Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Attention cell phone users with Internet access...

We have received quite a few questions lately from cell phone users who have had trouble accessing our Seattle traffic flow map.

Our answer: Don't access the Seattle traffic site with your phone, it's not designed for it, it works, it's just not very easy to use. However, we do have an alternative for you. Did you know that we have a version of the Seattle traffic site designed specifically for small screens? We also provide mountain pass reports and ferry schedules.

We designed this version of the Web site to be as simple as possible to make sure it can work in as many phones as possible, let us know if it doesn't work on yours.

Access it now: wsdot.wa.gov/small/ (or better yet, type it into your phone's browser)

Of course, this same information is available if you call 511, but sometimes it's nice to see those reassuring colors on the flow map for yourself.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Jeremy,

Sorry of the off-topic comment but I don't know how else to reach you.

I really enjoy your posts to the WSDOT blog but your recent switch to FeedBurner is causing me some grief. Would you consider reverting back to using Blogspot's RSS feed instead of FeedBurner? I use Thunderbird for my RSS reader and it doesn't play well with FeedBurner (the posts lose all of their fomatting, embedded media doesn't appear, etc.).

Thanks!

Jeremy Bertrand said...

We made the switch recently to get a better understanding of the RSS feed and whether or not it was being used. Feedburner allows us to get a better analysis of return on investment. Send a quick email to: webfeedback (at) wsdot.wa.gov, and I can look into this further for you.

Thanks,
Jeremy

Chase said...

Hello,
While I love the "Small" Version of the site, the traffic maps are not updated to include the new information all the way to Marysville.

In the mean time, I just bookmarked the Main Seattle Traffic image URL on my phone, to get me by in the mean time. :)

This one: http://images.wsdot.wa.gov/nwflow/flowmaps/video_map_SeattleMetro.gif

Neil said...

Jeremy,

Is there any way you can get the Small traffic site updated to include the Seattle area incident report? It's one piece of information I can only access by going to the full site, yet should be pretty easy to convert to mobile format.

Anonymous said...

Umm.. This almost seems contradictory to the Hands Free Communication laws.

Jeremy Bertrand said...

As anonymous points out, don't check this info while you are driving. There are plenty of times to do this before you go, or even having a passenger check this information during your trip. I have taught my 11 year old to do this for me while we are in the car, it keeps her occupied, she feels enabled and we know what to expect from our trip and how long it may take to get to where we need to go.