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another google service: transit trip planner

     
12:29 am on Dec 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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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!

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4:39 pm on Dec 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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What's gonna be the value proposition this time?

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8:19 pm on Dec 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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another toy from the lab folks:

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Nifty. It replaces the old AAA trip-tik.
4:02 pm on Dec 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It appears this BETA is only covering Portland, Oregon at the moment.

The idea that commuters will be able to access public transit schedules, routes, and plan trips using their local public transportation options, is a good one.

Google says they are looking for other local transit agencies to get in touch with them.

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does anyone know if it works in canada?
4:59 pm on Dec 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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i researched it a bit more and realized it is only good in portland at the moment... I think its pretty sweet how it shows how much you can save... eventhough the cost of driving would be even higher if parking fees, cost of insurance, potential speeding tickets were all combined.
6:06 pm on Dec 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Google says they are looking for other local transit agencies to get in touch with them.

oh no, do they mean to move from search to provision of real services? that means we will soon have Google Banking, Insurance, Travel, Christmas Gifts, etc.?

That would be nasty.

8:09 pm on Dec 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Unfortunately, Google Transit doesn't currently support the Safari web browser—but we're working on it! In the meantime, we recommend Firefox for viewing Google Transit on the Mac.

Yet, when I spoof my UA to be Windows MSIE 6.0, everything works swimmingly. Congrats, it *does* work in Safari. (Google, you can turn off your Safari blocker.)

8:11 pm on Dec 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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This service will dovetail nicely with the "pods" that Google is putting in airports.
10:02 pm on Dec 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Introducing new Google service - Google's Yahoo! portal :)

Nifty, doesn't work anywhere but Portland i.e worthless, why would anyone but some local Portland portal site launch this?

10:24 pm on Dec 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Yeah but will they "sandbox" new highways and send alternate routes "supplemental"?
10:52 pm on Dec 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Aside from whatever underlying motivations they may have, G's Transit tool idea is timely and right on target for helping public transportation become a more viable means of getting around. For anyone who hasn't made public transit a way of life (and that's most of us), bus and train schedules can be horribly complicated and down-right frightening. It's no wonder we prefer to drive. Only takes one trip on a bus, though, to realize how incredibly more efficient it is for people to share a ride. The Transit tool could make a huge difference in making public transportation more attractive.
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keyon: G's Transit tool idea is timely and right on target

What marketing planet are you from?

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IMO next logical step is to create a navigation software like SmartST, TomTom, Destinator using gMaps/gTransit data and navigate people via GPS + add local search when gWiFi is around and BANG! - you have an ultimate all-in-one-search-find-navigate solution for mobile devices... Sounds terribly logical for me.(gotta post this "idea" on dreamscat to keep credits :) )
2:12 am on Dec 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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"trip-tik"

Oh mi, I have been scratching the back of my head for a couple of years now looking at the Google Directions I print with that hightlighter line . . . . knowing that it was familiar but not on the tip of my tongue. Yes! Trip Tik. Ahh, thanks.

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COuldnt resits posting a snip of my new DC article: :)

"So, you’re driving a car, and your PocketPC navigates you - you’re moving interstate and want to find a good motel with decent prices - you connect your PocketPC (with Google Navigate) via GPRS or via Google WiFi (gNav would tell you when they’re around) - search in Google Local – find a good motel - add the destination and move on! gTransit would add data to make your route seamless and hassle free.

The motel owner is a Google AdSense advertiser, who uses Google Analyze to track his online and offline visitors, hosts Google WiFi hotspot and a Google AdSense Local Screen in his lounge to direct visitors to local bars, restaurants and museums.

Who said Google Stock can’t go high any further?"

3:11 am on Dec 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Nifty, doesn't work anywhere but Portland i.e worthless, why would anyone but some local Portland portal site launch this?

for use by people visting or new to portland.

portland is obviously just a test market. if they had this for every city...then country/global, it would be far from worthless.

korea has a system much like this in place (better actually!) and they also charge local stores and whathave you to show up in their directory (like yellowpages). these could easily show up on G's transit map route as well.

2:04 pm on Dec 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It doesn't work very well:

pdx to concordia university, portland, oregon

Not found.

6:22 pm on Dec 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It is beta and limited to few destinations
9:14 pm on Dec 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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NazaretH, you have a good point here. Sounds like "google, no problem!" network :-) those of you who've been to Jamaica know its motto "jamaica no problem!"? this would be cool except it will cost ridiculous amounts of money (just like in jamaica). hotels will charge arm and leg 'case google will charge them so that your hotel can appear as "convenient"; all in all - good for google, good for hotels, but I'd rather be finding hotels on discount hotel sites
4:33 am on Dec 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Yeah, but Google could provide standart hotels search and add paid ads on the side/top/buttom part of the screen. Same as AdSense on their normal SERPs. With that big power as Google has... opportunities are endless.
2:20 am on Dec 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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google might actually have the prowess to pull this through. if it finally were possible to find all connections, especially in europe, travelling from one country to the next, ... and again if there are ads - why not? it shows, that the business cares about you and your $$ that doesn't necessarily mean it's more expensive!