• Posts
  • RSS
  • ◂◂RSS
  • Contact

  • Google Transit: Boston

    November 2nd, 2009
    mbta, transport  [html]
    Apparently, google maps has known the mbta schedules since july. I've just noticed this now. It's very good, much better than the mbta's plan my trip page. Things I like:
    • It's fully integrated into google maps, so I can click once and have it switch to walking (biking) directions
    • It's prettier
    • I have a vague impression that the routefinding is better, but it may not be.
    • It's fast and responsive
    • It's pleasant to use
    Things I don't like:
    • You can't drag the start and end trip markers unless you temporarily switch to walking/driving mode.
    • It won't give me a map of all bus routes in an area with notations to show how frequently they come. As we just moved to cambridge, this would be very helpful. I've mostly figured what roads have high frequency busses from the mbta site, but it took a while.
    • It is not ok with trips to places the mbta doesn't go. If I want to go to bedford, ok, take the 62 bus. If I want to go a little past bedford towards carslile, it will tell me how But if I want to go a little further, it refuses even though it's happy to offer walking directions. It's just a little more walking. Bother.
    • I can't drag around walking portions of the route; they're fixed.

    Comment via: facebook

    Recent posts on blogs I like:

    EDT with updating double counts

    I recently got confused thinking about the following case: Calculator bet: I am offered the opportunity to bet on a mathematical statement X to which I initially assign 50% probability (perhaps X = 139926 is a quadratic residue modulo 314159). I have acce…

    via The sideways view October 12, 2021

    Meditations on newborns

    [Content: death.]I wrote most of this a couple of months ago when Nora was a newborn, but the first few months are not that conducive to finishing blog posts. New babies put you into a liminal period, both in your own experience and in how others treat yo…

    via The whole sky October 3, 2021

    The value of in-house expertise

    An alternate title for this post might be, "Twitter has a kernel team!?". At this point, I've heard that surprised exclamation enough that I've lost count of the number times that's been said to me (I'd guess that it's more tha…

    via Posts on Dan Luu September 29, 2021

    more     (via openring)


  • Posts
  • RSS
  • ◂◂RSS
  • Contact