A Smarter Commute? There's an App for That

Real-time Metro info will soon be available for smart phones

By Andrea Berry
|  Friday, Jul 9, 2010  |  Updated 11:46 AM EDT
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A Smarter Commute? There's an App for That

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Real-time Metro info could be coming to a smart phone near you.

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Pretty soon, Metro riders will be able to phone it in.

Metro's making changes that will eventually lead to real-time information on smart phones.

Starting August 11, Metro will release data that software developers can use to create new applications for mobile devices. Imagine a world where you can find out about arrivals, departures and disruptions -- all at the touch of your fingertips.

Sure, you can already get that information via Metro's Web site, but where's the fun in that? Besides, these changes will make that information more widely available. You could eventually see Metro schedules popping up in offices, hotels and tourist hubs, according to the Washington Examiner.

Initially, the service will be limited to Metrorail riders. Metrobus riders will have to sit tight until Metro makes that data available this fall.

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