One of the most-requested features for FixMyTransport has been the ability to track a specific route or area. We’re extremely happy to report that you can now do just that, with our introduction of Atom feeds. Subscribe to a feed, and you’ll be notified of new transport problem reports when they occur near you, or on a route you care about.
In fact, you can now track not just routes and map areas, but specific operators, stops and stations too. We’re hopeful that this will help build communities around shared services.
Subscribe to your commuter route, for example, and you’ll not only be the first to know when a problem has arisen, but you’ll also be able to join the campaign and communicate with your fellow passengers on FixMyTransport.
Or you might want to track all issues in your town or local area. Here’s how:
1. Start by searching for your local area: click here.
2. Use the map controls (circled below) to zoom in or out, pan, or scroll until the map covers the area you’re interested in.
3. Find the orange feed icon at the top of the relevant list: Right-click on ‘Get updates on issues on and around this map’, and select ‘Copy shortcut’ (in Internet Explorer) or ‘Copy link location’ (in Firefox). This will give you the URL to paste into your feed reader.
Here are some examples of pages with the new feed capability:
If you run a website, you can now also feed content directly to it. We think it’s ideal for local community sites, commuter and transport pressure groups, or any other site with a focus on transport. Just drop us a line on email@example.com if you’d like some help.
EDITED TO ADD: Lichfield Community media have now written a great post to explain how to add a FixMyTransport feed to a WordPress site.
Image by Steve Webel, used with thanks.