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GoogleMaps Plans your Public Transportation Trips 2008-05-02 13:03:09

Geek Tip: Find Your Way on Public Transit With Google Maps

I use public transit every day and rarely drive, unless I'm going out of town. And as much as I love my city, their trip planners are not as helpful as they could be. So where do you go for some bus- and train-hopping advice? You head on over to Google Maps, of course!

GoogleMaps has an awesome public-transportation database that tells you which bus to get. Enter your start and end addresses (or zip codes), select which mode you want (here in SF, you can take Muni, Bart, or Caltrain to get around), and the Google guru will do the rest. Plus it seems pretty reliable, as I've tried it twice for places I've never been before and happily arrived within 10 minutes of the ETA that Google Maps provided. And since Google is racking up the cities that they can map out for you, you should always be able to find your way — and be a bit more earth friendly to boot!

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beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
cool. i'll use this whenever i am in the states. the bc transit trip planner is actually pretty great - but then, i don't use skytrains/subways/ very often - like people need to in other cities that may be more spread out.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
No DC yet. :(
witchbaby witchbaby 9 years
Hopstop.com is what I use :)
kia kia 9 years
I played with this earlier this week and it worked a lot faster than my local transit department's website.
warau warau 9 years
i'll check if there is any for tokyo! that's where i'll be all summer
calamari calamari 9 years
It even tells you how much the train fair will cost? Wow! neat.
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
wtf, no ny!
wren1 wren1 9 years
Cool! Thanks! :)
Angelica Angelica 9 years
Great tip. I am gonna try this next time!
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