Bay Area traffic site melts in the rain

Traffic planner fails when it's most needed.

PR wonk and buddy Joshua Weinberg sent me a rant that the driving time app and interactive map on the Bay Area's 511.org Web site is down, "due to a high volume of users." It's a pretty stormy day here in the Bay Area, but as Weinberg points out, it's during storms and emergencies, when public transit is a mess, that people will go to state-sponsored route-finding systems.

Here is Joshua's rant:

The error message's advice to use the text version is flawed: It, too, is overloaded. Google's traffic maps are working, though. Leave it to private industry to provide better emergency services than our tax-supported agencies.

That's ok, I'll use Google.

See yesterday's Dept. of Missing the Point on another navigation product.

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