The MBTA Releases a Mobile Site that’s Actually Useful

After parking my car in the garage this morning, I walked down stairs to the train platform to see it full of people waiting for a train that wasn’t there. It was now 8:26 and the 8:25 was no where in sight. Annoyed as why the train wasn’t here, I pulled out my Q to see if Internet Exploder Mobile could render the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s web site so I could check the service alerts.

Much to my amazement and delight, the MBTA now offers a mobile version (at the same URL) which is very usable on a mobile device. In addition to that, they’ve organized the content in such a way that it’s more useful for a mobile user. For example, The first item on the home page is “service alerts.” Minor, yes, but extremely useful. The content is nicely organized and easy to navigate on a mobile device.

The only complaint I have so far is that I can’t personalize it like I can the main site. Having MyMBTA available on the mobile home page would be even more useful. At any rate, it nice to see increased fares actually doing something useful. Now if only they’d put WiFi on the commuter rails.