About Amtraker


Q: Why did you build Amtraker?

A: To put it simply, Amtrak's tracker is just a hunk of junk. I wrote a blogpost about how terribly the API is designed very briefly (which can be read here). If you're more fluent with programming, just imagine numbers stored as strings, dates in a format far from standard, and timezones being essentially nonexistent. Additionally, the site doesn't work well on mobile and desktop, which is what I strived to improve upon. What came to be was the original version of Amtraker (still available here). One issue is that I was never really satisfied with it, mainly due to the fact that it didn't have a map, had terrible SEO (Search-Engine Optimization - terrible for search engines), and had really low quality. Because of this, I started rebuilding the application from the ground up starting in December of 2021 while simultaneously figuring out how Next.js worked. Now we are here, and here we are. I am very tired while writing this, could you tell?

Q: Why isn't the App on the App Store?

2 reasons: 1.) Apple doesn't allow Progressive Web-Apps (this) onto their store (yet?) and 2.) I don't have a mac so I couldn't publish the app regardless.

Q: Where is the source code?

A: Glad you asked and here.

Q: Is there any way I can donate to the project?

A: Nope! Last time I tried, it was removed from the play store for having a donation link.

Q: I have a reccomendation for the project. Where do I direct my concerns?

Sure thing! You can either make an issue on github, submit feedback/issues to the contact form, send me an email, message me on Discord (piero#0001), or follow and DM me on my various social medias (@piemadd most places).

Some data I'm seeing is incorrect.

Oh noes! Please take a/some screenshot(s) of what you're seeing (make sure the train number and day are recorded) and submit an issue on github. I'll get to fixing it as soon as I can. If you're not on github, you can also submit feedback/issues to the contact form.

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