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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!
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.
[edited by: engine at 8:21 pm (utc) on Dec. 12, 2005]
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.)
"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?"
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.