Sunday, April 1, 2007

Google Launches Transit Planner

For a while I have been wondering why Google has not teamed up with city mass transit systems to provide trip planning and visualization. It seems like a very lucrative revenue stream for Google and easy outsourcing for the government. Well, it turns out that Google has been doing just that, and Seattle is on of 10 cities to be part of the system! Austin, TX is the latest city to join Google (Google blog announcement).

For now it seems that the service only suggests one bus route per trip, but I am sure with time, it will emulate the Seattle Metro Trip Planner functionality and suggest several possible routes.


John said...


John said...

Also, it does tell you the next three bus departure times, which transit programs often don't do, which is quite helpful.