Randomness (r_ness) wrote,
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I created a twitter account and followed 140 transit agency alert feeds from around the English-speaking world. On a winter day like today the tweets come thick and fast. Here are the tweets from the last half hour, as I cut and paste:

SouthernRailUK ‏@SouthernRailUK 26 seconds ago
INFO: 15:20 London Brdg to Tattenham Corner is 15 mins late and will not call at Norwood Jn, Reedham, Woodmansterne, Chipstead and Tadworth.

Metrolinx ‏@Metrolinx 27 seconds ago
Aldershot 09:31 - Union Stn 10:41 train cancelled due to weather related door malfunction. Next departure: Aldershot 10:01 - Union Stn 11:11

Luas ‏@Luas 43 seconds ago
Make your weekly journey easy with #ParkByText, for people on-the-go! See:http://bit.ly/1yDIy5e

SouthernRailUK ‏@SouthernRailUK 45 seconds ago
INFO: 15:06 London Bridge to Caterham will be started from New Cross Gate at 15:12 due to signalling problems

MBTA Alerts! ‏@mbta_alerts 1 minute ago
Rte 119 Snow Route in Effect: Omitting the Cooledge Housing Complex. Connect at Broadway. #mbta

Network Rail ‏@networkrail 1 minute ago
#WatfordUpgrade Engineering works over the Christmas period.(pic)
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Metrolinx ‏@Metrolinx 2 minutes ago
Passengers can take the Union Station 09:17 - Oshawa GO 10:15 which is schedule to depart Union at 9:50. 2/2

Metrolinx ‏@Metrolinx 2 minutes ago
Union Stn 09:43 - Oshawa 10:41 train is cancelled due to weather track switch malfunction. 1/2

SouthernRailUK ‏@SouthernRailUK 2 minutes ago
INFO: 15:20 London Bridge to Tattenham Corner will call East Croydon, Purley, Coulsdon Town, Kingswood & Tattenham Corner

Greater Anglia ‏@greateranglia 3 minutes ago
16:10 Southend Vic - Liverpool Street & 16:30 Southend Vic - Liverpool St will now run as scheduled. JH

Cincinnati Metro ‏@cincinnatimetro 3 minutes ago
12th/Vine, RT 90-Metro-Plus: Due to work in street , on 12th/Vine, the RT 90-Metro-plus will detour inbound... http://bit.ly/1HL78bL

TfGM ‏@OfficialTfGM 4 minutes ago
In case you were wondering, work to rebuild the Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink platform took place on Sunday. http://ow.ly/i/8tQMi
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MBTA Commuter Rail ‏@MBTA_CR 4 minutes ago
Haverhill Train 210 (9:05 am from Haverhill) delayed due to switch problem. Operating approximately 15-20 minutes late.

SouthernRailUK ‏@SouthernRailUK 4 minutes ago
Season ticket holders may now be entitled to enhanced compensation. http://www.southernrailway.com/your-journey/customer-services/enhanced-compensation/

NJ TRANSIT - NBUS ‏@NJTRANSIT_NBUS 4 minutes ago
Bus Route No. 712 is on detour in Paterson. Wayne Avenue is closed due to icy road conditions. Buses are using West Broadway & Union Avenue.

MBTA Commuter Rail ‏@MBTA_CR 5 minutes ago
Newburyport/Rockport Line Train 54 (9:20 am from Beverly) delayed today due to switch problem. Is operating approximately 20 minutes late.

MBTA Alerts! ‏@mbta_alerts 5 minutes ago
#HaverhillLine Train 210 (9:05 am from Haverhill) delayed today due to switch problem. Is operating approximately 15-20 minutes lat... #mbta

Go Durban retweeted
City Lodge Hotels ‏@CityLodgeHotels Jan 28
Interested in a City Escape in Umhlanga ? Get great ideas from @5StarDurban's Meredith: http://ow.ly/HVy5o
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LIRR ‏@LIRR 6 minutes ago
The 8:58AM train from Great Neck due Penn at 9:34AM arrived 13 minutes late due to signal trouble at Penn Station.

Metrorail W/Cape ‏@CapeTownTrains 6 minutes ago
#Trainreport #NorthernLine:Trains are delayed due to defective track circuit at Eerste River and Kraaifontein,T2329 that failed in section

Go Durban retweeted
Street Scene ‏@streetscene031 4 hours ago
An awesome and sincerely genuine article about a walk through our #Durban CBD. Give it a read :) http://fb.me/7lYJVy8vA

MBTA Alerts! ‏@mbta_alerts 7 minutes ago
Newburyport/#RockportLine Train 54 (9:20 am from Beverly) delayed today due to switch problem. Is operating approximately 20 minute... #mbta

MBTA Commuter Rail ‏@MBTA_CR 7 minutes ago
Lowell Line Train 311 (9:10 am from North Station) delayed today due to switch problem. Operating approximately 25-30 minutes late.

MBTA Commuter Rail ‏@MBTA_CR 8 minutes ago
Middleborough/Lakeville Line Train 012 (9:38 am from Middleborough/ Lakeville) delayed today 25 to 30 minutes

London Midland ‏@LondonMidland 8 minutes ago
#BanburyTrains: We're accepting @chilternrailway & @crosscountryuk ticket holders on all reasonable London Midland routes til further notice

Metrobus Info ‏@Metrobusinfo 8 minutes ago
42, 43: Due to traffic congestion on Columbia Rd NW near Calvert, buses are experiencing up to 15 minute delays in both directions.

NYCT Subway Service ‏@NYCTSubway 8 minutes ago
#ServAdv: Following an earlier incident at 52 St, #7 train service has resumed with residual extensive delays.

MBTA Alerts! ‏@mbta_alerts 8 minutes ago
#LowellLine Train 311 (9:10 am from North Station) delayed today due to switch problem. Is operating approximately 25-30 minutes la... #mbta

SouthernRailUK ‏@SouthernRailUK 8 minutes ago
IMPORTANT: There are further changes to our timetable from today to improve performance. MORE INFO HERE http://bit.ly/1JST9yf

MBTA Commuter Rail ‏@MBTA_CR 9 minutes ago
Greenbush Line Train 073 (9:25 am from South Station) delayed today 15 to 20 minutes

Metrolinx ‏@Metrolinx 10 minutes ago
The Bramalea 09:39 - Union Station 10:20 train is estimated to be delayed 25-35 mins from Bramalea due to weather related track conditions.

LIRR ‏@LIRR 10 minutes ago
The 8:34AM train from Port Jefferson due Hicksville at 9:40AM is operating 10 minutes late due to winter weather conditions.

St. Louis Metro ‏@STLMetro 10 minutes ago
MetroLink is operating normal service on both the Red Line and Blue Line

SouthernRailUK ‏@SouthernRailUK 10 minutes ago
INFO: 14:19 London Victoria to London Bridge is 19 minutes late and will run fast between Crystal Palace and London Bridge.

Metrolinx ‏@Metrolinx 10 minutes ago
The next departure is the Union Station Bus Terminal 10:40 - Richmond Hill GO 11:25 bus trip. 2/2

GO Transit ‏@GOtransit 10 minutes ago
Bramalea 09:39 #GOTrain is estimated to be delayed 25-35 minutes due to weather conditions.

Metrolinx ‏@Metrolinx 10 minutes ago
The Union Stn Bus Terminal 09:40 - Richmond Hill GO 10:25 bus is cancelled due to weather conditions. 1/2

MBTA Commuter Rail ‏@MBTA_CR 10 minutes ago
Kingston/Plymouth Line Train 040 (8:37 am from Kingston) delayed today 15 to 25 minutes

MBTA Commuter Rail ‏@MBTA_CR 11 minutes ago
Providence/Stoughton Line Train 908 (8:28 am from Stoughton) delayed 35 to 45 minutes

MBTA Alerts! ‏@mbta_alerts 11 minutes ago
#GreenbushLine Train 073 (9:25 am from South Station) delayed today 15 to 20 minutes #mbta

Metrolinx ‏@Metrolinx 11 minutes ago
The Union Station 09:17 - Oshawa 10:15 train is holding at Union due to weather related track switch malfunction. Current delay 20 mins.

cta ‏@cta 11 minutes ago
Trains continue to operate on all 'L' lines, but longer-than-usual wait times may be experienced. See Train Tracker arrivals for info.

NYCT Subway Service ‏@NYCTSubway 11 minutes ago
#ServAdv: Some n/b #2 trains terminating at 135 St & some n/b #5 trains terminating at 149 St, due to signal problems at Jackson Av.

MBTA ‏@MBTA 11 minutes ago
#MBTA #BlueLine: Update: Minor delays due to signal problem: http://bit.ly/1g09cNs

MBTA Alerts! ‏@mbta_alerts 12 minutes ago
Kingston/#PlymouthLine Train 040 (8:37 am from Kingston) delayed today 15 to 25 minutes #mbta

MBTA Commuter Rail ‏@MBTA_CR 12 minutes ago
Providence/Stoughton Line Train 844 (9:00 am from Attleboro) delayed today 10 to 15 minutes

Metrolinx ‏@Metrolinx 12 minutes ago
Cooksville 9:50 - USBT passengers will be accommodated on the Square One Terminal 09:45 - Union Station Bus Terminal 10:35 bus trip.

MBTA ‏@MBTA 12 minutes ago
#MBTA #GreenLine: B branch: Regular service is resuming.

Metrorail W/Cape ‏@CapeTownTrains 12 minutes ago
#Trainreport #NorthernLine: Trains are delayed due to defective track circuit at Eerste River and Kraaifontein,T2329 that failed in section

GO Transit retweeted
Metrolinx ‏@Metrolinx 14 minutes ago
@amandaccaputo We're not experiencing delays on that route at this time.

MBTA Commuter Rail ‏@MBTA_CR 13 minutes ago
Providence/Stoughton Line Train 814 (9:10 am from Wickford Junction) delayed today 20 to 30 minutes

LIRR ‏@LIRR 13 minutes ago
The 9:28AM train from Oyster Bay due Jamaica at 10:24AM is being delayed due to equpiment trouble.

MBTA Alerts! ‏@mbta_alerts 13 minutes ago
Providence/#StoughtonLine Train 844 (9:00 am from Attleboro) delayed today 10 to 15 minutes #mbta

Metra ‏@Metra 13 minutes ago
UP-NW Advisory - Inbound and Outbound Trains May Incur Delays of Up to 35 Minutes http://metrarail.com

Metrolinx ‏@Metrolinx 14 minutes ago
The Cooksville GO 09:50 - Union Station Bus Terminal 10:30 bus trip is cancelled due to weather conditions.

SEPTA ‏@SEPTA 14 minutes ago
Rte 102: Service is terminating at Macdade Blvd due to high water.

MBTA Commuter Rail ‏@MBTA_CR 14 minutes ago
Providence/Stoughton Line Train 910 (9:40 am from Stoughton) delayed today 15 to 25 minutes due to late Train 909

Network Rail ‏@networkrail 14 minutes ago
Engineers works at #WatfordUpgrade over the Christmas period.(pic)

MBTA Commuter Rail ‏@MBTA_CR 14 minutes ago
Providence/Stoughton Train 909 (8:50 am from South Station) delayed today 20 to 35 minutes

Muvo retweeted
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Official TTC Tweets ‏@TTCnotices 15 minutes ago
ALL CLEAR: The delay at Queen and Bay is clear. 501 Queen has returned to regular routing. #TTC

MBTA Alerts! ‏@mbta_alerts 15 minutes ago
Providence/#StoughtonLine Train 910 (9:40 am from Stoughton) delayed today 15 to 25 minutes due to late 909 #mbta

Metrorail W/Cape ‏@CapeTownTrains 15 minutes ago
#Trainreport #NorthernLine: T2329 arrived WOODSTOCK Station at 16:24 - 21 min Late.

MBTA Alerts! ‏@mbta_alerts 16 minutes ago
Providence/#StoughtonLine Train 909 (8:50 am from South Station) delayed today 20 to 35 minutes #mbta

Metrolinx ‏@Metrolinx 16 minutes ago
The Milton GO 08:30 - Union Station 09:30 train trip is holding west of Union due to weather related track conditions.

Metrorail W/Cape ‏@CapeTownTrains 16 minutes ago
#Trainreport #CapeFlatsLine: T0555 departed ATHLONE Station at 16:36 - 4 min Late.

MBTA Commuter Rail ‏@MBTA_CR 16 minutes ago
Middleborough/Lakeville Train 005 (8:24 am from South Station) delayed today 40 to 50 minutes

SouthernRailUK ‏@SouthernRailUK 17 minutes ago
INFO: 14:08 London Bridge to Uckfield is 22 minutes late and will no longer call at Hever, Cowden, Ashurst, Eridge and Buxted

ScotRail ‏@ScotRail 17 minutes ago
UPDATE: #Kilwinning @NetworkRailScot signalling is sorted. We’re getting back to normal but may take time as trains are out of place. ^CT

Muvo retweeted
Durban SA ‏@DurbanBlog 44 minutes ago
Best Valentine Ideas in Durban and KZN http://dlvr.it/8k80 #Durban

SouthernRailUK ‏@SouthernRailUK 17 minutes ago
INFO: 14:58 Dorking to London Victoria will be started from Epsom at 15:13 due to signalling issues.

SouthernRailUK ‏@SouthernRailUK 18 minutes ago
INFO: 14:01 London Victoria to Dorking is 20 minutes late and will be terminated at Epsom

Metrorail W/Cape ‏@CapeTownTrains 18 minutes ago
Please note the current #Trainreport #SouthernLine #SimonsTown to and from #CapeTown http://ow.ly/i/8tQ1R Have a safe journey.

TransLink BC ‏@TransLink 18 minutes ago
.@dgbudd Sorry for the delay. There was a track intrusion alarm at New West Stn, but it has cleared and trains are moving again. ^CK

MBTA Alerts! ‏@mbta_alerts 19 minutes ago
Middleborough/#LakevilleLine Train 005 (8:24 am from South Station) delayed today 40 to 50 minutes #mbta

Metra ‏@Metra 19 minutes ago
MD-W Advisory - Inbound and Outbound Trains May Be Operating 10 to 30 Minutes Behind Schedule http://metrarail.com

Metra ‏@Metra 19 minutes ago
MD-N Advisory - Inbound and Outbound Trains May Incur Delays of Up to 25 Minutes http://metrarail.com

National Rail ‏@nationalrailenq 19 minutes ago
NEW: Delays between Paisley Gilmour Street and Troon /Ardrossan Harbour/ Largs expected until 15:00 #KilwinningTrains http://nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/90932.aspx

SouthernRailUK ‏@SouthernRailUK 19 minutes ago
INFO: 14:19 Epsom to London Victoria is 20 minutes late and will run fast between Sutton and London Victoria.

MBTA Commuter Rail ‏@MBTA_CR 19 minutes ago
Kingston/Plymouth Line Train 038 (7:37am from Kingston) delayed over 60 minutes.

Translink ‏@Translink_NI 19 minutes ago
#ULB #Diversions to service 4-Bangor-Ulster Hospital all week from 930am-6pm #RoadWorks Pls see link for details http://ow.ly/Ilc5P

SouthernRailUK ‏@SouthernRailUK 20 minutes ago
INFO: 14:40 London Bridge to West Croydon will be started from South Bermondsey at 14:44.

Stansted Express ‏@Stansted_Exp 20 minutes ago
Service Update 14:35 - No disruption to report at present. JH

Metrorail W/Cape ‏@CapeTownTrains 20 minutes ago
#Trainreport #Bellville #MonteVistaLine: T2360 departed AVONDALE Station at 16:32 -13 min Late

Greater Anglia ‏@greateranglia 21 minutes ago
12:30 Liverpool Street - Norwich is now 21 minutes late due to congestion caused by a late running freight train. JH

SouthernRailUK ‏@SouthernRailUK 21 minutes ago
INFO: 13:55 West Croydon to London Bridge is 16 minutes late and will be terminated at South Bermondsey.

MBTA Alerts! ‏@mbta_alerts 21 minutes ago
Kingston/#PlymouthLine Train 038 delayed over 60 minutes #mbta

NYCT Subway Service ‏@NYCTSubway 22 minutes ago
#ServAdv: Times Square bound #7 exp from 74 St to Queensboro Plz, due to debris on track at 52 St. Allow additional travel time.

SouthernRailUK ‏@SouthernRailUK 23 minutes ago
INFO: 14:35 Epsom Downs to London Victoria will start from Belmont due to earlier signalling problems.

National Rail ‏@nationalrailenq 23 minutes ago
#BanburyTrains - Buses are running between Leamington Spa and Banbury because of a landslip. More details here http://nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/90845.aspx

MBTA Commuter Rail ‏@MBTA_CR 23 minutes ago
Providence/Stoughton Line Train 812 (7:42 am from Wickford Junction) delayed 35 to 45 minutes

LIRR ‏@LIRR 23 minutes ago
The 9:11AM train from Ronkonkoma due Penn at 10:32AM is operating 17 minutes late due to winter weather conditions.

Southeastern ‏@Se_Railway 23 minutes ago
Travelling Valentines weekend? Go with a #Weekenderticket http://ow.ly/IkEF7
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SouthernRailUK ‏@SouthernRailUK 23 minutes ago
INFO: 13:23 London Victoria to Epsom Downs is terminating at Belmont due to earlier signalling problems.

TransLink BC ‏@TransLink 23 minutes ago
Good Morning riders. Customer Information is now open. We have no transit issues to report at this time. ^CK

Metrolinx ‏@Metrolinx 23 minutes ago
The Oshawa GO 08:38 - Union Station 09:41 train trip is delayed 14 minutes from Guildwood due to weather related equipment issues.

Greater Anglia ‏@greateranglia 23 minutes ago
#Rayleigh - Disruption expected for the rest of the day. @networkrail have 1/4 mile of overhead wire to fix. JH

Greater Anglia ‏@greateranglia 24 minutes ago
#Rayleigh @networkrail engineers are working as quickly as possible to resolve this problem and restore a normal train service. JH

Network Rail ‏@networkrail 24 minutes ago
#WatfordUpgrade Lines will be closed for two weekends in February to allow work on renewing the points and tracks at Watford Junction North.

Greater Anglia ‏@greateranglia 24 minutes ago
#Rayleigh A replacement bus service will operate between Southend Vic & Wickford connecting into the train service in both directions. JH

Greater Anglia ‏@greateranglia 24 minutes ago
#Rayleigh Half hourly train service is operating between Wickford & Liv St departing on xx10 & xx40 minutes past each hour. JH

SouthernRailUK ‏@SouthernRailUK 24 minutes ago
INFO: 15:03 Sutton to London Victoria is starting from W Croydon at 15:16 due to earlier signalling problems.

Greater Anglia ‏@greateranglia 24 minutes ago
#Rayleigh - Half hourly train service is operating between Liv St & Wickford departing Liv St xx55 & xx25 minutes past each hour. JH

Greater Anglia ‏@greateranglia 24 minutes ago
#Rayleigh Rail replacement buses will operate between Southend Vic & Shenfield in both directions. JH

Greater Anglia ‏@greateranglia 24 minutes ago
#Rayleigh Our tickets are being accepted on London Underground reasonable routes until further notice and on @c2c_Rail. JH

Greater Anglia ‏@greateranglia 24 minutes ago
#Rayleigh Services are being affected by this problem in both directions. Disruption expected until the end of service tonight. JH

Greater Anglia ‏@greateranglia 25 minutes ago
Services between Wickford & Southend are suspended due to damage to the overhead wires near #Rayleigh JH

NYCT Subway Service ‏@NYCTSubway 25 minutes ago
#ServAdv: Times Square bound #7 exp from Willets Pt to Queensboro Plz, due to debris on track at 52 St. Allow additional travel time.

LIRR ‏@LIRR 25 minutes ago
The 8:31AM train from Ronkonkoma due Penn at 9:56AM is operating 10 minutes late due to winter weather conditions.

MBTA Alerts! ‏@mbta_alerts 25 minutes ago
Rte 14 Snow Route in Effect: Bypassing Cummins Highway. Connect at Hyde Park Avenue or at Roslindale Square. #mbta

Metrolinx ‏@Metrolinx 25 minutes ago
The Kitchener GO 07:02 - Union Station 09:08 train trip is holding west of Union due to weather related track conditions

SouthernRailUK ‏@SouthernRailUK 26 minutes ago
INFO: 14:29 P Harbour to Brighton calling additionally at Goring-By-Sea, Durrington-On-Sea & W Worthing due to earlier signalling problems.

MBTA Alerts! ‏@mbta_alerts 26 minutes ago
Rte 30 Snow Route in Effect: Omitting Cummins Hwy from Hyde Park to Washington St. Connect at Cummins Hwy @Hyde Park Ave #mbta

Metrorail Info ‏@Metrorailinfo 26 minutes ago
Shady Grove-bound Red Line train offloading at Union Station, equipment problem. Next train holding outside the station. 9:27a #wmata

Metra ‏@Metra 26 minutes ago
MD-W Advisory - Outbound Train #2207 Scheduled to Arrive Big Timber at 9:23 a.m. - Stopped http://metrarail.com

Metrolinx ‏@Metrolinx 26 minutes ago
The Oshawa GO 08:25 - Union Station 09:18 train trip is delayed 14 minutes east of Union due to weather related congestion.

Metrolinx ‏@Metrolinx 27 minutes ago
The Pickering 08:25 - Union Station 09:10 train trip is holding east of Union due to weather related congestion. Current delay: 20 minutes.

Metrolinx ‏@Metrolinx 28 minutes ago
The Richmond Hill GO 09:20 - Union Station 10:06 train trip is estimated to be delayed 30-40 mins due to weather related track conditions.

MBTA Commuter Rail ‏@MBTA_CR 28 minutes ago
Newburyport/Rockport Line Train 103 (8:35 am from North Station) delayed today due to switch problem. Is operating 15-20 mins late.

Metrobus Info ‏@Metrobusinfo 28 minutes ago
90, 96, X3: Due to traffic congestion at U St & 15th St NW, buses are experiencing up to 20 minute delays in both directions.

Greater Anglia ‏@greateranglia 29 minutes ago
15:48 Liverpool St - Braintree will be started from Witham at 16:35 due to damage to the overhead electric wires. JH

GO Transit ‏@GOtransit 29 minutes ago
Richmond Hill 09:20 #GOTrain is estimated to be delayed 30-40 mins due to weather related conditions.

MBTA Alerts! ‏@mbta_alerts 29 minutes ago
Newburyport/#RockportLine Train 103 (8:35 am from North Station) delayed today due to switch problem. Is operating approximately 15... #mbta

Greater Anglia ‏@greateranglia 29 minutes ago
#Rayleigh - Check here for delays, cancellations and alterations to services: http://www.journeycheck.com/greateranglia JH

Metrolinx ‏@Metrolinx 30 minutes ago
Union Station 09:13 - Aldershot GO 10:21 train trip is estimated to be delayed 15-20 minutes from Union due to inclement weather conditions.

SEPTA ‏@SEPTA 30 minutes ago
Thorndale: Train #515 going to Thorndale is operating 16 minutes late. Last at Bryn Mawr.


Working in Pharamond's office must be like this.

To me it's sobering knowing that all these people in all these places are keeping all these systems running, all at the same time. These are just the English-speaking announcements in the piece of the planet which is currently at work--the British Isles, South Africa, and the Northeast of North America--Australia and Asia are off-peak, and the west coast of North America is just getting started. And it doesn't include the transit authorities who don't bother tweeting.

Back when that little scene with the travel god was written I'm guessing no one really thought what it would be like to amalgamate the alert feeds of all these transit providers. Now I can point and click and put together a feed in minutes.

It's strange living in the future.
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