Meenster: a Metro Site that Rocks

meenster.png So, you’re so cool and got your iPhone. Now you just wish you could do more with it. I totally get that. I love my iPhone, but it hasn’t yet figured out how I take my coffee in the morning, or what kind of cheese I like with my nectarines (manchego, if you’re curious.)

Now, though, thanks to the brilliant creative minds at meenster.com, you can use a neato web tool to check when the next train’s coming at any given Metro station. In real time. Yeah, in real time, meaning you can be sitting at O’Sullivan’s or Four Courts, or Bar Pilar, or $awesomeDCBar and you can check to see when you need to start walking down to the Metro to catch a train home. Use it to save yourself from a long-ass wait. Better yet, it works on all devices and browsers, not just the iPhone, so the kids who haven’t yet proven their cool with $500+ of silicon and glass can play too.

Hat Tip, Justin Thorp!

5 Comments so far

  1. c (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 4:01 pm

    We need a text-message service like the one for google where you text to GOOGL the name of the place you’re searching for and the zipcode.

    Metro should do this with the trains AND the buses. That system they set up to find the next bus at a given stop completely sucks because its voice-activated. Voice prompts on phones don’t work very well when a fire engine is rolling down the street


  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 4:10 pm

    C, there’s a system like this for Metro trains available by DCist’s nifty Last Call system. Very handy.


  3. Tiff (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 5:37 pm

    That said, while it does WORK in IE for Windows, it looks like ASS. But it also looks like a lot of mobile sites I used on my old POS phone, so I guess the stylesheet IE loads is the one optimized for other phones.


  4. TreeWishes (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:49 pm

    Their current system at http://www.wmata.com/mobile has worked great on the Treo for months. Fast, accurate, simple.


  5. Doug (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:24 pm

    Nice — super simple and useful. If anything, a feature on each Metro line page might be an A-Z menu to jump you down to a fragment identifier link, avoiding the need to scroll down and search.



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