Sunday, January 18, 2009

Ann Arbor Transit on Google Maps

Does the bus go by here? Use Google Maps to find out. If you are looking to buy or rent a home, condo, apartment in Ann Arbor and need to use public transit, check out Google Maps for Ann Arbor public transportation options.

I learned something new about Google Maps. Charles Scrase, Manager, Online Sales and Operations, at Google who was the guest speaker at the Ann Arbor Board of Realtors general membership meeting pointed out that Google Maps now offers directions by Public Transit.

I am asked all the time by home and condominium buyers in Ann Arbor "Can I take the bus from here?", now I have the answer! Check Google Maps.

So, I wonder if I can take the bus to work? I'll key in my address - Starting at my home - on Dhu Varren Road in north east Ann Arbor, and the destination - ending at Keller Williams Realty at 2144 S. State, Ann Arbor.

Google gives me three options for getting from my home to Keller Williams in Ann arbor:
  1. By Car - 14 minutes
  2. By Public Transit - 38 to 42 minutes depending on the route.
  3. By Walking - 4.6 mi – about 1 hour 29 mins.
No option for biking - probably about 25 minutes.
I know about the by car directions of course because I use Google Maps all the time with a very high level of confidence. But what about taking the bus? Lets say, I don't have clients to drive around in my car today and just want to try the bus. Well Google laid out for me exactly what I need to do and when I need to do it. I can leave at 6:57am, 7:00am or 7:32am and arrive at my destination at Keller Williams Realty between 38 and 42 minutes later. Just FYI, I can make the trip by car in 14 minutes, leave at my convenience and not have to change buses.

Here are the very detailed, timed, directions for using Ann Arbor public transportation to get to work:

Jan 19, 2009 6:57am - 7:38am (41 mins)
Jan 19, 2009 7:00am - 7:38am (38 mins)
Jan 19, 2009 7:32am - 8:14am (42 mins)
Transit directions to 2144 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
1616 Dhu Varren Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Travel time: about 41 minsShowing Trip 1
Walk to N - Dhu Varren Foodgatherers
About 1 min
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Bus - 1U - Pontiac University - Direction: N - Dhu Varren Foodgatherers
Service run by Ann Arbor Transportation Authority
6:59amDepart N - Dhu Varren Foodgatherers

20 mins
7:19amArrive C C Little Bldg

Bus - 36 - Wolverine Tower Shuttle - Direction: S- Wolverine Tower at Entrance #C
8 mins to make transfer
7:27amDepart S- Geddes Ave. west of Church St

10 mins
7:37amArrive W- S State St at 2058 S. State

Walk to 2144 S State St
About 1 min
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2144 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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