Traffic REST API v1

Yahoo! is shutting down the Traffic Rest API and the Traffic RSS Feed. There is no transition to a new or existing Yahoo! Traffic API at this time. Although the current APIs are going away, we will announce improvements to our Maps APIs in early 2011, which will include updated traffic features.

The Traffic Web Services from Yahoo! enable you to get traffic alert information from a given location. Use the Traffic REST API to customize your request with many parameters including indicating locations based on a city/state/zip or latitude-longitude, whether to include a map image, or a search radius in miles.

Traffic Web Services are also available through a dynamic RSS feed.

Request URL

Request parameters

See information on constructing REST queries

Parameter Value Description
appid string (required) The application ID. See Application IDs for more information.
street string Street name. The number is optional.
city string City name.
state string The United States state. You can spell out the full state name or you can use the two-letter abbreviation.
zip integer or <integer>-<integer> The five-digit zip code, or the five-digit code plus four-digit extension. If this location contradicts the city and state specified, the zip code will be used for determining the location and the city and state will be ignored.
location free text

This free field lets users enter any of the following:

  • city, state
  • city, state, zip
  • zip
  • street, city, state
  • street, city, state, zip
  • street, zip

If location is specified, it will take priority over the individual fields in determining the location for the query. City, state and zip will be ignored.

latitude float: -90 to 90 The latitude of the starting location.
longitude float: -180 to 180 The longitude of the starting location. If both latitude and longitude are specified, they will take priority over all other location data. If only one of latitude or longitude is specified, both will be ignored.
severity integer: 1 to 5 (default: 1) The minimum severity level to return, from 1 (least severe) to 5 (most severe)
zoom integer: 1 to 12 (default: 6) The zoom level for the data, from 1 (street level) to 12 (country level). If a radius is specified, this is ignored.
radius float How far (in miles) from the specified location to provide data for. The default radius varies according to the location given and the zoom level. If a zoom is specified, this is ignored.
include_map 0 (default) or 1 If set to 1 will return the URL of a map image for the location of each reported incident.
image_type png (default) or gif The image format for the map (if requested).
image_height integer: 10 to 2000 (default: 500) The height of the image (if requested) being generated, in pixels.
image_width integer: 10 to 2000 (default: 620 The width of the image (if requested) being generated, in pixels.
output string: xml (default), php The format for the output. If php is requested, the results will be returned in Serialized PHP format.

Sample Request Url:

Response Elements

The schema document for this service response is located at

Field Description
ResultSet Contains all of the query responses.
LastUpdateDate The last time data for this location was updated, in unix timestamp format.
Warning If there is an issue with the associated map images (such as the exact location not being found), this will contain a brief warning about the problem.
Result Contains each individual response. Has an attribute:
  • type: The nature of the alert. Possible values are incident and construction.
Title The general title of the alert.
Description A more detailed description of the alert.
Latitude The latitude of the location.
Longitude The longitude of the location.
Direction The direction of traffic flow affected by the alert.
Severity The severity of the alert, from 1 (least severe) to 5 (most severe).
ReportDate The date and time this incident was reported, in unix timestamp format.
UpdateDate The date and time this incident was last updated, in unix timestamp format.
EndDate The date and time this incident is scheduled to end, in unix timestamp format.
ImageUrl If requested, the URL for an image corresponding to the location of the alert.

Sample response

The following is a sample response for the traffic problems around Yahoo! headquarters:

Rate Limit

The Traffic Web Service is limited to 50,000 queries per IP address per day. See information on rate limiting.


The Traffic Web Service returns the standard errors. There are no service-specific errors.