Google Planning NY/NJ Transit Site

0824subwaygraf.jpgBig news from Google on the local website front. Bloomberg just got tipped off that Google’s planning a New York transit website that will take direct aim at Hopstop. According to reporters Chris Dolmetsch and Ari Levy:

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and New Jersey Transit, which together carry more than 9 million people a day, are working with the company to give users one place to go for maps, schedules and trip planners. The agencies serve the five New York City boroughs and suburbs in New Jersey, Connecticut, Westchester County and Long Island.

Both New Jersey Transit and the MTA have signed on with Google. NJ Transit is confirmed to be posting maps and schedules on Google’s site. However, the MTA (surprise, surprise) would not confirm anything beyond the fact that they are currently working with Google. For a sample of how the proposed system would work, check out Google Transit Portland.