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Posted at 2:51 PM ET, 03/10/2011
LOCAL BLOG NETWORK

Google Transit still 'very close'

By David Alpert

WMATA CEO Richard Sarles said a launch of trip planning on Google Maps is "very close" but declined to give a specific timeline. This project has frustratingly remained "very close" for more than a year.

A December e-mail from Victor Grimes in WMATA IT said they "anticipate going live by mid-January." That deadline has long passed. The agency was saying the exact same thing a year ago.

Integrating with Google Maps will provide big benefits to Metro. Many people already have Google Maps on iPhones and Android phones, and visitors to D.C. or infrequent riders use it to navigate. Putting bus stops on the maps and providing trip planning right from that interface will make riding transit easier and advertise its existence to many wouldn't otherwise know about options or find them too daunting.

I know that technological projects sometimes take longer than expected and problems can crop up. However, WMATA management has continuously remained very tight-lipped about their lack of progress, and did not respond to a request yesterday.

[Continue reading David Alpert's post at Greater Greater Washington.]

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By David Alpert  | March 10, 2011; 2:51 PM ET
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Metro, traffic, transportation  
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