Cool DC Tool for Metro-ing

I’m fond of the Metro but don’t ride it enough to know where to get off for new locations. The WMATA maps are okay for figuring it out, but I’m spoiled – I like the cool draggable “Web 2.0” Google style maps. Happily there’s a pretty good gmaps mash-up out there in the form of DCRails. It’s far from perfect – the worst flaw I have found is that when you key in an address it doesn’t zoom in on it, leaving the little destination marker obscured by the larger metro icons – but it’s a good use of the technology and I’m hopeful they’ll update and improve it soon.

2 Comments so far

  1. Dan (unregistered) on February 8th, 2006 @ 1:46 pm

    Or you could use DCist Maps, which have had this (and better, in my opinion) functionality for months now.

  2. Nicholas Schlueter (unregistered) on February 9th, 2006 @ 9:43 pm

    Hey thanks for linking to my site. I changed it so when you enter an address it zooms and pans to that icon. I should have done it along time ago but I didn’t.

    I admit that the dcist map is a little prettier than mine but there are 2 things I like better about mine.

    1. It takes up all usable room on the screen allowing you to see more map.
    2. It shows exit level data. So for instance at dupont circle there are 2 exits. If you zoom in close enough it shows both of them, which I really wanted/needed at the time I build it.

    Anyways thanks for taking a look at the site.


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