Traffic Dynamic RSS 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. The Traffic RSS feed is a dynamically-generated feed; start with the base URL, add parameters for your location and other details and get back just the information you wish to see.

Traffic Web Services are also available through the Traffic REST API.

Creating a Dynamic Feed

The dynamic Traffic RSS feed begins with the base RSS URL:

To this URL, add parameters to customize the feed for your location or application. The feed parameters have the form parameter=value. All values must be URL encoded . The appid parameter is required for all feed requests. For example, to get a Traffic alert feed for the zip code 94043, use this URL:

For the traffic alerts in and around Yahoo! Headquarters in Sunnyvale, use this URL:

See Request Parameters for the available dynamic feed parameters.

Yahoo! Maps returns an RSS 2.0 feed in response to this request. You can subscribe to this URL from My Yahoo! or another RSS feed aggregator, or you can incorporate the information in the RSS feed into your own application. See Response Elements for information on the elements contained in the RSS feed.

Request parameters

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

Use location to enter city, state or zip code information in any of the following free-text formats:

  • 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 or 1 Always 1; an image is always returned.  
image_type png (default) or gif The image format for the map.
image_height integer: 10 to 2000 (default: 500) The height of the image being generated, in pixels.
image_width integer: 10 to 2000 (default: 620 The width of the image being generated, in pixels.

Response Elements

The Traffic RSS response is an XML document that conforms to the RSS 2.0 specification. Additional elements from the geo vocabulary are also included. Traffic RSS is an XML document containing a single channel element representing the feed, several elements containing metadata about the feed itself, and one or more item elements describing individual items within the feed.  

Top-Level Element

Element Description
rss Topmost enclosing element. Traffic RSS conforms to RSS 2.0.
Child elements: channel

Channel Elements

The channel element contains metadata about the feed and its contents.

Element Description
title The title of the feed, for example "Yahoo! Traffic Alerts."
link The URL of Yahoo! Maps (
language The language of the alert (en for English)
description The description of the feed, for example, "Traffic Alerts."
copyright The Yahoo! copyright statement for this feed.  
lastBuildDate The last time data for this location was updated, in the date format defined by RFC822 Section 5, for example Mon, 256 Sep 17:25:18 -0700.
image The image used to identify this feed.  See Image Elements for element descriptions
Child elements: url, title, link, width, height
item A traffic alert. Each location feed contains multiple item elements for each alert. See Item Elements for element descriptions.
Child elements: title, link, description, geo:lat, geo:long, guid, pubDate

Image Elements

The image element describes an image or icon used to identify the feed.

Element Description
title The title of the image, for example "Yahoo! Maps"
link The URL of the site the feed refers to, for example, Yahoo! Maps (
url The URL of the image
width The width of the image, in pixels
height The height of the image, in pixels

Item Elements

Element Description
title The general title of the alert.  
link The URL of the map image for the alert. The image is included regardless of whether the include_image parameter is 1 or 0.
description The detailed description of the alert.
item A traffic alert. Each location feed contains multiple item elements for each alert.
Child elements: title, link, description, geo:lat, geo:long, guid, pubDate
geo:lat The latitude of the location.
geo:long The longitude of the location.
guid Unique identifier for the item. For alerts the guid is a link to the map image representing the item and has the same value as the link element for the item.
pubDate The date and time this incident was reported, in the date format defined by RFC822 Section 5, for example Mon, 256 Sep 17:25:18 -0700.


To request an RSS feed of possible traffic alerts around Yahoo! Headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA, use this request:

The response is shown below:

Rate Limit

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


The Traffic RSS Feed returns the standard errors. There are no service-specific errors.