Where's Google Transit?
Back in March, after a campaign by Greater Greater Washington and other blogs, Metro finally released its transit schedule and routing information using the open Google Transit Feed Specification format. However, riders still can't get directions using transit on Google Maps. What's the holdup?
LA recently joined Google Transit, making WMATA and Boston's MBTA the last major agencies not participating in the popular service. In fact, of the transit agencies APTA lists as "Heavy Rail," "Light Rail," and "Major Bus," about 85% of average weekday nationwide transit trips happen on systems working with Google.
Back in March, Metro released its information under fairly restrictive terms of service, which Google won't sign as is. Metro should work out a deal with Google for an agreement as soon as practical. Now that the new iPhone and Android phones support transit directions using Google Maps, Google Transit will make it easier for riders to get from here to there using Metro's rail and buses, and that's what Metro is all about.
- 9 things people always say at zoning hearings, illustrated by cats
- The Northeast Corridor carries more rail passengers than anywhere else in the country. What could it look like in 2040?
- The National Zoo has clarified its safety concerns. Turns out you're the problem.
- Montgomery will go ahead with BRT, but at what cost?
- WMATA's new general manager is listening before he even takes the reins
- What if Montgomery County gave BRT a temporary test run?
- Zig zag road stripes can get drivers to pay more attention