ColdFusion Powers Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

I’ll be in D.C. next week, and was just checking metro routes on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) site. (I couldn’t remember if the blue line or orange line ran to Foggy Bottom, turns out it’s both). The site is well designed, easy-to-use, and fast too. I particularly like the Trip Planner. And the best part is that the site is powered by ColdFusion MX 6.1

6 responses to “ColdFusion Powers Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority”

  1. Sam Farmer Avatar
    Sam Farmer

    The wmata site got much faster recently. Was it the upgrade to 6.1?

  2. Jim Avatar

    BTW we’re taking you out to lunch. Do you have any special food preferences? Next week is Restaurant Week.

  3. Michael Smith Avatar
    Michael Smith

    Thanks for your comments Ben! TeraTech wrote the trip planner for WMATA using CFMX to get trip info from a legacy system using web services. We also improved the useability of the system and added a feature to list walking directions from the metro stop.

  4. Ben Forta Avatar
    Ben Forta

    Sam, I don’t know what made it faster, I have not chatted with the WMATA folks in a while. But Michael Smith just pointed out that his company worked on the site, so maybe he can provide info on what was changed.
    Jim, you are? Cool! 🙂 E-mail me directly.
    Michael, congrats to you on your team on a job well down.

  5. Nick Shears Avatar
    Nick Shears

    The upgrade from CF5 to MX gave us the speed improvement you noticed. Other credits: San Francisco design firm supplied the new look and navigation; Trapeze Software provided the SOAP interface to their ATIS (Automated Transit Information System); and TeraTech used CFMX and SOAP to make calls to ATIS to populate the trip-planning templates.

  6. Sam C. Farmer Avatar
    Sam C. Farmer

    Please have Sam Farmer contact me.
    No special reason, except there are not that many people are named Sam Farmer.
    Sam C. Farmer

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