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    Why don't transit authorities offer Mapquest-style directions?

    I know a lot of people are intimidated by navigating schedules and routes. Why not do the same for public transit that Mapquest did for driving directions? I wouldn't think it'd be too hard to implement. Imagine:

    Enter a starting address:
    2122 N. Broad
    Philadelphia, PA

    Enter a destination address:
    103 Garrett Rd.
    Upper Darby, PA

    Directions:

    1. Walk 4 blocks south to Cecil B Moore Orange Line Station, 0.2 miles
    2. Take Orange Line Inbound to City Hall Station, 3 miles
    3. Transfer to Blue Line toward 69th Street, 4 miles
    4. Exit 69th Street Terminal and walk east on Market St. toward Garrett Rd, 0.3 miles
    5. Turn left onto Garrett Rd. toward 103, 0.2 miles

    etc...

    Do any cities offer this? I've often thought that Mapquest should do pedestrian directions when figuring how to get from a restaurant to a nearby movie theater and being frustrated that Mapquest's directions will always tell you to take a limited-access expressway or abide by one-way streets.

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    It sounds like a valid idea but based upon my experience with Mapquest, it tends to give you the longer, less convenient, out-of-the-way directions.
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    And more:

    for Atlanta's MARTA
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    Detroit has one too

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    As does DART (Dallas)!


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    NJTransit has one too -
    http://atisweb.njtransit.com/cgi-bin...resptype=U#TOP

    SEPTA does have one but the results it comes back with are crap
    http://atisweb.njtransit.com/cgi-bin...resptype=U#TOP

    I'm more interested in one that can tell me how to get from 2345 South Main st. in Middletown, CT to 245 College Drive in Newark, Delaware.

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    Oh, well looks like I need to do my research more carefully... seems to be pretty widespread.

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    Quote Originally posted by passdoubt
    Oh, well looks like I need to do my research more carefully... seems to be pretty widespread.
    I think you're on to something if it's what you meant.

    There should be a mapquest for people w/o cars. It should kick back several options ranked by price and time.

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    Quote Originally posted by jresta
    I think you're on to something if it's what you meant.

    There should be a mapquest for people w/o cars. It should kick back several options ranked by price and time.
    Actually, I'd like to see actual foldable maps that show clearly where major forms of mass transit are located. Out of the many street maps of chicago i've seen, only one (rand mcnally) clearly indicate all mass transit stops as well as what "color" lines they belong to.

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    ADC Maps here in the mid-atlantic does that. They put out county road maps with all of the rail routes and stops.

    Of course http://www.streetwisemaps.com/StreetwiseMapsPage.html
    has been making city maps for a while with most bus and rail info.

    We also have the handy http://www.phillymap.com that i never leave without anymore. It's a road map with all of the bike/bus/train/trolley info from Trenton to Wilmington and Doylestown to Glassboro

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    Quote Originally posted by Solipsa
    Actually, I'd like to see actual foldable maps that show clearly where major forms of mass transit are located. Out of the many street maps of chicago i've seen, only one (rand mcnally) clearly indicate all mass transit stops as well as what "color" lines they belong to.
    Something like this:

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