I can’t get enough of this damn Twitter nonsense. How else would I have known that Annika needs to clean her house? That Siel is thinking about making pancakes? That Lucinda got her hair did? It’s fascinating. It’s addictive. It’s ruining my life. I’m even following LAFD on Twitter, so I know every brush fire/hazmat spill/cat stuck in the tree incident as it happens. Which got me thinking… where’s Metro?
Poking around the Twittersphere (sorry), I stumbled upon a dude in London who devised a Tube Tracker. Every 15 minutes his server checks the status of London’s subway system, and sends updates regarding delays to your Twitter account. You can even sign up to get updates on ONE SPECIFIC LINE. A similar tracker exists for BART in San Francisco.
Imagine Metro sending Twitter updates that the Red Line Highland Station is being bypassed for security reasons. That Metro Rapid 720 is running 7 minutes behind schedule. Or that an accident has closed Southbound traffic on the 101 at Coldwater Canyon. Imagine that Twitter update popping up on your cell phone just as your walk out the door to head to work.
Why don’t we already have this?
Look what I found: