Originally Posted by hill60
The only "transit information" I need is when I feel like putting my key in the ignition and pulling out onto the road.
For those poor unfortunates who dont have a car, transit information is available through a quick Bing of transit company's website for the timetables.
That is a ridiculous position to take. Millions of people around the planet use public transit regularly - and there are probably more who would find their life to be easier and less expensive if they did. Just a few examples:
- People who live in a large city. Most NYC residents, for example, probably never need a car unless they're traveling out of town - and renting one for the trip would be far less expensive than owning one just for your annual trek to Grandma's.
- Tourists and travelers. When I go to a major city on vacation, I most commonly leave the car at the hotel (or skip the car entirely and take a taxi from the airport to the hotel) and then use mass transit to get around. It's easier and far less expensive.
- Environmentally conscious people. Regardless of your views on global warming, there are plenty of good reasons to reduce your energy usage - cost, trade balance issues (which cost everyone billions of dollars), international security issues, health costs (a large percentage of asthma is caused by pollution), and so on.
- Traffic. I used to live in the Philadelphia area. It took me 45 minutes to an hour to get to work by car and 30 minutes by train. Plus, I could get work done or read on the train, so I gained an hour and a half to two hours of productive time every day.
Any time I've lived somewhere that trains were available, I used them regularly - because I saved a ton of money and got to where I was going a lot more quickly.
Given that, I'd like to see Apple include transit information with iOS (I don't care if it's in Maps or a separate app).
Street view? Meh. I have GPS on my phone so I don't need to see the buildings to know where I am.