Monday, February 23, 2009

Metra Service Updates via Twitter

Winter in Chicago is still going strong, and nothing can be worse than standing in the cold, waiting for the Metra train that should have arrived 20 minutes ago. Although Metra makes delay information available via, it can be hard to remember to check before heading out in the morning.

I spent a couple hours coding with the python-twitter API last week, and now you can take advantage of
Twitter to keep track of Metra and get updates on your mobile device. Keep up with all delays by following @metradelays, or just monitor your own line with:

Union Pacific North:
Union Pacific Northwest:
Union Pacific West:

Milwaukee District North:
Milwaukee District West:

North Central:
Burlington Northern SF:

Heritage Corridor:
Rock Island District:

Southwest Line: @metrasw
Electric Line:

Happy commuting!