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Helpful Apps & Tools

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Consider all public transit options in DC and plan a trip using this real-time app.
Available on: iOS Android
View maps and plan a trip by transit, walking, biking (or driving).
Available on: iOS Android
DC Metro Transit
Real-time predictions for the DC Metrorail, Metro Bus, Circulator, PG County – The Bus, Fairfax CUE, and the UMD Shuttle.
Available on: iOS Android
Plan your trip, find departure times for all nearby transit lines, request an Uber, reserve a car2go or grab the closest Capital Bikeshare bike.
Available on: iOS Android
A trip planner with real-time rail and bus predictions and a DC Metro map that features transit options near your current location.
Available on: iOS Android
Navigation system with connections to a community of travelers who recommend driving routes, warn of troubles ahead, advise on detours and suggest shortcuts.
Available on: iOS Android

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Mobile-friendly, trip planner via Metrorail and Metrobus.

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Free mobile app for Capital Bikeshare. Locate stations and available bikes and docks.
Available on: iOS Android

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Bicycling discussion forum for the Washington, DC area, presented by BikeArlington, goDCgo, and WABA.
Report crashes, harassment & assaults. Help improve enforcement & safety.
A map of DC including Bicycle facilities including off-street trails, bike lanes, cycle tracks, shared lanes, trail access points and Capital Bikeshare stations.
Interactive map for biking in DC that helps you plan your route and indicates which sections are on paths, bike lanes or shared roads.
Interactive map for biking in the DC metro region that denotes trails, paths, bike lanes and bike routes.
RackSpotter is a free, crowdsourced tool available for web browsers and smartphones that can be used to identify bike parking locations throughout the Washington DC region.

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Alexandria DASH Bus Schedule
Carry the DASH schedule with you everywhere, no WiFi or cell service required.
Available on: iOS Android
Find nearby bus stops on a map, choose from a list of favorite stops, add shortcuts to your phone’s home screen, and set reminders for frequently used trips.
Available on: iOS Android
DC Metro Transit
Real-time predictions for the DC Metrorail, Metro Bus, Circulator, PG County – The Bus, Fairfax CUE, and the UMD Shuttle.
Available on: iOS Android

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Real-time bus arrival information up to three buses in advance.
Metrobus maps in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Maps show Metrobus route numbers, bus terminals, landmarks, Park & Ride lots and connections to Metrorail, MARC Train Service and VRE commuter rail.
Mobile-friendly, trip planner via Metrorail and Metrobus.
Sign up to be the first to know about Metrorail, Metrobus, or MetroAccess delays, service adjustments, detours and other events that may affect your trip.
Mobile-friendly, real-time departures via Metrorail and Metrobus.
Individual route maps and schedules for all Metrobus routes.

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Next Metro DC
Next Metro DC is the best iPhone App for people who ride the Washington DC Metro transit system, WMATA. App now includes the new Silver Line!
Available on: iOS
DC Metro Transit
Real-time predictions for the DC Metrorail, Metro Bus, Circulator, PG County – The Bus, Fairfax CUE, and the UMD Shuttle.
Available on: iOS Android
DC Rider
Find the nearest Metrorail station and when the next train will arrive, view its entrances on a street map and see fare info.
Available on: iOS Android
Discover the convenience of traveling with Amtrak. With the Amtrak app you can get simple and intuitive access to all the travel information you need, whenever you need it.
Available on: iOS Android
VRE Mobile
With the VRE Mobile ticketing app, you can buy and use fares (tickets and passes) for VRE Commuter Rail at anytime, anywhere directly from your smartphone.
Available on: iOS Android
VRE Rider
Browse the train schedules, see where stations are located, and get fare information.
Available on: iOS

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An interactive map of all WMATA Metro lines and stations.
Mobile-friendly, trip planner via Metrorail and Metrobus.
Sign up to be the first to know about Metrorail, Metrobus, or MetroAccess delays, service adjustments, detours and other events that may affect your trip.
Mobile-friendly, real-time departures via Metrorail and Metrobus.

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A carsharing network of eco-friendly smart fortwo vehicles.Members locate cars with a web or smartphone app and use their member card or smartphone app to get in. Members are billed for minutes used, with no set return time. Parking, gas, insurance and maintenance are bundled into the rate.
Available on: iOS Android
Enterprise CarShare uses technology and an award-winning service record to deliver speed, efficiency and economy to people who need a car at a moment’s notice. Rent a car from one of 80 locations throughout the DC area.
Available on: iOS Android
From compact cars to pick-up trucks to cargo vans, Zipcars can be rented for as little as an hour and you never have to pay for gas. Members reserve cars online, through a mobile app or over the phone, unlock the reserved car using a membership card, use the car, and return it to its original location.
Available on: iOS Android
Getaround is car rental on-demand – rent a car with no paperwork, no waiting, and no hassle. With Getaround, you can rent 1000’s of cars from a Toyota to a BMW to a Tesla and unlock them all with your phone.
Available on: iOS Android
Turo is a car rental marketplace where travelers can rent any car they want, wherever they want it, from a community of local car owners in the DC area.
Available on: iOS Android
Parkmobile provides a new and better way to pay for parking using your smartphone. Reserve a spot with the Parkmobile app and receive notifications 15-minutes prior to your parking session expiring.
Available on: iOS Android

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Map of parking opportunities in the District overlaid with Metrorail stations
Search and compare all available parking options and prices. Pre-purchase the perfect spot and have a guaranteed space waiting for you when you need it.
Find and book the best available parking at a discounted rate. No more endless searching for the right spot. With ParkWhiz, you’ll book the most convenient space closest to your destination. Guaranteed. Download the ParkWhiz app for mobile exclusive rates on thousands of spots.
Metro offers reserved parking at 35 rail stations. Reserved parking spaces for permit holders are available until 10 am; after that time, all unused spaces are available for general use.

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Sluglines assists drivers by reaching the two or three person HOV requirement along the I-395/I-95 and I-66 corridor. Riders wait for drivers at designated pick-ups and passengers get a free ride to their destination.
Available on: iOS Android
Share the ride with others going the same way, and pay up to 60% less. Lyft Line is the one line that goes everywhere.
Available on: iOS Android
Share your ride and split the cost of your trip with another Uber rider headed in the same direction. The average time added to an uberPOOL trip is less than five minutes.
Available on: iOS Android
Via offers smarter shared rides for the price of the Metro. We have served over 6.5 million rides in New York City, and launched this summer in DC. Use code “GODCGO” for a free ride for new users.
Available on: iOS Android
CarpoolNow
Immediately connects users who are offering a ride with those seeking a ride. Carpool on-demand and in real-time.
Available on: iOS Android
A popular, free service for connecting commuters, travelers going the same way, and even people who want to share a car to do errands. 17,000 commuter carpool listings nationwide, more than 1000 between Virginia and DC.
Available on: iOS Android
Parkmobile provides a new and better way to pay for parking using your smartphone. Reserve a spot with the Parkmobile app and receive notifications 15-minutes prior to your parking session expiring.
Available on: iOS Android

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Map of parking opportunities in the District overlaid with Metrorail stations
Boontrek uses social networking to match riders and drivers who have compatible itineraries. Drivers and riders log in using Facebook and post itineraries. Boontrek finds matches where itineraries overlap, and provides profiles and ratings of drivers and riders.
Commuter Connections’ RideMatching program will match you with a carpool, or you can use their online bulletin board.
The NuRide network not only helps you find someone to share the ride – you also earn rewards points toward gift cards and certificates every time you use it.
Prince William County ridematching service.
Enter your origin and destination information to see the vanpools currently operating in the area or to find commuters just like you that are interested in forming a new one.
Vanpool service offering a selection of vehicles and pricing options.
Free Web app for slugs and drivers.

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24-hour dispatch service for 16 Washington D.C. area taxi companies.
Available on: iOS
A comprehensive taxi reservation and payment application. Request a taxi on the app and get informed as soon as a ride has been assigned to you.
Available on: iOS Android
Book immediately or pre-book future trips with  Yellow Cab Company.
Available on: iOS Android
myTaxi connects riders directly with cab drivers and charges regular cab fares based on service areas.
Available on: iOS Android
Hail a taxi, ride and pay with your smartphone.
Available on: iOS Android
Via offers smarter shared rides for the price of the Metro. We have served over 6.5 million rides in New York City, and launched this summer in DC. Use code “GODCGO” for a free ride for new users.
Available on: iOS Android
With Curb, getting a great ride is faster and easier than ever. Curb connects you to over 35,000 professional, fully-insured taxi drivers in 60 cities nationwide.
Available on: iOS Android
Wherever you’re headed, count on Lyft for rides in minutes. The Lyft app matches you with local drivers at the tap of a button. Just request and go.
Available on: iOS Android
Uber connects you to an affordable ride anywhere, anytime.
Available on: iOS Android
Experience the comfort of riding in a black luxury sedan or SUV that is well maintained and inspected. Wheelz drivers are professional, fully vetted, insured and properly licensed.
Available on: iOS Android

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FREE reliable rides home for commuters who regularly (2x/week) take transit, bike, walk or pool to work. Limitations apply.

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Walk Score rates neighborhoods based on the ease of walking to shops, restaurants and other public places. The site measures the walkability of cities and neighborhoods around the U.S.
Available on: iOS Android
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