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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.

It combines that with up-to-the-minute coverage from this blog--also displayed by Metro line--so you can consult Dr. Gridlock when you need him most... when you're on the go.

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, 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:

By Luke Rosiak  | August 5, 2010; 1:47 PM ET
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An iPhone app designed to make riding Metro as quick and painless as possible could only work by directing the user to jump in front of an oncoming train from the rear of the platform.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 5, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

How about an Android app too? It's the fastest growing mobile OS, and sold the most units last quarter (yes more than the iPhone)

Posted by: whthorse | August 5, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I second the call for an Android app! And what about all of us bus riders? I imagine it must be exponentially more complicated to create a useful and reliable bus app - but it would also be exponentially more appreciated. We don't even get electronic status boards, and good luck finding the correct stop (esp. those that are scattered in between the posted signs) if it's not on your regular route!

Posted by: iscribe | August 5, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Android App?

There is one: DC Metro Transit Info.

Free, plus it has NextBus integrated. Really neat. Been using it for about 5 months.

Posted by: MaxPowerDJ | August 5, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

hope the app is prettier than this page;)

Posted by: unsuckdcmetro | August 5, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Yep, for Android, DC Metro Transit Info is awesome! It has the Next Bus and they just added a Trip Planner as well. I've been using the program over the year and it's been flawless (not to mention free)

Posted by: rainblue31 | August 5, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

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