City Taking the Bus. Still Annoying?
posted by August 8 at 8:20 AMon
I asked for it, but I’m not sure I got it.
Riding transit just got way, way, easier. A new website called SpotBus is wildly better than existing online trip planners. For one thing, you can enter destinations like a normal person — “Ballard,” or “Ikea,” or “ferry,” or whatever — not some arcane intersection. It’s so much faster and more intuitive that it feels like giving up your old gimcrack five-disc CD changer for an iPod.
I’m not so sure he’s right. Give it a try and see what you think yourself. But I followed his advice and entered some landmark destinations as a test (the Grand Illusion, Woodland Park Zoo, Pioneer Square) and there’s an annoying pop-up menu that comes up right away trying to predict what you’re going to write. This touchy pop-up offers you a bunch of places you don’t want (Grass Lawn Park?) or it doesn’t respond when you click on the predictive text.
Again, give it a try yourself, but I was doing battle with the finicky pop-up thingy. I kind of like the old Metro Trip Planner better.