By David Hutton, The StarPhoenixSaskatoon Transit announced Friday that Google’s transit planning tool is now live in the city.
The trip-planning tool was initially announced in March 2010 with transit officials saying it would be up and running by June of that year.
Saskatoon Transit manager Mitch Riabko said it took Google longer than expected to get the system operating.
The tool uses the same data as Click & Go, the city’s own online route planner. Google Transit also lets users know the cost of the trip and compares it to the cost of driving, a city news release says.
Unlike the city’s online route planner, Google Transit allows riders to enter a business name or category, and finds the address for you.
It also offers “Street View ground-level images which allows riders to actually see a transit station or stop, where its located exactly, whether there is a covered shelter or bench, how far it is from a business, and other practical uses,” the city news release says.
The tool is available on mobile devices and at www.google.com/transit...Continue reading.