What it does: Locates an area without Uber surge pricing.
You just left a crowded concert, and you pull up Uber to find a way home. But, then the surge strikes. Instead of paying $60 for a ride across town, use SurgeProtector. It’s an app that will help find a location near you that has a lower surge rate. The app will even direct an Uber to that spot for a cheaper ride home.
What it does: Crowdsources traffic, police cars taking radar, accidents, areas to avoid, etc.
This is an indispensable app for anyone who drives around The Beltway. Waze connects to other drivers to help commuters avoid sitting in traffic, cluing them in to a police trap, or saving minutes off of their regular commute.
What it does: Ride shares, but cheaper.
So maybe Uber and Lyft are too pricey, but you still need a rideshare option that gets you from point A to point B. Consider giving Split a try. You might not get mints and a bottle of water, but you'll get a super cheap rate. The only catch is that you might have to share the ride with a stranger heading to a nearby destination. But, you can ride confident knowing that you’re supporting a local DC startup and not the behemoth bullies.
What it does: Tells you when the next bus is showing up.
A lot of transportation nerds swear by certain apps to avoid commuting hell. For bus riders, NextBus is an essential, and it doesn’t require a download. The app can be accessed from any browser, and its responsive, mobile-friendly design makes it easy to pull up bus time arrivals across the WMATA system.
What it does: Lists times for every. single. transit option.
For an all-in-one look at DC commuting options, Transit App is useful. It connects riders with the variety of transportation options, including Metro, DC Circulator, MTA, Ride On, Arlington Transit, Fairfax Connector, and Virginia Railway Express options. There’s also a helpful feature that links you to Uber and car2go or the closest bike share.
What it does: Refills your parking meter.
DC really likes to issue out parking tickets, so avoid them at all costs with Parkmobile. This app lets you add time to the meter even when you’re not next to your car. Simply register your vehicle, locate a parking spot, and punch in the extra time to the meter’s identification number.