NYC Google Maps Trip Planner
December 14, 2005 12:30 PM   Subscribe

Yet another Google Maps hack for the NYC subway system. This one helps you plan your trip from point A to point B, and gives you an estimated travel time. Most locals will quickly find that the routes it suggests usually aren't the optimum, however this may be useful for visitors, at least until Friday morning. In the event of a strike, this is your best bet for some form of direction.
posted by allkindsoftime (20 comments total)
Is there one of these for DC?
posted by borkingchikapa at 1:00 PM on December 14, 2005

Does NYC not provide this type of service itself? Chicago does.
posted by MrZero at 1:03 PM on December 14, 2005

Very cool. Looks like it has a few quirks, especially if some amount of backtracking is necessary to catch the closest cross-town train (and I wish it knew the bus routes too!) but very useful nonetheless.
posted by rottytooth at 1:07 PM on December 14, 2005

Apparently DC does have a similar tool. Didn't play with it, but I hope it can help you. Next time I'll try to be a little less NYC-centric in my post.
posted by allkindsoftime at 1:18 PM on December 14, 2005

Seems to have some problems... I ran it along the M just for kicks, and apparently I can get from 36th St in Brooklyn to the Financial District in five and a half minutes. In reality, that trip would probably be at bare minimum 25 minutes. But I'll cut it a break, because who takes the M, anyway?
posted by cacophony at 1:22 PM on December 14, 2005

Very cool, but it's true that the routes and times are less than accurate. I asked it how I should go about the Southern Queens to Midtown Manhattan commute for my last job. It gave me the obvious route but not the best. And as far as the timing goes, it claimed the trip would take 1h12m, including a 45 minute walk to the subway station. That trip used to take me 1h45m when I got driven to the subway.
posted by tomorama at 1:23 PM on December 14, 2005

I like it. I also enjoy the squib on the NYC website that uses the word "illegal" whenever referring to the possible strike.
posted by brain_drain at 1:28 PM on December 14, 2005

Walk to the 161 Street/Yankee Stadium station.
Board the C.
Fare: Pay $2.00
Transfer at W 145 Street to the D.
Transfer at W 34 Street - Herald Square to the PATH to Journal Square.
Fare: Pay $1.50
Transfer at Journal Square to the PATH to EWR.
Transfer at Newark - Penn Station to the Newark City Subway to Grove Street.
Get off at Grove Street
Estimated time: 1 hours, 52 minutes, 47 seconds

Walk for 1272 hours, 36 minutes, 15 seconds to Coliseum/Oakland Airport, CA.

Board the BART
Fare: Pay $3.15
Depart: Coliseum/Oakland Airport
Arrive: Embarcadero, San Francisco
Travel Time: 20 minutes
Then: Go to: E. Corner Of 1st St. & Howard St.
Board SF Muni Bus #10/17th & Deharo
Fare: Pay $1.50
Get Off: Townsend St. & 3rd St.
Go to: Sbc Park in San Francisco (Location map)
Travel Time: 14 min

Total Estimated time: 1275 hours, 3 minutes
Total Fare: $8.15

Works for me.
posted by lampshade at 2:44 PM on December 14, 2005

Wow, I'll just never tire of all these "look at the latest Google treasure" links. I'm just stunned each and every time.
posted by jasenlee at 3:46 PM on December 14, 2005

THe NYC fare is $2.00, not $1.50, a la carte.

I'd like to see a Governor go PATCO on the MTA workers if they strike.

in any case, use this Google hack to navigate to the Mefi Meetup I will organize in my 'hood shortly....!
posted by ParisParamus at 3:50 PM on December 14, 2005

lampshade, I believe that's the John Muir line.
posted by eatitlive at 3:57 PM on December 14, 2005

Not to poo-poo the hack, but this will soon become obsolete.

Google already does this via google transit for portland while "google transit" sits in Beta. Over time, they'll surely be adding more and more cities and I'd be willing to bet that New York, Chicago et al will be added by someone.

I like Chicago's trip planner, but it can be irritating sometimes...
posted by twiggy at 5:22 PM on December 14, 2005

Well don't I suck. worked before so I assumed it still wroked. works. Sorry.
posted by twiggy at 5:23 PM on December 14, 2005

Jumping jesus christ on a pogo stick. .. no trailing slash. They've really bungled with my brain ...

Sorry x 1,000 ..

/i'm an idiot.
posted by twiggy at 5:25 PM on December 14, 2005

I call a commuter strike. They get a surplus and we get another proposed fare hike next year. Let's all buy motorcycles.

Nuts to you, MTA. And your snide reminders to refill my card or the turnstyle will knee me in the crotch. Nuts to you.
posted by Marnie at 5:30 PM on December 14, 2005

This thing thinks it takes 14 minutes to walk from 9th avenue to 7th avenue in the 50s. Even tourists go faster than that.
posted by CunningLinguist at 5:31 PM on December 14, 2005

I take the M! (sometimes)
posted by dame at 10:03 PM on December 14, 2005

Very cool, now if only someone would do this for the London Underground.
posted by chill at 5:39 AM on December 15, 2005

Obligatory: please tell me why people making over $50K/year with great benefits should be entitled to strike. PATCO!!!
posted by ParisParamus at 5:44 AM on December 15, 2005

THe NYC fare is $2.00, not $1.50, a la carte.

Lampshade was referenceing the PATH price at that point.

But thanks for playing.
posted by piratebowling at 6:10 AM on December 15, 2005

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