Navigate Metro with free iPhone app
The Washington Post Co. this week unveiled DC Rider, an iPhone app designed to make riding Metro as quick and painless as possible.
A few taps on your screen will let you know when the next train is pulling up to your station--it remembers which ones you care about--letting you know whether you need to run, or whether you've got a few minutes before you need to head to the station. And if you're off the beaten path, it can use your phone's GPS to tell you what the nearest station is, too.
It pulls in the latest disruptions and other service announcements from Metro, showing you only the information affecting lines you care about--and to make it complete, combines that official information with the voices on the ground: complaints, heads-ups and chatter on Twitter about the train lines you care about.
If you're experiencing delays, slow fare gates, unhelpful station managers or broken escalators, you can vent, make your voice heard, and help other riders by effortlessly posting a comment that other DC Rider users can see.
Of course, we know that Metro is just a way to get to your destination. Based on entertainment guides compiled by the experts in fun at the Post's Express free commuter daily and their ExpressNightOut.com, the iPhone app tells you what's going on near the Metro station you're at, from concerts and bars to poetry readings and cookouts.
Download it from Apple's app store for free today--in our experience, it's made traveling on WMATA both more efficient and even a little fun.
Update: If you don't have an iPhone or you're preparing to head out of the office, you can use DC Rider on your computer, too: http://www.expressnightout.com/dcrider.
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