Every percent counts

Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 8:43 AM



The Google Transit team has been busy lately. In the last few weeks alone we've added trip planning coverage for:

- Buses and light rail in Dallas, Texas
- The Las Vegas Monorail
- Humboldt County, CA
- Thousand Oaks, CA
- Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)

I'm especially excited about this last one, since it's our first partner agency to serve my hometown of Berkeley, CA. Oh, and there's one more reason I like BART. As you may know, Google Transit began its life as a 20 percent project. Now, the fine folks at BART have furthered their collaboration with us in BART 1 percent time which is like 20 percent time, only, as our friends at BART explain, "it's one person and 19 percent less time." This data is available for anyone who wants to access it in the Google Transit Feed Specification, a creative commons-licensed data format we've developed to help facilitate sharing of data within the transit community.

There's also great news for Europe. We've added transit stop icons to Google Maps for a new batch of cities. In addition to Dublin, Ireland and Linz, Austria, the following 12 cities in Germany have also joined the club: Augsburg, Bielefeld, Bochum, Bunde, Dresden, Jena, Karlsruhe, Kassel, Lubeck, Mainz, Rostock and Trier.