With gas prices still high and still in the news, anyone who's begun to seriously consider keeping their car parked in favor of public transportation may be interested in the latest service from Google
According to CNET
It also provides useful estimates that could make public transportation easier -- walking times to catch the nearest transportation on the route, lines, estimated travel time, and cost, among others. Thus far, the service is only available in Portland, Ore., but it seems many other metropolitan areas would clamor for such a service. (For the time being, it appears that Portland has the most state-of-the-art transportation network, but it stands to reason that many cities should follow suit.)
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Meanwhile, Google's at the right place at the right time with this service. With gas prices still high, many Americans are likely tempted to use more public transportation. People are buzzing about the peak oil concept, and the traffic gridlock in many U.S. metropolitan areas is legendary. Still, habitual drivers like me can often find public transportation rather confusing. A service like this helps to clear up a lot of the mystery.
Google continues to come up with new ways to fit its search engine into our daily lives. Given the stock's dizzying upward trajectory, the folks investing in Google at its current price of 90 times earnings are surely hoping that this latest innovation will be worth the trip.
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