Google Transit feature: number of stops

Google Maps introduced a new feature to transit search results recently. In addition to providing the time duration of a travel leg, the number of stops also appears. Screenshot below.

At first, the data nerd in me liked this new feature. The new information presented is simple. It doesn’t take up much space in the interface. It is an interesting way to measure the journey.

But, as I’ve thought more, I’ve wondered what a passenger would do with this information. Comparing express vs. local services, for example, can be just as easily accomplished by looking at travel durations.

Any other ideas or comments?

Aaron is the founding principal of Trillium Solutions, Inc. He brings experience that includes 12 years of web-development with 8 years in public transportation, with knowledge of fixed-route transportation, paratransit, rural transportation, and active transportation modes. Aaron is a recognized expert in developing data standards, web-application design, digital communications, and online marketing strategy. He originally developed Trillium’s GTFS Manager, and has played a key role in the development of the GTFS data specification since 2007.