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Google Maps, Metro, and the Big Blue Bus

Oct 14, 2010 by Lisa Newton

The news is out, the Big Blue Bus finally made it to Google maps. Although it’s great news, it’s also about time.

After reading this news, I thought I’d play with Google a little bit to see how well Metro, and the Big Blue work together.

After all, the Big Blue Bus–for the most part–only runs in Santa Monica, so connecting with the Metro buses is a real boon for our great city.

So to test out my curiosity about the new merging of the Big Blue and Metro Buses on Google, I plugged in 600 Ocean Park Boulevard, in Santa Monica, and then 100 South Grand Avenue in Downtown, Los Angeles.

As you can see below, they worked together seamlessly:

Then the real fun came as I subsequently changed the departure time. In this example, the route above was for a 5:15pm departure, which will take about and hour and 35 minutes.

But here is how it looks at 4:00pm departure:

On this route, you can get downtown using only the Big Blue. BTW, this route takes about an hour and 37 minutes.

This is the same route at 8:00am–which takes approximately an 1 hour and 14 minutes, to get from one point to the other.

If you’re planning to leave to travel at about 9:00pm, Metro is your only choice:

If for some reason, you find yourself in Santa Monica at 3:00am, you still have options:

This route, which isn’t exactly a beeline to downtown–but if you’ve had a little too much to drink–it’s a great way to get where you want to go without hassle or worry. This route’s time frame takes about an hour and 39 minutes.

After looking at all the options available, I–and probably everybody else that takes both the Big Blue and the Metro, will be happy to have this new feature now on Google maps, and if you’re lucky, your friendly smart phone.

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