Send Text Messages To Get Your Trimet Trip Planner | "Dadnab Extends Transit Texting Service to Portland"

With my texting skills, I think I would miss two buses before I got it to work correctly. However, I know there are a bunch of text-messaging pros out there in P-town, so this is good stuff for ya…I'll save my texts for Dodgeballing.
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From the Dabnab press release

Dadnab Extends Transit Texting Service to Portland

PORTLAND, OR (December 3, 2007) — Rail and bus riders in the Portland metropolitan area can now use text messaging to plan their trips. Transportation startup Dadnab ( has extended its trip planning service to Portland, making it the first and only such text messaging service available in the area. Dadnab offers the service at no charge.

A Portland Dadnab user sends an SMS text messages from a mobile phone to In the message, the user specifies an origin, destination, and an optional departure or arrival time. The service replies with step-by-step instructions for reaching the desired destination by light rail, bus, or streetcar.

The Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) serves the greater Portland area, including Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. Dadnab gives route and schedule information for all of TriMet's service area.

The service is multi-modal, meaning that the itineraries it sends to users can contain a mix of modes of public transportation. For example, it might suggest using light rail for the first leg of the trip and transferring to a bus to reach the desired destination as quickly as possible.

Entrepreneur Roger L. Cauvin founded and operates the service.

“If you're a first-time or infrequent transit rider,” he says. “you don't want to wade through maps and schedules to determine how to get to your destination.” Cauvin adds, “Even experienced riders sometimes know the routes but don't know which is best at any particular time.”

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0 Responses to Send Text Messages To Get Your Trimet Trip Planner | "Dadnab Extends Transit Texting Service to Portland"

  1. Brandon Philips December 6, 2007 at 11:43 pm #

    It doesn’t even work with their Portland example: “3700 se woodstock to portland airport”

  2. Roger L. Cauvin December 7, 2007 at 8:26 pm #

    Brandon, there was no transit service to the airport at the time your requested the trip.

    If you don’t specify a departure or arrival time, Dadnab assumes you want to depart at the current time. Had you performed your query during the day or earlier in the evening, you would have seen an itinerary.

    Dadnab’s help page shows how you can specify a departure or arrival time.

  3. Roger L. Cauvin December 9, 2007 at 9:31 pm #

    Julian, I forgot to mention that Dadnab has a hidden feature for Dodgeball users. If you append an exclamation point to your Dadnab query, it will notify your Dadnab friends where you’re going:

    3700 se woodstock to portland airport by 4 pm !

    Dadnab will reply with your itinerary, and your Dodgeball friends will receive the following text message:

    Julian says “Dadnab told me I’ll be at Portland International Airport (PDX) after 03:54 PM”. Reply to xxx-xxx-xxxx to say hi.

    (This feature only works if you send a text message; the web demo doesn’t send Dodgeball notifications.)

  4. Brandon Philips December 10, 2007 at 4:14 pm #

    Ah, ok that makes sense. Thanks for the reply- very useful service!

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