Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Updates to travel information on the Web site

As a follow up to the "small site" post, per your request, we were able to make Puget sound incident information, and northbound Canadian border wait times available via the small site: wsdot.wa.gov/small.

Other projects
We are trying to work with Google right now to see if we can give them our border wait time data and have them add it as a feature to their Google mobile site. They have a great service where you can text them a question and they will text back an answer. Wouldn't it be cool if you could text a number with the statement "border wait time" and it would text you back the latest wait time, saving you from having to access it via a browser or use up any airtime minutes? We will let you know as soon as we hear back from Google about whether or not they are willing to provide the service or if we will have to pay for it. Any other companies interested in providing this information? Feel free to contact me, we are more than happy to share data to disseminate it to a larger audience than we can reach.

I also got a call this morning letting me know that the Olympia area traffic flow information will be turned back on and also will have several new cameras available in September.

Now if we could only get a new mapping solution so that milepost locations we reference when referring to incident locations could make more sense... (coming soon)

Check your route
Because of your feedback we have continued postings the best times to travel for holiday weekends for US 2, I-90 and I-5 north of Bellingham and south of Olympia. If you plan to trave,l it's a great tool to plan what time to leave.

1 comment:

Neil said...

Woohoo! Thanks for getting the Small site updated with the Puget Sound incidents, Jeremy!