Google Transit makes a stop in the Capital Region

Google Transit example

The downtown Albany to St. Peter's example.

As ThisQualityLife reported in a comment earlier this week, coverage of the Capital Region on Google Transit started today. And it is pretty cool.

You plug in where you're at, where you want to go, and Google figures out which bus to take, how far you'll have to walk, and how long the whole trip will probably last. (Check out this example for a trip from downtown Albany to St. Peter's.) Another interesting feature is the ability to plan/map a trip if you just want to walk. (See that same downtown to St. Peter's trip via foot.)

We can see this being really helpful for bus riders -- especially people who ride only occasionally (it's probably easier than getting a coach). But even if you never ride the bus, it's kind of fun to play around with these maps.

Comments

started today? this has been up for a month!

@Bill: Weird. When we tried it yesterday, it wasn't working (and Albany still doesn't appear on the Google Transit list of cities served). The transit info has been embedded on the maps for a while, but this was the first time we the routing worked for us.

admittedly, i haven't been a regular user for a month, but while trying to figure out bus directions from troy to albany in early july, i wound up using this feature. perhaps it was in an early form of testing back then....

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