Chris Smith at Portland Transport has created an interface to get TriMet TransitTracker arrival times via mobile phone text message. For slow texters like me, using this tool might not be any faster than calling 238-Ride, but it doesn’t hurt to have options.
It’s very simple to use, as he explains:
To get arrival times send a text message to 415-676-8397 or firstname.lastname@example.org with the following message text:trimet <stop #>
(a stop on SE Holgate) returns at this moment: 17 Holgate to Portland: 23 min
Read the whole post; Chris asks for readers’ opinions and suggestions on this prototype. Oh, and don’t overlook the disclaimer:
Disclaimer: text message usage costs are the user’s responsibility! That’s between you and your carrier. Portland Transport and 411sync don’t charge for this (although I suspect that 411sync gets a cut from the carrier).
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