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Google’s Transit Trip Planner

Yes, Google has ventured into the world of public transit! They have launched yet another beta application, the Transit Trip Planner. Here is how they describe it:

Do you live in or near a city? Want to go someplace—to the airport, to dinner, to work every day—and not worry about the hassles and expense of driving and parking? Google Transit Trip Planner enables you to enter the specifics of your trip—where you’re starting, where you’re ending up, what time of day you’d like to leave and/or arrive—then uses all available public transportation schedules and information to plot out the most efficient possible step-by-step itinerary. You can even compare the cost of your trip with the cost of driving the same route!

At the moment we’re only offering this service for the Portland, Oregon metro area, but we plan to expand to cities throughout the United States and around the world.

I hope they launch the service to other cities soon, it looks very cool. I also like the fact that they compare the public transit fares with the true costs of driving. Maybe this will start to get people thinking in other ways about transit and walking, since Google has a massive influence over our daily lives. Site notification courtesy of Josh.

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  • planner January 13, 2006, 8:10 am

    Good planner transit.

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