Here is an App I’d like to see someone develop. A Google Map that incorporates transit scheduling data to help people figure out where they should live – if they know where they are going to work or go to school. It would work similarly to King County’s Trip Planner page, but not exactly.
This is how I would envision it working: Each step would filter OUT places where you would consider living.
You would enter the destination. (This idea was inspired by trying to help two people who needed help figuring out a good place to live convenient to North Seattle Community College. Just knowing which buslines serve the university doesn’t help.)
Indicate how long of a commute you’d be willing to make.
Indicate how many transfers you’re willing to make.
Indicate how far you’re willing to walk from home to the bus stop
Indicate how far you’re willing to walk from the bus to your destination
The idea is that the user would get a radius/list of possible neighborhoods too look at. (It would be even better if it could connect with apartment/house listings with appropriate filters on residential information.)