Sic Transit

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The long knives seem to be out for SORTA, if the incredible shrinking daily is to be believed.  We have a medium sized filleting job that we’d like to use.  How stupid is it that you can use Google to get transit directions from TANK but not Queen City Metro?  Do you know what I’m talking about?  It’s an option on the left hand side of the screen when you’re getting help from Google maps.  In other words, TANK saw the virtue of making its system easily visible on the service that everybody uses, while Metro tells you to take a hike.

That, by the way, is what happens when you ask for transit directions from a point in Northern Kentucky to a point in the city.  Google takes you as far as you can go on TANK and then tells you to get walking in Cincinnati.

-Nemo Wolfe

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Published in: on July 14, 2009 at 5:03 pm  Comments (5)  

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  1. I’ve heard that Metro has run into technical problems with Google on this matter. It is something that should have been functional by now, but obviously is not.

  2. The worst part is that you pretty much have to use Google Maps when figuring out a trip on Metro — e.g. to locate the nearest major intersection to your starting or end point that the Metro trip planner will recognize, or to figure out a relevant landmark right that will alert you to your stop.

    Metro’s trip planner is horrible and counterintuitive. I’ve considered deconstructing some of my issues with it on my blog, but my rant would just get too long and complicated!

  3. I’m beginning to think that Metro benefits from the city’s isolation the way many other local institutions do. Cincinnatians don’t know how advanced things could be because they don’t get out to other places. There are better buses happening, for example. Quiet. Electric. Comfortable. The Google glitch is just an example of local retrothink.

  4. @ Randy Simes I contacted Metro them about Google Transit last year. They put me in touch with a member of their technical team who assured me they would have it up first quarter of 2009. As a consolation he told me he would add me to their beta testing rollout. That was back in December. We exchanged a few email in January and February. But I still haven’t been able to test anything.

    I am disappointed, but sadly not shocked, that they haven’t worked it out yet. A few months ago I was in Chicago and relied on Google Transit for train routes and schedules. It was great.

    Hopefully Metro or Sorta will sort it out soon.

    @Nemo If Mark Twain’s prediction is accurate we only have to wait fifteen years to “catch up.”

  5. METRO’s Trip Adviser is the worst piece of programming in the history of computers and you should be happy to use it! Something to tell the grandkids.


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