Like the release of most Google products, we’re not really sure when Google Transit came out. However, doing of few Google searches showed that as far back as December 2005 Google had already piloted Google Transit in Portland, Oregon.
So what is this Google Transit? It’s an online tool using a Google Map interface which allows users to plan a trip using public transit. Simply type in your coordinates and your desired destination and Google Transit will turn out a detailed plan for you to arrive your destination, using public transit of course. Here’s a sample plan:
Currently Google Transit is only available in the following cities:
We’re hoping that more cities will be available soon. And not just cities in developed countries.
We’re also hoping that someone comes up with a similar service but for cyclists. That is, if you plug in your coordinates and destination you could get the most bike friendly route for getting there.