RideGuide in NYC
November 10, 2004 8:28 AM   Subscribe

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Web site has a really neat application - RideGuide - that enables you to enter the addresses of your start point and destination and times, and it will crank out the subway and bus connections you need to get where you want to go.

Is there a New York City equivalent?
posted by mojohand to Travel & Transportation around New York, NY (14 answers total)
I don't know about NY, but we have something similar in Boston.
posted by FreezBoy at 9:52 AM on November 10, 2004

Here's one for the San Francisco Bay Area.
posted by jjg at 10:31 AM on November 10, 2004


Sorry, don't know about New York.
posted by sugarfish at 10:45 AM on November 10, 2004

I'm not aware of one, and I probably would be if there were.
posted by nicwolff at 10:47 AM on November 10, 2004

posted by cbrody at 11:18 AM on November 10, 2004

Portland (well, we have buses and light rail).

I just moved here from New York, and I don't believe there's a similar service on NYC's MTA website. They give good maps and rough schedules, but because the system is so overwhelmingly huge -- and there are so many unpredictable X-factors in terms of subway operations, and street traffic that buses have to deal with -- it would backfire if the MTA tried to tell you the precise minute when you could transfer from the L to the B61 or such. Just include a bit more time than you think you'll need. (Plus, at least during the day, most subway lines except the G and the JMZ are pretty frequent.)
posted by lisa g at 11:45 AM on November 10, 2004

posted by Shoeburyness at 12:57 PM on November 10, 2004

posted by jessamyn at 1:15 PM on November 10, 2004

Response by poster: And to bring things full circle: Washington DC and its 'burbs. Sorry 'bout that, New York. Thanks, all.
posted by mojohand at 1:59 PM on November 10, 2004

Trips 123 covers not only the NYC subway, but all mass transit options in the NY metro area. It offers very detailed directions and looks pretty neat.
posted by andrewraff at 2:15 PM on November 10, 2004

The old WMATA site had a feature called "Services Around a Location" that let you find the nearest subway stop for an arbitrary local address. I've not been able to find it on the new site. Anyone got a link?
posted by NortonDC at 4:01 PM on November 10, 2004

I guess we're all [not]answering this one so, here's Seoul.

Oh and as for NYC I have no idea (but you knew that).
posted by Octaviuz at 4:57 PM on November 10, 2004

I just tested Trips 123 to see what it told me for a trip I always used to take between an address in the East Village and one in Queens, and it did fairly well. Although it did tell me to take the 6 line instead of the closer F/V (adding 10 extra walking minutes), and it didn't seem to understand that in the borough of Queens, the "city" part of any street address is the neighborhood name -- i.e., "Long Island City, NY" or "Astoria, NY" instead of "Queens, NY." But overall, a cool service. Thanks, andrewruff.
posted by lisa g at 6:15 PM on November 10, 2004

(I mean andrewraff!)
posted by lisa g at 6:16 PM on November 10, 2004

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