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Hey, Metro Riders! Here Are the Apps That Will Make Your Life Easier

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Need to figure out which train to take to get to your destination? Wondering why the Red Line is delayed? Can't seem to find your bus stop? There's an app for that. Five to be exact. In order to help those in Washington, D.C. who take public transit (i.e., everyone), Curbed listed anything and everything that will assist you on your underground journey. All of these apps are free, and most are able to be downloaded on both an iPhone and an Android.


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↑ 1. MetroHero

Android
Not only can this free app provide information on the current location of any train on any line, it also allows users the ability to comment on if there are any problems. Users can also learn before they board if there are any trains deviating from its schedule. Finally, WMATA's Twitter account is also tied in with this app.

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↑ 2. BusTrackDC

iPhoneAndroid
For those who primarily rely on buses to get around the city, this app is the most reliable and most recommended app to download. Planning one's trip is easier than ever with the ability to locate nearby bus stops, learn if a bus is going one's way, and even save favorite stops.

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↑ 3. DC Metro Transit

Android
At no cost, you can download this app that offers news, rail predictions, and even an interactive map of the Metro. To better plan one's trip, users can access the latest news, advisories, and system outages as well.

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↑ 4. DC Metro and Bus

iPhoneAndroid
It's no wonder why 79.4 percent of reviewers rate this app either four or five stars. This free app provides realtime predictions for every Metro station and bus stop and is even able to locate stations and bus stops nearby.

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↑ 5. Twitter

iPhoneAndroid
Twitter might seem like the obvious choice, but rather than have multiple apps on your phone, you can just have one to find out any and every issue the Metro encounters. You can follow WMATA, Metrorail Info, Metrobus Info for updates, or you can follow MetroHero if you would prefer not to download the app. The hashtag #wmata is also a great resource to know what riders are saying about the transit service. Finally, for those who prefer to vent about the service, DC Metro Sucks and Unsuck DC Metro are the two best, snarkiest choices.

[Screenshot via How Fucked is the Metro website]
↑ Honorable Mention: How Fucked is the Metro?
Pardon our French, but this website is pretty funny. While humor is subjective, it's difficult to browse through this website without smiling. While not an app, it's still worth mentioning because this resource lets you know if you can expect a "short fucking wait" on a line or if the line is simply "fucked." While simple, the website can be pretty useful as it will show you how much time you should expect on a certain line before the next train.

Is there an app we left off? Let us know in the comments.


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