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Transportation

It'd be great to get a feed of scheduled raising/lowering of the various bridges. And as well, a way to directly query the current state of each bridge. The service would include enough info so (for example) if a particular bridge is in the UP position, the data would reveal why.

A dataset like this would support traffic routing apps and informational apps for people caught in traffic waiting for a bridge to be lowered.

Discussion
Iknuth :: July 5, 2010 - 1:31pm

This is an awesome idea :)

Snacky :: July 5, 2010 - 1:40pm

Thanks! I've also thought that the same thing would be useful for trains on the Eastside, especially on the tracks where they cut through Produce Row. Because, like most people have probably found out: Once you get off the Inner Eastside highway exit coming up from the South, you are *trapped* if there's a train. There is literally no way out: can't get back on the highway, and can't get out of that sliver of produce row. I think the set up is actually kind of dangerous. So if we could know in advance that there's a train there, we'd be able to take a different exit.

rogerimp :: February 17, 2012 - 3:15pm

I had the same idea. Access to this data would be great. I'm very curious - if you can't find train or drawbridge data directly from the city or various traffic operators, I wonder if there are any public webcams trained on the various bridges and track crossings. If there are, depending on their positioning, it should be possible to train an image classifier to recognize UP/DOWN and TRAIN/NO TRAIN with good accuracy. -- Just poked around http://www.tripcheck.com/Pages/CamerasPortland.asp but I'm not seeing anything useful for bridges or train crossings... -- Also just found http://www.bridgelift.com/, unclear how their system works so far.

EthanPDX :: February 20, 2012 - 12:40pm

Bridges are also one of our most seismically suspect pieces of infrastructure. I would like to see this plug into the PublicAlerts system so bridge status could be accessible in other channels in an emergency.