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Friday, October 5, 2012

Here Are Some Apps to Help You Navigate This Weekend's Transitpocalypse

Posted By on Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 3:30 PM

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If you are stressing about the weekend crush of people and cars, well worry no more -- there's an app for that.

As you already know, San Francisco is playing host to nine major

city events this weekend, which means you should definitely take public


It also means you should do some smart planning. To make your social life a little bit easier this weekend, we've compiled a list of applications and websites that will help everyone get around town -- and deter road rage out there.

  • INRIX: A free app that will give you all the detailed traffic information you want, as well as traffic predictions. It can locate traffic "hot spots" to avoid and give alternate routes.

  • NextBus: A really handy website for even the newest Muni rider. You can download it onto your smartphone as a free application that uses GPS data to track buses and trains in real-time.

  • Hop Stop: You'll get door-to-door directions as well as cool options to help map your route, using multiple transit sources.

  • Routesy: This $2.99 app will help you locate the many different transit agencies in San Francisco and give riders up-to-date information on travel times.

  • Taxi Magic: Instead of trying to hail a cab in a city that is notoriously short on them, try ordering one via cell phone. This free app and companion website offers you the ability to order your cab in real time.

  • MotionX-GPS: This 99-cent app allows users to track themselves while they walk around town. It also lets users create "waypoints" so they can find their way back to their favorite part of town.

  • iBART: A stellar app that tracks BART trains in real-time and lets users see which trains stop where.

  • Google Maps: An oldie but a goodie. Type in an origin and a destination, and users get turn-by-turn directions for driving, walking, biking or the probably-very-congested public transit.

See? There's nothing to worry about.

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