FAQ in Planning a trip using Google Transit for Island Transit 

Trip Planning Powered by Google

ex. Maxwelton Rd, Langley, WA


ex. Oak harbor, WA


Options for Entering Trip Start and End...

Trip start and end can also be entered as a city name (e.g., Coupeville), place (e.g., March’s Point), street name (e.g., Whidbey Ave), intersection, specific street address, or zip code.  Some familiar places can also be found, e.g., Greyhound, Everett, without knowing the exact address.  Some zip codes may not be located where you expect, as they are the center of a zip code, which might be in Puget Sound!

If more information is needed to plan you trip, you will be prompted by viewing choices on a map with, for example, Whidbey Ave returns:

Did you mean:
E Whidbey Ave
E Whidbey Ave, Oak Harbor, WA
W Whidbey Ave
W Whidbey Ave, Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Choose the “blue” link, that is your best match and proceed or see your trip option.

Start and End of Trip is just a Click away...

You can click on the map, (right click on a PC or use ctrl+click on a Mac) to enter your start and end location.  You will be prompted to use this for “directions to this location”, etc.

Adding a destination along the way...

While Google Maps is further developing this option for driving directions, this feature is not supported (yet) in Google Transit.

Location Not Found?

Island Transit is not responsible for the base map or details of how your request is processed to find all locations.  You might  “report a problem”, bottom right corner of the Google Map.

What are my travel time options?  Day of week?

You can select or modify the date or time you want to depart or arrive using the “Options” tab.  Some trips default to “leave now” which may not be your choice, so update options, as needed.

Wow, that’s a far walk!? Choose new feature "Less Walking"

Google/Transit often suggests as an option, that may include a walk.  Modify the options to select "less walking" or call us.  Some of your trip options with walking may require that you use one of our Park and Ride Lots as an alternative option.

Need to see the entire day schedule for the bus route?

Visit the drop down list on the top of this website to select a route and view the weekday or Saturday schedule. Google/Transit offers you three trip options for the day and time you specify but not all trips available throughout the day in a “schedule” format.

The schedule shows "CD" -  what is that?  Why can’t I plan a trip from this stop at Google Transit?

CD is used for “contact driver” to arrange your drop-off at that bus stop.   On prior Island Transit website pages you might have seen, D/O (drop-off) or another footnote.  While you can plan a trip to a stop that has CD in the note, do not expect that a driver will pick you up or that Google Transit can plan a trip or depart from any stop with “CD”.

"Stay on Board" means…

Island Transit uses a feature from Google Transit to let you know to “stay on board” when your friendly operator will be switching from one bus route to another route and that is the way you are going, too!  In some cases this switch may be at a stop other than the one you are used to, Harbor Station, Bayshore Drive or another common stop.  Not to worry, you will get to your destination, and we are working to solve this slight confusion at Google Transit.  

I think I found a concern, my trip isn’t how I expect...

We are in a phase where your input is very helpful.  Use the “link to this page” and then use your “copy” function to paste into an email info [at] islandtransit.org and we will investigate it fully.

View Island Transit on a Mobile Phone

Google Mobile supports viewing of Google Maps on Blackberry or java based phones.  Visit this link at Google Maps Mobile.


About the Trip Planner
The trip planner featured on www.islandtransit.org is powered by Google Transit. The Google Transit Trip Planner enables you to enter the specifics of your trip – where you're starting, where you're ending up, what time of day you'd like to leave and/or arrive – then uses the all the available public transportation schedules and information (which are on Google Transit) to plot out the most efficient possible step-by-step itinerary. You can even compare the cost of your trip with the cost of driving the same route.   Additional FAQ at the Google Transit website found here: http://maps.google.com/support/bin/topic.py?topic=12356&hl=en

Terms and conditions of use:
Island Transit strives to provide quality information through Google Transit, but cannot guarantee 100% accuracy. Google and participating transit agencies will continue working together to improve the product quality. It is recommended riders double-check trip itineraries with the published bus schedules available on www.islandtransit.org.   Please see the Google Transit Terms and Conditions.

Learn how to plan a transit trip throughout Whidbey and Camano Islands using Google Transit  with Google Maps.