Metro Redesigning Its Web Site
Metro, like many of the world's transit system, conveys a lot of information to its riders via the Internet. I hardly ever take a trip without using the Trip Planner or checking a bus schedule or looking at next train arrival times.
But Web sites, like newspapers, need to get freshened up every so often so they present the most relevant information in the clearest possible way.
The transit authority is planning to relaunch its Web site on Monday. For those of you familiar with the current site, this will look vastly different and much friendlier. For those who haven't gone online to check transit information, I think you'll find it very useful to check out.
After you see it next week, send your thoughts to me at email@example.com. I'm planning to review it on an upcoming Commuter page in The Post.
My first look at a test version left these impressions: The new version will be much less oriented toward transit authority bureaucracy and more oriented toward riders. It takes advantage of improvements in Web technology, including video. The home page is all on one screen. There's no more crawl across the top showing the service alert, but the new spot for alerts is much color-coded and much easier to understand at a glance.
Fewer clicks are necessary to drill down to the information you're after. Looks like a maximum of three. The Trip Planner presentation is clearer. The station information you're most likely to want immediately will click up as you move your mouse across the system map.
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