Metro Sign by tbridge
Two interesting things from the last 24 hours or so on WMATA and Google Transit that are worth another look. Yesterday morning, I got an email from Emeka Moneme, the Chief Administrative Officer of WMATA. It’s likely that I was on their list due to my signing the GGW petition encouraging Google Transit and WMATA to work together. There wasn’t much new in the email, but I found it interesting the way they concluded it:
“You may also wish to explore some of the ways that you can get real-time information and bus and rail schedules directly on your cell phone or Personal Digital Assistant through our Web site.”
Essentially, use our website, it’s the only place we actually trust. That’s where the other piece comes in. DCist’s Tom Lee wrote a great piece on Google & Metro last week, including some behind the screens conversations between himself and WMATA folks about this very issue. His analysis is top drawer and needs to be read in full, but comes down to: WMATA needs Money to make this a good idea. The figure bandied about by other publications is approximately $68,000. Which may sound like a lot, but in the grander scheme of things, it’s probably not. Great work, Tom, this was a great piece to read.