Friday, September 4, 2009

Another week without Google Transit

Still no Google Transit data for RTA. Google still suggests that I drive to the train station to get to Tyler Mall. Convenient.

A call to RTA's customer info line generated no new information.
However, one customer info clerk said that "it doesn't work as well as TranStar"...

You've gotta be kidding me. You're kidding, right?

Don't get me wrong, TranStar is a nice thing to have around. However, Google Transit will provide transit itineraries with unlimited transfers. It'll provide three alternate routes for every trip processed, with Google Maps integration. It provides information that is light-years beyond TranStar's flat text display, with static maps that occasionally work. Google Transit and TranStar shouldn't even be mentioned in the same sentence.

But apparently Google Transit requires "more testing", so the benefits of such a system will be released back into the wild when RTA feels like it.


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