Tools for Mobile Devices
Mobile Web Tools
Mobile web tools are optimized for web-enabled mobile phones. These free tools can be accessed with the web browser of any web-enabled phone, regardless of the operating system. It's not necessary to download or install additional software.
CommuterPage.com Mobile Services
For schedules and other tools for web-enabled mobile phones and other mobile devices with web access, point your device's browser to commuterpage.com/mobile. If you have an older phone that can't display this page properly, try wap.commuterpage.com instead. Tools include:
- ART RealTime arrival predictions.
- Schedules for northern Virginia transit systems: ART, CUE, DASH, Fairfax Connector, Loudoun County Transit, Metrobus routes in northern Virginia, and VRE.
- Point-to-point schedules combining schedules for all transit systems operating between those points.
- CommuterPage.com news, events, and transit service alerts.
Metro's Mobile Services
A number of Metro's online services are optimized for your Web-enabled phone. These services include:
- Metro's Trip Planner
- Next scheduled departure for Metrorail or Metrobus service near you
- Next Metrorail train arrival times
- Next Metrobus arrival times
- Elevator/escalator outages
- Service disruptions
- System map
- SmarTrip® online account access
Mobile Applications (Apps)
Mobile apps are designed for specific mobile operating systems. Users must download and install the appropriate version of each app. Some apps are offered for free, others for a fee. Unlike mobile web tools, it's possible for apps to work without internet access. However, the apps listed here depend on an internet connection to be fully functional.
Real-time Metrorail arrival information, the same information that appears on the displays next to the Metrorail platform in each station. Set the station(s) you want to monitor in "Settings" and get arrival information just for those stations as soon as you launch the app, without having to navigate to the station you're interested in. iTunes preview.
Google Maps for Mobile
Android, iPhone/iPad, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows. (Not all features work on all phones.)
View maps and plan a trip by transit, walking, biking (or driving). Search maps for restaurants, shopping or other services. Find out more on the Google Maps for mobile page, or point your mobile browser to m.google.com/maps
Layar Reality Browser
Android, iPhone 3GS and newer (Check the Layar site for the latest compatibility information.)
Layar Reality Browser uses a combination of the phone’s camera, compass and GPS data to identify the user’s location, retrieve data about the user’s surroundings, and overlay that information over the camera view.
Data layers are available to show ART-Arlington Transit bus stop locations with ART RealTime arrival information, Capital Bikeshare locations with bike and dock availability information, and WalkArlington Walkabout points of interest.
To use these tools, download Layar at www.layar.com and then search for “Arlington” to find the ART, Capital Bikeshare, and WalkArlington data layers.
RideScout is a mobile application that aggregates ground transportation ride options to allow users to compare them in real time. RideScout integrates Google transit information, Car2Go availability, individual taxi drivers (regular taxi cab, electric cab and pedicab) and peer to peer social ride sharing. Users can search for and book rides in real time. They can also offer a social ride. RideScout site
Android, iPhone, Blackberry
Point-to-point directions using transit, biking, or walking. Choose start and end points by address or by clicking on a map. Also provides information about taxi fares, and links to restaurants, shopping, and other destinations near your route. In addition to the website, free apps are available for Android, iPhone, and Blackberry. HopStop Washington, DC
Android, iPhone, Blackberry
Free mobile app for Capital Bikeshare. Created by 8D Technologies™, the technology partner of the worldwide BIXI™ system, it’s a handy app that helps you locate Capital Bikeshare stations, and provides real-time information about available bikes and docks. Spotcycle
Taxicab & Sedan Service Apps
myTaxi offers a smartphone app to book and pay for a cab.
RideScout is a mobile app that integrates Google transit information, Car2Go availability, individual taxi drivers (regular taxi cab, electric cab and pedicab) and peer to peer social ride sharing.
Taxi Magic booking works with 85 taxi fleets in 45 cities across the United States. Use the smartphone app or book via text message or online.
Uber offers a smartphone app to book and pay for a cab or Uber's sedan service.