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.
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.
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