Transportation headlines, Thursday, June 9

Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the library’s blog.

Google maps get live transit updates (Google blog)

The race to get more real-time bus arrival information to more customers is now a little more interesting. Google has launched a service for four American cities — San Diego, San Francisco, Portland and Boston — that allows Google Transit users to view when their bus will actually arrive, as well as any service updates for that line. Of course, Metro recently launched its own real-time bus arrival system, Nextrip, that informs customers when the next bus should show up. The usefulness of having Google do this, as far as I can tell, is that it’s a standardized platform for those using transit in other cities and not wanting to hunt down that city’s real-time website. Google says they’ll expand the service to more cities in the U.S. and overseas. Here’s a video from Google:

A pair of key developments near Expo Line (Curbed LA)

There are renderings here for a couple of developments proposed near the Expo Line’s Culver City station — an area, quite frankly, that can use some filling in. One is a residential/commercial mix and the other, called “The Platform,” is supposed to be a a “hip urban shopping center,” whatever that means (I’m not hip). The Expo Line doesn’t stop in downtown Culver City proper — it’s a short walk between the station and downtown — and I’d love to see more infill development that makes the area between the two more interesting than it is presently.

JetBlue offers free Metrolink rides to Bob Hope Airport for its passengers (LAist)

If you have a boarding pass for a JetBlue flight out of Burbank, that pass is also good for a Metrolink ride to the airport on the day of your flight. That’s an exceptionally smart, nifty-pow promotion! For those new to Metrolink, here’s the schedule for service on the Ventura County Line to the airport, which is on weekdays. The train platform is a very short walk from the entrance to the main terminal. There’s also a free shuttle.

1 reply

  1. Steve- the real advantage of Google doing it is that it’s a step closer to an open API. That means someone can write an app that works in ANY city, instead of waiting for someone to develop a transit app that works for the three bus lines in Ellensburg, Washington.

    It seems like a “small town problem”, but hey, LA just got bus arrival information and as we’ve seen, everyone is clamoring for an actual application for their iphone/android/blackberry/whatever. Certainly a case where common standards are helpful- they keep Metro from having to shell out money, since people will do it for you!