Have you ever been surprised by an old friend? Just when you think you know everything about them you find out that their mom was on The Price is Right or that they went to space camp as a kid (it turns out it’s just as cool as the movie, but with substantially less actual space exploration). The point is, sometimes you need to take a step back to really gain an appreciation for the people and things in your day to day life.
A couple days ago a link to a Washington DC-area blog started circulating in my department. The tool touted in the blog allows users to search for transit stops near a specific address. Wouldn’t it be great if we had something like that at gotriangle.org?
Well, guess what—we do! I use it all the time at my other job to determine if a property is transit accessible (I also work in a real estate office) and for some reason, it never occurred to me that other people might not know about it even though it’s not especially obvious.
To access the feature, let’s call it “Find a Stop”, go to gotriangle.org, find the Trip Planner and click on “Submit”, don’t worry about putting in trip details. Next, click on “go to bus schedules” just under and to the right of the GoTriangle logo at the top of the page. Type in the address you want to check and, voila! You’ve (hopefully) got bus stops nearby. Click on the yellow markers on the map or on any of the stops listed under “Available Stops” to get information about the next bus coming through to your neighborhood stop. Pretty neat, right?
Step 1. Don’t worry about putting in trip details, just click “Submit”.
Step 2. Click on “go to bus schedules”
Step 3. Type in the address and BAM! You’ve got bus stops.
Step 4. Click on the yellow markers to get information about the buses that use that stop.