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An update on iMove

Reader xl asked for an update on iMove, the transportation information website launched in November 2007 by TransLink and a number of partners. (xl’s original request can be seen here.)

For those who don’t know, iMove is like a one-stop shop for transportation information in the Lower Mainland. On one map, you can see which roads are under construction, what upcoming events might be blocking traffic (and where), what traffic cameras are seeing around a road you might be travelling on, and much, much more. There’s also transit routes, cycling maps, trucking routes outlined… but you get the picture. Municipalities and other sources update the data on a regular basis.

So what is in the future for iMove? That’s actually a tough question to answer. iMove is a joint project with many partners, and we’re not yet certain of the next big steps for the site. (Partners include the BC Ministry of Transportation, Transport Canada, Western Economic Diversification and the Vancouver Port Authority.)

We do know, however, that work will continue on the backend to enhance the information that is available, and that there are traffic data sources that we are still seeking to add to the project. A top priority is data from emergency services about the locations of accidents and other incidents throughout the region.

There are also some very useful features on the iMove map that we want to keep promoting, so we’re going to borrow a few of them for an upcoming iMove-like map feature on the TransLink website. I can’t talk too much about it, except to say it will add another easy way to visualize and plan transit trips in our region. You’ll see!

xl also asked a few more questions which I have answers to:

Will we continue to see messages to tell us to abandon IE7?
No – this is going away.

Will there be a cellphone or mobile friendly version?
No, but as described, we are working on an iMove-like map feature for the TransLink website, and we’re working on making that feature mobile-friendly.

Will there be greater effort to update content when there is service disruptions (ie. weather related? SkyTrain issues?)?
Yes. A step in this direction is the new alert bar at the top of the m.translink.ca mobile site which will be integrated into the Next Bus SMS system as well.

That’s it for now! And if anyone else has other story ideas they would like me to investigate, please let me know!


8 Comments

  • By sungsu, October 28, 2008 @ 11:49 am

    iMove should not default to Motorists. If anything, it should default to Visitors. Yes, I know you can choose your default, but this is for first time visitors to the site.

  • By ;-), August 5, 2009 @ 10:24 am

    OMG m.translink.ca appears to be down. Is there an ETA on return to service? I hate to reach for my car keys when I don’t know when the bus is running.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, August 5, 2009 @ 10:28 am

    I just tried it and it works for me. Try again?

  • By ;-), August 5, 2009 @ 11:46 am

    Yes the site loads, but all the timetable information is BLANK.

    For example if click on my name link, it shows no service is available at Main st Station for buses going downtown.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, August 5, 2009 @ 12:03 pm

    Got it… passing it along to the web staff stat!

  • By ;-), August 5, 2009 @ 4:28 pm

    Thanks Jhenifer. I see I have my online timetables again. Makes my evening trip much easier.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, August 5, 2009 @ 4:32 pm

    Thanks for warning us about it! Handi & our web staff got on it right away.

  • By ;-), September 26, 2009 @ 5:13 pm

    It appears since the Canada Line reroutes, a few stop changes never made it to m.translink.ca. I’ve been waiting for a few weeks.

    For example, it appears there is no Seabus departures from Waterfront anymore (stop 57960).
    http://m.translink.ca/stop/57960/

    There is no service at Lonsdale Quay anymore as well.
    http://m.translink.ca/stop/57961/

    Trying to track 401/407 service departures at 61385 is also impossible.

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