I’m fond of GoogleMaps as a way figure out where I’m going, mostly because of the “satellite view” feature. But now even more mapping fun is on the way. Google has just launched GoogleTransit, a feature that allows you to search a city’s transit system. The Trip Planner allows you to enter the specifics of your trip, and then uses all available public transportation schedules and information to plot out the most efficient possible step-by-step itinerary. According to their FAQ page, you can even compare the cost of your trip with the cost of driving the same route.
Right now the tool is only available for Portland, Oregon, but Google promises to roll GoogleTransit out to cities across the U.S. and around the world in the future. When the Toronto version hits the internet, Toronto travellers can pair the GoogleTransit Trip Planner with our homegrown TTC Rider Efficiency Guide for maximum transit efficiency.