Monday, September 9, 2013

Transportation All A Twitter

Calgary commuters will have another source of traffic information from The City of Calgary starting today.

The City’s Transportation department is launching a new twitter account. The account @yyctransport provides news, information and updates on traffic and transportation-related events, projects and programs.

Throughout the day, commuters will find traffic information on detours, road closures and incidents. People can also check @yyctransport for updates on events, open houses, Calgary Transit service alerts, construction projects, cycling news and transportation-related programs.

“This account will augment the other City of Calgary communication and social media channels already in use to share transportation-related information,” said Ken Farrington, Transportation’s Digital Communications Supervisor. “There is a lot of transportation and mobility-related information that commuters, cyclists and pedestrians want. This is another way for them to access it easily.”

Transportation information is already available through several City communication channels. The City’s Twitter account @CityofCalgary launched in 2009 has more than 83,000 followers and Calgary Transit’s Twitter account @calgarytransit targeting transit customers has almost 30,000 followers. The City also has a Facebook presence, a City YouTube channel with more than 1,200 videos and a dedicated Transportation channel, the Newsroom for news releases and advisories, and the City News blog.

Information on The City’s Snow and Ice Control (SNIC) program will be shared on @yyctransport. SNIC and snow route parking ban information is already available through our online map, a downloadable iPhone app for snow and ice control, an opt-in email notification, on and through regular media.

So when you are looking for information on what’s happening down the street or around Calgary, let your fingers do the walking.

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