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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Rafe Needleman reviews mobile apps and products for fun, and picks startups apart when he gets bored. He has evaluated thousands of new companies, most of which have since gone out of business.

 

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