Google takes the bus
Google has debuted a test version of a service that tries to map out the most direct route for public-transportation users.
Google’s transit trip planner, launched Wednesday, is currently limited to Portland, Ore., but may eventually launch on a global scale, according to its Web site.
Although Google’s transit trip planner is not integrated into its local-search feature, it provides people with information that could dovetail into its local-search efforts. Google and competitors, such as Yahoo and Microsoft’s MSN, are jumping into local search and mining the lucrative local-advertising market.
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