So I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the rising gas prices, and decided that I need to do more biking and taking public transit. The unfortunate thing about where I live in Fort Wayne is that I’m not on any of the bus routes. I’d literally have to drive to get to one. (None of the roads near me are safe enough, in my opinion, to ride on to get to a bus route. If I HAD to I could but I’d really prefer not to.) However, I’m fine with parking and riding, especially since several of the routes converge on the Walmart near my house. I could park there and catch the bus to where I needed to go. It’d be especially awesome if I needed to go several places in one day, running errands, etc. An all day pass is only 3 bucks, which is cheaper than a gallon of gas by quite a bit.
So with that plan in mind, I tried to figure out the routes so that I could plan a trip. Unfortunately, Citilink, our public transit system, isn’t very modern-tech friendly. They’ve not fed their route data to Google yet, so you can’t use Google Maps to automagically figure out which buses to take to get around. (A video demoing this is here.) I was also disappointed to see that their timetables didn’t have a very appealing visual look. It was hard to decipher exactly what the bus was doing along the route from their map, and I’m very good at reading maps. It’d be so much nicer if they had a Google map available for each route.
Then I realized that I can do this myself, if I was so motivated. And, just to play around and see, I came up with this:
View Citilink Route 1 – Waynedale Via Broadway in a larger map
Pretty nifty eh? Though I’m not entirely sure if it’s accurate in the Waynedale area. That bit of their map was confusing. I wonder if I could present this to Citilink and get a summer internship of some sort there doing this. It’d be even more awesome to prepare the full set of timetable data for inclusion so that people can use Google Maps to plan their trips automagically…
Yes, I am a nerd. But hey, I’m going to email Citilink and see if I can at least gouge them into doing it themselves. It’d make things so much easier.