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Posted on 10.21.14

COMMUTE: 5 Apps You Need to Download Right Now!

For all of you who have had to wait for any type of public transportation to arrive (whether it be the metro, bus, taxi…or even a bike)  this post is for YOU.  There are several apps out there that claim to be the best and most comprehensive resources for your public transportation needs, but we understand what it’s like to download $.99 of disappointment AND miss your connection.


The Shelby has taken care of all the dirty work and assembled the top list of public transportation apps for the Washington, DC Metro Area that you need to download right now.




Bus Track DC – FREE


Live in DC and ride Metro bus, rail, or the Circulator? BusTrackDC tells you when the next one arrives!




  • The app loads much quicker than NextBus. Also, it works.
  • The map is user friendly. No special bells or whistles.
  • The font size is small, allowing most bus routes to appear on the screen without having to scroll. Good if your route is flexible.
  • The app is free and open source. If you’re tech adventurous, you can alter the program yourself.


  • Uses the same system as WMATA, which is far from perfect.
  • The font size is small, allowing most bus routes to appear on the screen without having to scroll. Bad if your eyes aren’t good.

A very good replacement for NextBus. If you’re within walking distance or not exactly sure where you’re headed, use Google Maps. If you want to find out when the 42 is coming, use BusTrackDC.
It’s great that iPhone users will be able to accurately time their bus. Even so, they still might want to take the train.
BusTrackDC is available for free in the App Store.

*Review by HuffingtonPost



DC Rider – FREE


 DC Rider is an app from Express built for Metro-riding Washingtonians.



This nifty app is actually powered by Express, that morning Metro rag DC citizens enjoy reading so much. This is a fairly sick Metro app, it offers: A metro map in case you need a visualization of where you’re going, a list of stations with rolling updates of train times, a Tweets feature that shows you up-to-date twitter info of what people are saying about the Metro, a News section that gets fed with metro-related news articles, and a built-in trip planner that tells you how to get from Point A to Point B.

There was a lot of love put in this bad boy, it’s the swiss army knife of Metro Apps.
DC Rider is available for FREE here.

 *Review by InTheCapital

Uber – FREE to Download



Uber is your private driver in more than 40 countries.




  • Request a ride using the app and get picked up within minutes. On-demand service means no reservations required and no waiting in taxi lines.
  • Compare rates for different vehicles and get fare quotes in the app. Use PayPal or add a credit card to your secure account so you never need cash on hand.
  • Set your pickup location and final destination for an easy trip. Get connected to your personal driver and check the progress of your Uber at any time.
  • Sit back, relax, and go anywhere you want. We’ll email you a receipt when you arrive at your destination.

You can download the Uber app for FREE here.

*Description per Uber

Curb (fka TaxiMagic) – FREE to download



Startup based out of Washington DC – HQ in Alexandria, VA off of rte 1 to be exact.  Curb connects you to safe, reliable rides from professional drivers. Download Curb for iPhone or Android to request your ride with the tap of a button, track your driver’s arrival and pay your fare seamlessly.  60 Cities, 90 Cab Companies, 35,000 Cars.

In addition, if you live at The Shelby and are looking to work with a great startup, look no further!  Job opps HERE.  Commute is 6 minutes or 2.5 miles.



Learn more about this app and download it HERE.



BikeIt: Bikeshare Monitoring for Capital BikeShare – FREE to Download





BikeIt: Bikeshare Monitoring –  BikeIt is a bikeshare app for Washington, DC’s Capital Bikeshare system. Unlike other apps, BikeIt doesn’t just show you a map of station availability – it also displays real time demand trends for both individual stations and neighborhoods overall.
Use trends to see the likelihood of bikes or docks being available by the time you arrive at a particular station. Know in advance if you’ll need to find an alternate station.
BikeIt doesn’t stop there: the app uses trend data to forecast bike and dock availability for up to 10 minutes into the future. Now you’ll have the information to beat the crowds and find those free bikes and docks at rush hour.
BikeIt – it’s the bikeshare app with real time trends and future availability forecasts.




Capital Bikeshare puts over 2500 bicycles at your fingertips. You can choose any of the over 300 stations across Washington, D.C., Arlington and Alexandria, VA and Montgomery County, MD and return it to any station near your destination.
Check out a bike for your trip to work, Metro, run errands, go shopping, or visit friends and family. Join Capital Bikeshare for a day, 3 days, a month, a year or try our new daily key option, and have access to their fleet of bikes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The first 30 minutes of each trip are free. Each additional 30 minutes incurs an additional fee.


You can download the BikeIt App HERE and sign up for Capital BikeShare HERE.