Friday, December 09, 2005

Google Transit Trip Planner

I am thrilled to see that Google is working on a new service called Google Transit Trip Planner which is kind of like the familiar "Driving Directions", but for public transit riders. This Google Blog post, Public Transit Via Google, talks about how Google's policy of letting employees work on whatever they're interested in 20% of the time led to this innovation. I sure hope this service gets implemented in Los Angeles where we have so many transit systems, i.e. Metro buses, Metro light rail, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus, Culver City Bus, etc. Now, if we could only outfit the buses and trains with GPS and have them report their locations to Google...

3 comments:

byaspan said...

Wo that thing is really cool! I could see the info for Nashville...

It would say "Get in car to go where you want to because buses are yukky here"

Ken said...

What makes the buses in Nashville so yukky? Have you taken one?

byaspan said...

They are usually a bit smelly. However, I was only on a bus when I got here a couple years ago, and I heard they have done a lot to clean them up. So maybe my post is a bit outdated.