Luckily, in San Francisco , BART and Muni are on Google Transit. While I was up there last weekend, I documented an hour of using my Blackberry 8820 with GPS, and Google Transit on Google Maps for Mobile to navigate the city.
I had some time to kill, so I decided to get some Dim Sum in Chinatown. I'm unfamiliar with San Francisco, so I used Yelp, an online review site, to find a good place to go. I went to their mobile site and searched for "dim sum" in Chinatown, San Francisco, CA. In the first page of results, I found a place with 4 stars called Delicious Dim Sum, which was what I was looking for.
I then searched for "Delicious Dim Sum" on Google Maps for Mobile and found out how to get there using transit. There was a bus departing from two blocks away in just a few minutes.
Google Transit showed me how to walk there:
What the bus stop looked like:
And what time the bus was leaving:
I hopped on the 9X to go to Chinatown.
While I was in transit, my Cousin sent me a text telling me that he and his brother would be grabbing beers before the Giants game near AT&T Park. I told them I'd be there around 6.
I hopped off the bus in Chinatown and walked about a block to Delicious Dim Sum.
And it was delicious:
While eating the pork bun, I searched for the 21st Amendment Brewery on Google Maps for Mobile and found transit directions to get there. I had to walk a few blocks down Jackson Street to get to the stop.
When I got to the stop, Muni's next bus sign not only let me know how long I would be waiting
but also that Muni was subject to state cuts to transit operating funds and what I could do to learn more.
I got on the bus, and had about 20 minutes in transit, so I used my blackbery to update my facebook status
and check the news back home.
I was also able to follow my progress along the route:
(I'm at the blue dot, the route is the blue line, green diamond is beginning, red diamond is destination, orange diamonds are embarkation and disembarkation)
When I got off the bus I had a short walk:
and then I grabbed a beer with my cousins:
I did all of this in about an hour and 15 minutes. I was unfamiliar with the system (I event tried to use my declining balance BART ticket on Muni), but Google Transit made it easy to figure out.
Want experiences like this in LA? Join the effort to get Metro and the munis on Google Transit by joinining the Los Angeles Wants Google Transit Facebook group.