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Google Transit: Public Transportation Made *a bit* Easier

Posted in Newsworthy, Roads, Traffic by Vito Rispo | September 8th, 2008 | Leave a Reply |

One of the biggest problems with public transportation is the inconvenience factor. Why take the bus or subway when you have no idea how long you’ll have to wait for the next freaking pick up, right? Most of the time, driving just ends up being less of a hassle. But Google is trying to change that.

My friend Becky Striepe over at Ecolocalizer.com wrote a great post about Google’s neat new tool, Google Transit. Apparently, it gives you directions via public transportation, integrating buses, trains, and even walking; on top of that, it calculates the total travel time.

While I’m generally in favor of market alternatives to public transportation (like car sharing, or jitney transit), I have to admit, Google Transit has a lot of potential.

See how it works via video:

And check out the list of US cities the Google has transit info on:
* Bay Area, CA AC Transit, BART, Caltrain, Muni, VTA
* Burbank, CA Burbank Bus
* Davis, CA Unitrans
* Humboldt County, CA Arcata, Eureka, and Redwood Transit
* Irvine, CA Irvine Shuttle
* Southern California, CA Metrolink Trains
* Modoc County, CA Sage Stage
* Orange County, CA OCTA
* Rio Vista, CA Rio Vista Delta Breeze
* Sacramento, CA Regional Transit, Roseville Transit
* San Bernardino County, CA OMNITRANS
* San Diego, CA MTS
* Santa Cruz, CA Santa Cruz Metro
* Thousand Oaks, CA Thousand Oaks Transit
* Denver-Boulder Metro, CO RTD
* Grand Junction, CO Grand Valley Transit
* Broward County, FL Broward County Transit
* Miami-Dade County, FL Miami-Dade Transit
* Tampa, FL HART
* Atlanta, GA MARTA
* Honolulu, HI TheBus
* Chicago, IL CTA
* Cape Cod, MA Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority
* Framingham, MA MetroWest Regional Transit Authority
* Pioneer Valley, MA PVTA
* Baltimore, MD Maryland Transit Administration
* Ann Arbor, MI Ann Arbor Transportation Authority
* Detroit, MI SMART
* Holland, MI MAX – Macatawa Area Express
* Duluth, MN Duluth Transit
* Minneapolis, MN Metro Transit
* Kansas City, MO The Metro
* Missoula, MT Mountain Line
* Statewide, NJ NJ TRANSIT – trains only
* Las Vegas, NV Monorail
* Albany, NY CDTA
* Cleveland, OH Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
* Columbus, OH Central Ohio Transit Authority
* Norman, OK Cleveland Area Rapid Transit
* Eugene, OR Lane Transit District
* Portland, OR TriMet
* Pittsburgh, PA Port Authority
* Statewide, RI Rhode Island Public Transit Authority
* Austin, TX Capital Metro
* Dallas, TX DART
* Lubbock, TX Citibus
* Hampton Roads, VA HRT
* Island County, WA Island Transit
* Port Townsend, WA Jefferson Transit Authority
* Seattle, WA King County Metro
* Walla Walla, WA Valley Transit & Grapeline
* Green Bay, WI Green Bay Metro Transit
* Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee County Transit System
* Morgantown, WV Mountain Line Transit Authority

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