She's Got a Ticket to Ride

Better late than never, TTA has developed a website,, that will help a user get from any spot to any other spot in the Triangle using the wide array of transit systems we have here.

I was skeptical it would work, but I entered my home address (on a street not served by transit), and it asked me a few more questions and was eventually able to figure out where I was. It even offered two routes, one with less transfers and the other presumably faster. It even tells you what the fare will be, which is useful with multiple systems.

The interface could be a bit smoother and the software is a bit buggy, but I'm quite impressed with the features. You can jump to an earlier or later itinerary, and save locations and connections. There's even a version for mobile handheld computers (how many transit riders have these?). I wonder how well it prints.


How many of you checked out the site, and then got in your evil cars and headed out to work?

Does anyone know how/if the Zipcar is related to TTA?

Yes, Ruby, this is a MAJOR step in the right direction. I think one of the problems with the current system is the lack of integration. This allows for some amount of integration, at least in terms of the user. I also found the site to be very helpful for my commute to south Durham from Carrboro. And the fact that it gives the estimated time is really helpful. AND TTA really seems to have gotten their timing down better this year. I find that for the past year they have been much more on schedule than in the past.

By the way, I've seen commuters with palms on TTA, so I think it was worth the investment to offer that service.



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