Disturbing WTA related article in the Herald today, WTA plans to launch online trip-planning software this spring. Seems that a few years ago WTA purchased software for over $90,000 and signed on to an annual maintenance fee of over $15,000. Now WTA is on the brink of launching the software package that according to the article will allow “people to type in their location and destination, and it’ll show them where to catch the bus, which ones to catch, and when.”
I’m disturbed because what WTA says they are paying for is already available through Google. And even though they say their new software will also feed the Google database, I wonder why they feel justified spending our taxes on a duplicate and after 3 years perhaps antiquated software? And check out this nonsense:
After launch, the trip-planning software won’t immediately be accessible with smart phones, he said. The IT staff can write software to allow use by those phones, but the department has had staffing cuts.
"It’s on our to-do list," he said.
How much is this going to cost? Another $90,000 and 3 years? I just took that image on my smartphone. Google is already to do your trip planning by foot, bike, car or transit and on PC, Mac, Android, Windows Mobile, or IPhone. Google doesn’t need us to pay an IT staff to write software, they just need WTA to provide them routing information.
The way I see it, WTA needs to spend money uploading it’s database and that’s it. Nothing else! Know when to walk away and know when to run.
Wasting taxpayer money is one service I’d like to see WTA cut.