Metro Still Doesn't Have Their Act Together When it Comes to Google Transit
As Metrolink announces their inclusion in Google Transit today (although, it's been live since October), Steve Hymon at the LA Times takes a rightfully and just swing at Metro for still not working with Google.
There remains one huge glitch with Google Transit, and it's not Metrolink's fault. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been in talks with Google Transit about providing its bus and train scheduling data, but the talks haven't gone anywhere. So while many other large cities (New York and Chicago, to name two) are on Google Transit, we're stuck here in the technological backwater known as Los Angeles County. So if you want MTA schedules, you've got to get them through the Metro website, which is loaded with cumbersome and slow-loading pdf files for many schedules.
Back in October, Metro told LAist that they were looking at Google Transit, but were focusing on their own in-house Trip Planner. Let's see, Google's top-of-the-line service is free. Metro's Trip Planner costs taxpayer money.