Walk Score Updates Transit Travel Map for Bay Area

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As we reported a couple weeks ago, Walk Score was developing a new transit twist to their website, which is now in beta here.  The transit shed map seen above utilizes Google Transit Feed Specification schedule data from the MTA, Caltrain, and BART to produce the travel information (hint: zoom in to pinpoint your location if your results don’t seem accurate).

The folks at Walk Score have partnered with Zillow.com to couple millions of real estate listings with walk scores, with the hope of encouraging new home buyers to consider how walkable the neighborhood is before they buy.

"If you look at a real estate site today, there’s nothing that talks
about how well a house is served by transit," said Matt Lerner of Walk Score.  "This is a baby step in
that direction. We want people to think about Walk Score and transit
when they’re deciding where to live."

MTA Spokesperson Judson True said the following after plugging in a coordinate on the N-Judah corridor in the Sunset:

We haven’t even begun to see the ways technology will help us get around better on transit.  It also points out that transit isn’t fast enough.  We know that in order to make transit attractive to people, you have to get where you need to go in a reasonable time.

Tell us what you think and what can be improved with the site.

  • Jeffrey W. Baker

    It’s a cool site, but I still think the results are wrong. Either that, or I’m grossly overestimating Muni’s performance.

    If you put a market at the Forest Hill K/L/M station, the transitshed should extend downtown along Market, and oceanward along Taraval. But instead you get a roughly circular area for the 15-minute travel time, which appears to me to be the distance a person can walk in 15 minutes. The 30 and 45-minute areas seem to correspond to walk-to-bus distances.

  • GRR

    It seems to me that this app in particular should be used as justification for smaller transit operators to get their data into the open transit feed specification. In fact, google.org should fund this.

  • MUNI is so slow that it isn’t much faster than walking, especially since walking can often follow a more direct path. A bike score rating would be great as well. Nice concept.

  • theo

    Agreed, there’s definitely something screwed up about the way it’s handling Muni Metro lines — if it handles them at all. It seems to get bus routes mostly right.

  • Brandon Martin-Anderson

    It turns out bike travel-time maps aren’t actually that interesting to look at. When you take transfers into account, travel by bicycle is about as fast as transit. Consequently, no matter where you click, the map of the 45-minute bicycle+bus travel is a fairly round shape with a radius of about ten miles. Here’s what a 15-mph bike+bus trip looks like in Portland: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3318/3292473430_f69856a560_o.png

  • Aw, no love for the South Bay and VTA.

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