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Sound Transit’s New Public Transit System Featuring Bing Maps Launches

Sound Transit has launched a new public transit system featuring Bing Maps and leveraging their repository of public transit information to create a trip planner for Seattleites to get around town. The app allows users to put in origin and destination addresses, set the date and time (defaulting to the current date/time) and start planning their trip.

The results also include several options with travel time, start and end times, the cost of the trip, the route numbers you’ll need to take, plus any transfers required to get from one museum to the other. Upon drilling down into the trips, you’ll see that there’re actually different prices per rider type (adult, youth and senior/disabled) and whether or not you can use your ORCA card (One Region Card for All — basically, one card for all public transportation around Seattle).

Finally, in the trip planner, you’ll also see the distance you may have to walk in the rain and then step-by-step driving directions with times included and the transit system which powers the mode of transport.

You’ll also notice some markers on the map. In addition to the route line and stops, there’re buttons to enable Fare Outlets (for buying passes) and Park and Rides pinned to the map.

[Source; Bing Maps blog]

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