Twitter is a mixed bag, but when it comes to getting information on transportation and commuting issues in the Washington area, it can be a very useful resource. The platform can be a good way to get up-to-the-minute information on travel disruptions, and there are many agencies, news outlets, and individuals that do it quite well.
Here are a handful of our favorite transit-oriented Twitter handles. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list. If you have a great Twitter handle you think we should follow, let us know!
@vaDOTNOVA - Have you followed VDOT’s Northern Virginia District on Twitter during a snowstorm? They are a hoot. Their live-tweeting of ridealongs is both informational and delightful (see below). This is a very active Twitter account and never boring.
@unsuckdcmetro - Not necessarily a great source of news, but the operator of this handle does a great job of channeling the frustration that many commuters have with Metro. Thanks to them, nothing that Metro says or does goes unchallenged, and we are better off for it.
@martindicaro - Martin was the transportation reporter for WAMU up until January, and a good Tweeter as well. He’s active, informative, and doesn’t let official agency statements go unchallenged. We don’t know where his next reporting gig will be, but he’s kept active on Twitter and we are all better off for it.
@nickWTOP - All of the reporters on WTOP know what they are doing, but Nick Ianelli is a good Tweeter who always seems to take the extra step of including video or photos of things he’s covering. I wish he was more active, and he does not always Tweet about transportation, but when he does use the platform, it’s good stuff.
@amaxsmith - Max Smith from WTOP is very active on Twitter and breaks a lot of news. He’ll Tweet from Metro and MWCOG board meetings and is often the only reporter present. He is good at using the platform as a true reporting tool.
Who else in the transportation space does Twitter well?