MoDOT using Twitter for traffic updates in St. Louis, Kansas City and along I-70
JEFFERSON CITY - This spring, the tweets you hear in Missouri are more than just the birds returning. The Missouri Department of Transportation joins the chorus of tweets on Twitter, a micro-blog allowing the agency to provide important travel updates and news in 140 characters or less.
Real-time traffic alerts are available in St. Louis, Kansas City and along I-70 across the state. Follow at:
St. Louis: http://twitter.com/StLouisTraffic
KC Scout: http://twitter.com/KansasCityScout
I-70 Corridor: http://twitter.com/scout70corridor
MoDOT's central office offers news and links of statewide interest at http://twitter.com/MoDOT, and several district offices have accounts to reach local travelers. Find available Twitter accounts at www.modot.mo.gov/Twitter/index.htm.
Twitter is one of the fastest-growing social media tools, with quadrupled growth over the last two months. U.S. comScore Media Metrix reports 17 million U.S. visitors in April, an 83 percent gain from March and a 3,000 percent gain from one year ago.
"Twitter is a great no-cost way MoDOT can reach out to customers with a tool they are already using," said MoDOT Director Pete Rahn. "And, it is perfect for short bites of real-time information like traffic updates."
District and traffic safety Twitter pages:
Kansas City District Office: http://twitter.com/MoDOT_KC
North Central District Office: http://twitter.com/ModotNoCentral
Northeast District Office: http://twitter.com/MoDOT_Northeast
Central District Office: http://twitter.com/MoDOT_Central
Southwest District Office: http://twitter.com/MoDOT_Southwest
Springfield District Office: http://twitter.com/MoDOTSpringfiel
South Central office: http://twitter.com/ModotSoCentral
Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety: http://twitter.com/saveMOlives
Visitors to Twitter will need to create a Twitter account to begin following traffic alerts and other Twitter updates. Once you have created an account or logged on, a "follow" button is located under each profile picture. Happy Tweets!
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