Live in New York City and Need Train Directions? Use HopStop!

800px-bwywalk0505_station7thave.jpgI found a great site for traveling in New York City. Embarrassingly I don’t have native New Yorker-like directional skills. I plot out my route using a combination of subway maps and MapQuest. Well, not anymore! HopStop.com is a great site for providing a combination of subway and bus directions. The interface looks frighteningly similar to MapQuest (let’s pray they don’t get sued and close the site down!). You have options of travelling via any combination of bus, train and walking. They have settings to determine whether you prefer to do more walking than transferring or vice-versa. Best of all they have an estimated time of arrival based on your departure time. These folks thought of everything. They even have a 360 degree view of the street where the train will let you off.

HopStop.com is not just limited to New York City. The site has transit system directions for Boston, San Francisco and Washington D.C., as well. Besides providing directions, HopStop also has a “City Guide” (although MSN Local is probably a more comprehensive option), MapQuest-style maps and a mobile option (for those who want to use their Blackberry / SideKick or MS Mobile device to find directions while already in the city). So if you’re not exactly Carrie Bradshaw and need a little help like me, check it out!

If you have a regular train or bus that you take, for a bonus laugh go to the Transit Ratings section and look up your bus or train line. Funny stuff.

Site: http://www.hopstop.com/

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Taken by Aspersions.


17 Responses to “Live in New York City and Need Train Directions? Use HopStop!”

  1. 1 Jeff T
    July 19, 2006 at 2:07 pm

    This isn’t new at all. I told you about this a year ago, in fact I thought of this idea but never did anything about it. This is a case were if you don’t follow your dreams someone else will. I at least deserve a mention for thinking of this and sharing it with you years ago (since I see you giving credit to various people and sites)

  2. July 19, 2006 at 9:26 pm

    I greatly appreciate the comments. Please understand that I don’t ever intend to offend by omission of credit. I do recall hearing you mention the desire to create a site like this. However, I don’t recall ever being told directly about this site. (Or else I would have been using it.) I actually went through a bit of trial and error with these types of sites. At one point last year there was a section on the MTA site that I used (they still elude to it in their faq.) Also, in finding this site, I came across at least four other sites that each did roughly the same thing.

    Generally the way that I best retain information is via e-mailed links. I also don’t recall seeing any links sent by anyone. If one was sent and I perhaps missed it, my sincere apologies. But understand that I’m human and I don’t retain everything. Know that I sincerely don’t ever recall talking or hearing about this site from anyone.

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