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TTC Chair Adam Giambrone speaks to media and customers at Queen Street Station in Toronto, Canada on Monday, August 27, 2007. Ryan Carter / The Globe and Mail

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Today the Toronto Transit Commission released the beta version of its online trip planner, a system that lets commuters plan their journeys.

The site will calculate how much time a trip will take and suggest the quickest way to get there - functioning just like a GPS without the robot voice. Designed for premium accessibility and tested by volunteers and members of the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation, the site also lets users choose which mode of transit they want to take - just a streetcar, perhaps, or a combination of subway, bus and tram. It shares which stations have accessible bus stops, which subway stations have elevators and which routes have bike racks featured on their buses.

When it's finished, the trip planner will boast multiple route suggestions, a mobile application and the ability to create profiles to communicate with other users. Later this year, it will make the underlying information openly available to the public and sites like Google, in the hopes that applications can be crafted from the tool. But in the meantime, the TTC is asking riders to try the service, and offer suggestions as the TTC tries to work out kinks and make improvements.

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