Unfortunately, this doesn't mean that Google Maps will suddenly have Pierce Transit directions. As of today, the partner page for Google Transit says:
"Due to overwhelming interest in the Transit Partner Program, we are currently experiencing a significant volume of partner requests. Although we are unable to accept new partners at this time, we encourage you to sign-up in order to be placed on the waiting list."But that being said, this still leaves open the possibility for inventive applications to be made using Pierce Transit's schedule data. For this effort we congratulate Pierce Transit!
To get the data, you can send an email to schedules at piercetransit.org. From there you can obtain the waiver that you'll need to sign. Other transit agencies do list their data without a requirement to sign a waiver such as Portland's Trimet and even other Washington State transit agencies such Jefferson Transit and Island Transit by making their feeds available on GTFS Data Exchange. We encourage Pierce Transit to eventually open up their data without restrictions, but at this point having the data in the first place is great!
This accomplishment is expected to be a precursor for the eventual launch of Pierce Transit's Real-Time data as obtained from that new AVL (Automatic Vehicle Location) system they recently installed. It's only a matter of time before taking the bus will be a lot easier and efficient.