Albany

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Albany in 3D.

Troy

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Troy in 3D.

Schenectady

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Schenectady 3D

Transit Schedule Explorer

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This is a screengrab of the schedule explorer for a trip from Crossgates to Troy.

Flying through a 3D map of the Capital Region

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Check it out: Google Maps has 3D images of the Capital Region -- and you can rotate, tilt, and "fly" around the images.

We're not sure how long this function has been active here. (Google Maps have had 45-degree imagery of this area for a few years.) We didn't notice it until someone pointed it out to us today. (Thanks, Fred!)

How to use it: Switch a Google map to "earth" view (lower left corner), and then look for the little "3D" button in the lower right corner under the compass needle. And be sure to try holding down the control button while moving around the map.

There are a few screengrabbed examples of local spots after the jump if you're curious. The level of detail is pretty good, even if some features do end up a bit warped. (Sorry, Nipper!)

Schedule Explorer: Another Google Maps that was recent new to us is the "Schedule Explorer" for CDTA routes. It graphically displays which buses (or bus combinations) will get to a certain place by a certain time. It'll make sense when you see it. We've included a screengrab of that after the jump, too.

Look up

The screengrabbed examples are above in large format -- click or scroll all the way up.

Comments

Yes, I love the Transit Scheduler (not super new, I've been aware of it for a least a year now). Somehow, seeing all the options lined up as if they were on a racing track, and having the ability to divine the end results, gives one a better idea of what option to select. I find it particularly useful when going from one transit rich destination (e.g Crossgates) to another transit rich destination (like downtown Albany) and you have multiple options to choose from; sometimes it pays to skip that bus pulling up, continue to dig into your book, and wait for the one coming in 5 minutes, because its route will get you to your destination quicker.

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