Web site gives S.F. transit, car, walking directions 

Sometimes in San Francisco, getting from point A to point B can be harder than being a mouse in a maze. However, PublicRoutes, a Web site solely dedicated to providing car, public transit and walking directions, added The City to its directory on Tuesday, which helps people get from here to there.

"What we provide is a single source to help anyone — tourists, residents, commuters — determine the fastest and most accurate way to get where they’re going by car, bus, rail or walking," said Marc Sellouk, who launched PublicRoutes last summer from his New York office.

For example, a student at San Francisco State who wants to attend the Giants game at AT&T Park can log on and figure out that the fastest Muni route is going to take close to an hour. By car, such a journey would take 13 minutes, according to the Web site, depending on traffic and parking. And if that person isn’t in a hurry to see the first pitch, an exhaustive list of restaurants and shopping sites accompany the directions.

"We offer the whole gamut,"Sellouk said. "San Francisco has a very widely used transportation system, and we cater to everyone’s needs."

The Web site’s information was thanks to an arduous process of mapping "geo-informational" and mathematical systems that took into account BART, Muni, Caltrain, cable cars, ferry routes and of course, walking and driving. The Web site extends beyond The City, covering all nine Bay Area counties. Other cities featured on the free site include Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.

"San Francisco has always been a city synonymous with culture and, combined with its unique geography, The City has relied on a robust public transportation system," Sellouk said. "This is the single source that will help anyone."


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