I posted a while ago about finding your way around NYC and how easy it can be, as long as you don’t mind standing around and looking lost until someone helps you out. Now it looks like Google is trying to help out, with the introduction of Google Transit.
Google Transit is based on a spec that Google has published, allowing any public transit operator to make their schedules and routes available in the Google interface, including their maps and all the other fun stuff that they have available. Sadly, it isn’t available for any of the cities I seem to frequent the mass transit systems of (New York, Washington, DC and Boston), but they do have a number of cities, including several international destinations, covered. It’d be nice if I could use place names (like names of the casinos instead of their addresses for the Las Vegas Monorail), but otherwise it is very, very cool. Oh, and an English option for the schedules/routes they have for all of Japan would be great as I’m headed over there soon and could use the help in my planning.
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