I’m happy to announce that I’ve created shortcuts in IOS so that Siri can now tell you if SEPTA is fucked!
Before you can get started, you will need to configure IOS to allow Untrusted Shortcuts. There are more detailed instructions on Apple’s support website, but it comes down to doing these two things:
- Go into Settings > Shortcuts
- Turn on the setting that says “Allow Untrusted Shortcuts”.
If you don’t see the setting mentioned in Step 2), you will need to open the Shortcuts app, run at least one shortcut, and come back to that screen. (Thanks, Apple!)
If you need further help allowing Untrusted Shortcuts, this writeup is more thorough and includes screenshots.
Anyway, once you have enabled Untrusted Shortcuts, you can click on any of these links to add shortcuts to Siri that will query the website’s API and report back on the status of Regional Rail, Busses, or both:
Once a Shortcut is loaded, you can run the shortcut by either tapping on the Shortcut in the Shortscuts app, or simply by asking Siri the question mentioned above.
Feel free to try this out, and let me know in the comments how it works for you!
Special thanks to @RadioColin over on Twitter for the initial draft of the shortcut!