Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Web Wednesday - Google Transit & RouteShout
Get There With Google Transit and RouteShout
OK, let's say you want to give HART bus service a try, but you're not really sure where to go, which route you need, how long it will take...basically, you're a newbie in need of help. Where can you turn? Just check out the Google Transit application on http://www.gohart.org/.
Google Transit is FREE, easy and will have you riding the bus like a pro in no time. At the bottom of each page on HART's website, you'll see fields where you can enter your starting address, destination address, and the date and time you want to travel. Just enter your info and click "Get Directions." That will take you to a Google map of your trip, with a listing of routes you can choose from, the exact locations of stops closest to you, how long it will take, and what your fare should be. You just choose your route and trip, show up at the bus stop, and you're on your way!
Once you get to your bus stop, you can always check for the next scheduled arrival on HART's new RouteShout service.
You just text RouteShout the stop ID number, and minutes later you'll receive information about the next buses scheduled to come your way. If you have a smartphone, you can download the RouteShout app from your service's app store. If you're rocking the web-enabled cell phone, you can go to m.routeshout.com for your virtual schedule-on-the-go.
Learn more about RouteShout by clicking here.
If you find you still need some help, or just like a more personal touch, you can always call the HARTinfo Line at (813) 254-HART (4278) for customized trip planning assistance and answers to all of your questions.