johnsu01 (johnsu01) wrote,
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MBTA alert service

Boston area people might want to run over and sign up for the MBTA's new alert service, which promises text messages and emails in the event of service disruptions. They are limiting it to 3,000 subscribers right now.

Unfortunately, I looked up who is hosting the service, and "eAlert is built using Microsoft .NET, SQL Server 2000 and designed for Windows 2003". It's always sad to see examples of the government relying on proprietary software to provide services; we need to change that.

Update: Well, I just received my first "T-Alert". It announced delays for all trains running through North Station. Neither of the two trains I chose to receive alerts for goes through North Station...

Tags: boston, free software, government, massachusetts, mbta, sms
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