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Checking YOUR Version of the Clever Commute App

August 14th, 2016  |  Published in admin, App, examples

Here are the steps 

iOS

  1. Launch  App Store
  2. Tap on the Update icon tab at lower right
  3. Tap on Purchased button in the upper section the screen
  4. Scroll to find Clever Commute
    You will see the version listed right below the name/description of the app

Android

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap Applications
  3. Tap Application Manager
  4. Scroll to find Clever Commute …and click on it
    You will see the version number at the top of the screen

 

 

Release Notes for Vesion 2.1

July 15th, 2016  |  Published in admin

  • Fixed notification badge (desktop icon) for iOS
  • Fixed “Departureboard” Name when changing from one provider to another
  • Fixed Google Maps error
  • New feature – Tweets are now hashtagged with transit provider name
  • Improved admin tools for moderating inappropriate content
  • Improved RSS feeds for business partners
  • Other fixes/enhancements to support admin / monitoring

In case you need to cancel your premium membership

February 24th, 2016  |  Published in admin, App

Here are the steps

Strike? Sneak behind the paywall to unlock premium features!

February 11th, 2016  |  Published in admin, announcements, NJT

Our premium app is not yet available for sale. When it is, on “Day 1” it will give you dozens of amazing new features.

However, in support of the commuters in the event of an NJT rail strike, we have unlocked 2 premium features.
These will remain available to you for the duration of the strike:
(1) You can now see up to 3 different routes in the Recent Alerts feature of the free Clever Commute app
(2) You now see 7 hours of data in Recent Alerts

 


How to activate it #1 (#2 is automatic):

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  1. Click on the menu in the app
  2. Select Profile
  3. Add a Secondary and Tertiary route
    (see purple stars in picture)
  4. Press Update

Note 1: Don’t change your Origin and Destination.
The app itself works at the Route level…so you see info from
fellow passengers “up and down the line”

Note 2: You will only receive push notifications for your Primary route.

“It’s like Twitter for commuters, right?” Well, kind of…

January 5th, 2016  |  Published in admin, examples, ITFeatureWriteUp

People often make that comparison. In many ways, they are correct. But there is one very important difference:
Clever Commute uses a variety of technologies (keywords, semantics, patterns, user history, etc.) to review submissions before they are posted.
We do this to ensure they are both suitable and in-line with our best practices.

At it’s simplest, our rules of the road ask:   “Does this message contain….

  1. … actionable information to plan a commute?
  2. … the tone and content that you would find on traffic report?
  3. … an objective statement ?
Put another way: Would I still like Clever Commute if all the messages were like this one? 

The filters are technology-based, so all messages are subject to the same rigor. It’s not perfect…and there are indeed some false positives. We do our best to resolve those in real-time. But overall, our robots are there to help ensure quality for our commuters, and also to respect our sponsors and other business partners.

So…what does that leave us with?

Driver sees me through the snow and waits for me while I sprint from a full block away. Thanks my guardian angel

 

Correcting Payment Problems for non-PayPal users

December 5th, 2014  |  Published in admin, documentation, Inside Track, payment

If you are reading this post, then it’s likely that you signed up for Clever Commute using a credit card (and you do not have a PayPal account)
(see http://www.clevercommute.com/payments for more info)

Clever Commute uses PayPal to process all transactions (even if you do not have a PayPal account). In these situations, PayPal internally creates a Guest account to process your subscription. It all works well…unless there is a problem with your credit card (e.g., lost/stolen or expired).

When that happens, PayPal does not have a mechanism for you to update your credit card details. The good news is that by simply following the Clever Commute sign-up instructions, you can let PayPal know what card they should use going forward. When you use Clever Commute, we (and PayPal) will prompt you to pay for your subscription…and your new payment information will be linked to your existing Clever Commute account.

Correcting Payment Problems for PayPal users (business accounts)

December 5th, 2014  |  Published in admin, documentation, Inside Track, payment

If you are reading this post, then there is likely a problem with the funding source used by your business PayPal account.
(see http://www.clevercommute.com/payments for more info)

In order to get your Clever Commute account up-and-running, there are 1 or 2 steps.

(1) Ensure that you have a valid funding source for your PayPal account

  1. Go to PayPal and click on My Account
  2. Click on Profile
  3. On the ensuing page, click on My money
  4. Update Bank accounts and/or  Debit and credit cards to ensure you have suitable payment source

(2) Let PayPal know what funding source should be used for your Clever Commute account

  1. Follow steps 1-3 above to see My Money
  2. Click Update beside My preapproved payments
  3. Select the merchant whose agreement you want to change under Merchant
  4. Click on Clever Communicator, LLC
  5. Update the Funding Source to a valid payment method

Correcting Payment Problems for PayPal users (personal accounts)

December 5th, 2014  |  Published in admin, documentation, Inside Track, payment

If you are reading this post, then there is likely a problem with the funding source used by your personal PayPal account.
(see http://www.clevercommute.com/payments for more info)

In order to get your Clever Commute account up-and-running, there are 1 or 2 steps.

(1) Ensure that you have a valid funding source for your PayPal account

  1. Go to PayPal and click on the Wallet option at the top of the page.
  2. Ensure that PayPal balance, Bank accounts and Credit and debit cards are sufficient /valid to cover the cost of your subscription

(2) Let PayPal know what funding source should be used for your Clever Commute account

  1. Click on the settings (gears) icon at the top right corner of the PayPal home page
  2. Look for Payment settings on the lower right side of the page
  3. Click on Preapproved payments
  4. Click on Clever Communicator, LLC
  5. Update the Funding Source to a valid payment method

 

 

 

 

 

 

Payments – Landing Page for All Supported Payment Platforms

December 5th, 2014  |  Published in admin, documentation, Inside Track, payment

We love all of our customers. Maybe you have a PayPal account…maybe you don’t. That’s OK. But we just want you to know that (for your safety) PayPal handles all of our transactions.

  • People who DO have a PayPal account likely have one or more funding sources (e.g., credit card, bank account, PayPal balance) set up at PayPal.
  • People who DO NOT have a PayPal account – PayPal charges your card on Clever Commute’s behalf.

In both cases, PayPal will make the recurring payment…yet Clever Commute has no knowledge of the details of the underlying payment source. (we don’t know if you are a PayPal user…and we certainly do not know details such as “card used” or “card number”)

If there is a problem with your funding source (e.g. credit card is expired or otherwise invalid), PayPal makes a few attempts to collect…over several days. If PayPal ultimately fails at collecting the money, then the recurring payment goes into a “suspended” state…and the commuter loses access to The Inside Track. Needless to say , that is not good for any of us. So…how to fix it?

If you set up your payment as yourself (e.g. NOT using a PayPal business account)

If you set up your payment via a PayPal business account, then follow these steps

Proper use of “Rate this message”

March 27th, 2014  |  Published in admin, community updates

Summary:  Your ratings are key to maintaining the quality of Clever Commute user-generated messages. If you find a message unhelpful, please simply answer No to the Was this alert helpful? prompt.
Report abuse is for spam/hacks and patently offensive content.

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Toward the bottom of every user-generated message we send, you will find a section such WasThisAlertHelpful
as that shown at the right:

We provide this feature in order to:

  1. reward the helpful post-ers
  2. engage and coach the un-helpful ones
  3. identify and deal with any spam or unauthorized use of the system

So, in the context of our best practices, you have two choices: Yes and No

Use Report Abuse here:

  • A hacker/spammer is able to bypass our security and get their message sent to the community
    (it’s rare…but it happens. See next point)
  • A spam message is sent from the compromised e-mail account of an otherwise-valid Clever Commuter
    (e.g., if an unauthorized person gets access to your e-mail account…then we may not immediately know)
  • A legitimate commuter says something offensive / derogatory / insensitive, etc.

If you have additional concerns about a message you see, please feel free to let us know at feedback@clevercommute.com

Just because you don’t care for the content of a message, that does not necessarily mean that someone is abusing the system. Examples:

  • A commuter shares a good alert…but outside of traditional commuting times
  • Messages which come to you via our 3rd party feeds (e.g., Port Authority)

Final point: It may be worth your time to look at our premium product (The Inside Track). It gives you the ability to filter (block) messages based on category, sender and time-0f-day/day-of-week. (see examples here)

FYI – here are examples of recent messages which were marked as Abuse…but clearly are not.

  •  Bus Customer Alert – The PA Bus Term for Arrivals (NY-bound) is experiencing a delay due to a disabled vehicle/accident.
  • Detour thru Secaucus. Problem inbound.
  • 6:34 AM Northport to Hunters Point missed connection at Jamaica. Going to be 15 minutes late into NYP
  • 7:51 AM Millburn MTD making extra stop at Secaucus. Already delayed in swamps by a few mins.
  • 8:17 Walnut to NYP announced as picking up Secaucus passengers then rolls through when no one is on the platform