Local transit info now on Google Maps

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The intersection of State and Pearl in downtown Albany.

Check it out: Google Maps now offers transit info on its maps for the Capital Region. (Zoom in to the third closest level to see it.)

Bus stops are marked with an icon. Click on them and info about all the routes that connect at that stop pops up. Click on one of the numbers and a schedule will pop up. Pretty cool.

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This is great! I often am wondering what time the next bus is leaving...unfortunately, CDTA still is bad.

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Here's the funny thing, the image above includes 6 bus lines that don't actually exist (or that at least don't have the given route numbers associated with them.) There are no lines designated with the following numbers that stop at State and Pearl in Albany: 40, 42, 43, 48, 49, or 57 -- at least according to CDTA's list of buses that stop in Albany. But, if you click the link for Trip Planner on the CDTA site (which is a product that's being used by transit systems across the country -- I see it when I visit random transit websites just for fun), and then click on "View a Timetable" ... then you'll see all of these bus lines listed (40, 42, 43, 48, 49, or 57), and will see that for the most part, they are lines that seem to be contracted with various schools throughout the region -- but aren't buses that your average rider is going to hop onto at the corner of State and Pearl. And... I wonder, how many of these school specials actually run during the summer months??

I've fallen in love with Trip Planner, but this takes it to a whole new level! Thanks!!!

Hopefully this is the first step toward making it possible to get directions on CDTA using Google Maps Transit (http://maps.google.com/transit).

As the full-fledged public transportation geek that I've become, I was sitting back at my desk watching today's CDTA board meeting online and ...Tim, you are on to something! They announced as of Friday, August 1 Google Transit will be live with CDTA's transit info -- and apparently the IT staff has been hard at work coordinating with Google... and hopefully ironing out some of those bizarro kinks in the system.

Finally CDTA is starting to actually make it easy for people to ride.

For Schenectady New York's CDTA transit system The list of routes that are no longer in service, and they are: Routes 51, 52, 53, 54, 57, 61, 62, 66, and 77, as of May 23, 2010, these routes are no longe in service, and can you remove the bus stops that are part of those routes mentioned above from the Google transit. In Schenectady, there are now only CDTA routes 351, 352, 353, 354, and 358, that are in Schenectady, New York
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