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Google Launches Google Transit Service

12/13/05

Google has launched a new type of service called Google Transit. Google Transit offers creative solutions for those who want to rely on public transportation to get in and around urbanized areas.

For now, as the program remains in a BETA setting -- the service is only available for Portland Oregon. Google publicly admits though that this is a service that they are planning to unroll across the country as more transit authorities choose to participate.

Google introduces it's system with the following:

Do you live in or near a city? Want to go someplace—to the airport, to dinner, to work every day—and not worry about the hassles and expense of driving and parking? Google Transit Trip Planner enables you to enter the specifics of your trip—where you're starting, where you're ending up, what time of day you'd like to leave and/or arrive—then uses all available public transportation schedules and information to plot out the most efficient possible step-by-step itinerary. You can even compare the cost of your trip with the cost of driving the same route!

For more information and a test of how the system works visit the new homepage for Google Transit at:
http://www.google.com/transit

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