metrostink + google maps API

1.04.2007

In a city sprawled by car culture and the great white flight of the 50s-60s, public transportation stands little chance. It doesn't help that our light rail system has a confusing existence online. Want to know where that metro stop is? Here, download this 26meg PDF.

Here is an alternative to get a high level view of which stop is where.

Future updates;
  • sort by odor
  • marked urine zones

11 Comments:

At 1/4/07 9:37 AM, Blogger tokyocrunch said...

I think this is bloody great, and so damn obvious it's no wonder Metro hasn't picked it up yet.

I take exception only with the icon you use for the Delmar stop, which everyone knows should be a red circle with a line through it.

Incidentally, have you tried suggesting / selling / giving Metro the functionality for their site?

 
At 1/4/07 9:49 AM, Blogger drinkspiller said...

Kudos, Jacob. Extremely useful and well done to boot. Screw Metrolink, give this thing it's own URL (http://www.betterwhois.com/bwhois.cgi?domain=metrolinkstops.com&x=0&y=0) and establish yourself as *the* destination for easy Metrolink navigation. I picture something Google homepage simple: one function, done well.

In the regular Google map if you click on a pinpoint you can click on "Directions to/from here"...adding that to each of your pinpoints would be fantastic. "How to I get to that stop? Click on the point then enter your address. Badda boom."

Again, dude, well done.

 
At 1/4/07 10:08 AM, Blogger Nathan Verrill said...

Well done friend!

Some other ideas:
- Pictures of the station entrance with each pin
- Separate pins for cool things to look at between stops - namely good grafitti
- Points of interest for each stop - top rated restaurants, clubs & bars, landmarks etc

 
At 1/4/07 10:14 AM, Blogger Nathan Verrill said...

'nother idea - show which concerts are close to each stop for a given day -

 
At 1/4/07 10:49 AM, Blogger tokyocrunch said...

And station rollovers provide schedule information ...

 
At 1/4/07 11:13 AM, Blogger hebchop said...

thanks all. this is still a work in progress but something I thought could be useful, if only for myself.

i had planned on offering more information in the balloons, you guys have provided alot of good options.

I had orignally thought of developing it into a microsite w/ some branding centering around the map and possibly adding a blog. I would arm myself with a camera and document the metro experience. Possibly meet a new person and bio each story to promote the social nature of public transportation. There are some interesting characters to be sure.

the big picture: sell / give it to metro or make the RFT site of the week.

also, i removed the liscensing. bon appetite.

 
At 1/24/07 3:43 PM, Blogger hebchop said...

I've decided to take the metrostink idea a little further.

I found a couple availible URLs I really like;
railmapper.com < favorite
railhopper.com

Any other ideas? I'd like to stay away from anything to 2.0ish, dropping vowels, merging words, etc. I see it working like this; we would supply each city's light rail / subway map at a URL such as stlouis.railmapper.com.

I think this service would be specifically valuable to business travellers w/ mobile devices. There are several business models that would work for this, but I would be happy just creating something useful first and see what comes of it.

The two most difficult maps are already done;

http://tubejp.co.uk/
http://www.gawker.com/maps/smell/

The latter denotes smells by icon, similar an idea Matt had. I like the style of icons and lines of these two versions.

Anybody feel like helping to put together some branding? Data gathering would be a pain, but I would sacrifice my own time for that. I already have V2 ideas if this ever gets off the ground. I'd love to share them with you over beers.

 
At 1/24/07 3:51 PM, Blogger tokyocrunch said...

I'm happy to contribute any interface thinking and graphic execution you may require, as well as strategies to get this into the bwackbewwies of the masses. You just say when.

Glad to hear you're pressing forward with this fine idea.

 
At 2/3/07 1:51 PM, Blogger tokyocrunch said...

NYC Subway Smell Map

 
At 2/12/07 7:31 PM, Blogger drinkspiller said...

I *told* you you have copyrighted this.
http://lifehacker.com/software/google-maps/google-maps-adds-building-and-metro-stations-235914.php

 
At 2/13/07 9:28 AM, Blogger hebchop said...

This sure takes the wind out of my sails. I think there is value in actually being able to have the rails represented graphically, but It probably wouldn't be hard for the big G to implement that too.

Makes me wanna go see this movie.

 

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