I’m sure Google will now want to release this data due to popular support given their own want to know “… why do they [Transport for London] make it so difficult to license their schedule data..” (link) and thus the clear problems surrounding closed map data.
So have a click around on Google Maps and see what it’s like to have (c) Google at the bottom right instead of (c) TeleAtlas
update Lots of comments on a post by James Fee
Google didn’t pay shit for this crap. They roll into city/county with “free” google earth pro licenses and the city/county gives them everything for free.
Happened to us and I know someone out on the left coast who had the same sales pitch.
Which sounds eerily familiar to the way they hoovered up transit data to the exclusion of others. Also see a post by Peter Batty