December 8, 2005
Google Transit Launches with TriMet
My favorite part is the comparison of driving costs with the transit fare!
What this highlights is that TriMet has great data, and a real willingness to be innovative. Here at Portland Transport we're very well aware of this. Tomorrow we'll be launching a transit tool of our own, relying on TriMet's data. Watch this space...
December 8, 2005 10:37 AM
Lenny Anderson Says:
My brother who will be visiting from Florida over the holidays has requested information from both TriMet and C-Tran via email about using the two systems for a single trip...he'll be staying in Vancouver, but traveling most days to our father's place in Portland. Both web sites indicate that you can travel without paying two fares (except for C-Tran Premium service), but then seem to contradict this in the details provided. At a time when the I-5 corridor is our most congested, it borders on criminal that these two transit systems make it more difficult and costly to cross the river/border between OR and WA without a car.
December 8, 2005 12:49 PM
Jessica Roberts Says:
Hm, every search I've tried has just given me driving directions. What am I doing wrong?
December 8, 2005 1:07 PM
Boy, the Google product is pre-beta. It took me many, many tries to get it to recognize my location, and then it gave me very bad advice (walking to Foster to catch a 14 in to town, when I'm starting a few yards from Holgate!).
But I do believe they'll get it right over time.
December 8, 2005 11:23 PM
THAT IS THE BOMB DIGGITY!
Sorry for the all caps. *ahem* yea. sorry, nothing to see here, folks. move along, move along, and go google your own bus!
December 11, 2005 8:32 PM
Jason McHuff Says:
A couple of thoughts:
- There is a discussion group about Google Transit
- There was a blog post a while back that talked about linking interactive maps and trip planners:
There are two great tastes which need to go together: interactive online maps and online trip-planners for public transportation. ...TriMet will show you a map of your start or end address with the correct bus stop highlighted, but it won't show you the whole route.
- You only get one routing option, and it might not be the best one
- Is this another example of how we have one of the best transit systems in the nation?
- Lenny, I agree that it is not clear on how to use TriMet tickets on C-TRAN. C-TRAN's page says that you can use 10-Ticket Book tickets, but states that they don't take transfers.