Vern Express shuttle to utilize Twitter for service advisories

The Vern Express is now on Twitter, an information service that can send updates directly to cell phones, to keep students updated on everything from service schedules to traffic delays.

Twitter will allow staff to post messages, which are then sent via text to students.

Elan Schnitzer, marketing coordinator for event and special services, said Twitter will be used for service alerts.

“[Service alerts] are more immediate notices – for instance, a short service interruption in the middle of the night, or heavy traffic that’s causing delays for only a short period, so that riders can plan to give themselves an extra few minutes for the trip,” Schnitzer said.

For now, the Twitter account is being used on a trial basis. Launched just before the inauguration, the goal was to give students updates on the inevitable delays that would come with the road closures.

“We’re constantly toying with new ways of sharing information – particularly up-to-the-minute information – and soliciting feedback about The Vern Express.”

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