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Kick off the week (“Best of” / “Worst of”)

August 28th, 2016  |  Published in announcements

Two points to note as we go into the week of 29-August, 2016

  1. It’s really important that you stay up-to-date with the latest (best) version of the free Clever Commute app.
    That is version 2.1.8.
    See what version you are running
    See what we changed in this version
  2. So…who REALLY has the worst commute?
    By one measure, there actually is an answer. Come to our Facebook page to see who has this dubious honor.

 

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Support students and participate in a commuter survey

June 17th, 2016  |  Published in announcements

A group of MBA students at the University of Connecticut are developing a
marketing plan for Metro-North Railroad as part of a class project, and are seeking input from Metro-North commuters.
Please take a few minutes to complete the survey by clicking the link below.
Your input is greatly appreciated. 

https://uconn.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b2U7vEvuC2zCqZ7

  • Clever Commute shares this as a courtesy…for the commuting community.
  • The survey is for academic purposes only.
  • This initiative and Clever Commute are not affiliated with Metro North or any transit provider

Getaway Day Advice for Memorial Day Weekend 2016

May 22nd, 2016  |  Published in announcements

As a service to commuters, we provide this getaway advice for those who are exiting NYC (via public transit) for the Memorial Day holiday. Read on for: 

  1. A look back at 2015: “What happened on the Friday evening before Memorial Day Weekend last year?
  2. Clever Commute’s “FIVE T’s” – the key to a stress-free commute on get-away day.

(1) What happened on the Friday before Memorial Day last year?

Commuter Trains Summary 

  • As usual, train riders from Grand Central had an easier “go” of things versus NY Penn Station riders
  • NY Penn Station riders reported crowds as early as 1:30 PM
  • Peak exodus from NYC was in the 2-3:30 PM window
  • People definitely left NYC early…and by 5:30 PM, they generally reported fairly normal conditions 
  • Some trains were delayed in the 6:00 PM hour 

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(2) Clever Commute’s “FIVE T’s” – the key to a stress-free commute on get-away day:

1. Tickets – tickets..TicketsTICKETSGet them early!
If you or your traveling companion will need a ticket, get it BEFORE Wednesday afternoon.
Lines are loooooong on get-away days.
HINT: NJ Transit now has an app for tickets. So does NY Waterway! See your app store for details. 

2. Timing is crucial
We expect this year’s commuting pattern to be similar last. So please see the re-cap above. 

3. Timetables and Schedule changes 
Visit your transit provider’s web site for up-to-date schedule…including information about (extra) getaway day service

4. Terminal – Choose wisely
If it is at all within your control, avoid NY Penn Station.

  • NJT riders should consider Hoboken and/or Newark Penn
  • LIRR riders:  try Atlantic Terminal

5. Other Tips: 

  • Dress in layers – the terminal or the trains can be warm
  • Bring water/snacks – save time…save money. Plan ahead.
  • “Baggage strategy” matters – There is going to be lots of luggage around on Friday. Pick/Pack your bad early and lightly! 
  • Make your plan now…Do NOT wait until Friday morning to start thinking about this.

Have a great holiday!

Clever Commute’s “NJ Transit Strike” Command Center

February 19th, 2016  |  Published in announcements, NJT

Welcome! Clever Commute is the #1 source of information about mass-transit commuting.
We are an on-line service, offering

Resources

News articles curated by Clever Commute

Title Source Date
Clever Commute Facebook Page Many Ongoing
 NJ Transit Strike Survival Guide WSJ  10-Mar 2016
8 Things You Need To Know about Possible NJT Strike NJ.com 10-Mar 2016
[Map] N.J. Transit Plans Park-and-Ride Locations NY Times 6-Mar 2016
NJT Offers Contingency Plan In Case Of Massive Rail Worker Strike Gothamist 3-Mar 2016
Possible NJ Transit strike nears, 33 years after last one  NJ.com 28-Feb 2016
NJ Transit strike threat: Union chief ‘hopeful’ for deal app.com 18-Feb 2016
Health insurance is sticking point in NJ Transit negotiations   NJ.com 17-Feb 2016
Settle contract to avoid strike, members of Congress tell NJ Transit NJ.com 17-Feb 2016
Labor board decides in favor of NJ Transit workers NorthJersey.com 11-Jan 2016

 

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.

Feature write-up: Check-in/Share Location

January 26th, 2016  |  Published in announcements, App, ITFeatureWriteUp

 

The check-in feature lets commuters share their train’s/bus’ location with the Clever Commute network.
Any active user can send a Check-in (steps below).
However, viewing these messages is done exclusively via the app…and is Opt-In only.
Check-ins are not sent out as mails, texts, or push notifications.

 

To Send a Check-In To View Check-Ins
  1. Open our free app
  2. Select Send An Alert
  3. Set the The Issue to
    Check-In/Share location
    – Other fields are defaulted or derived
    – The geolocation and timestamp are captured
  4. Press Send
  1. Open our free app
  2. Select Recent Alerts
  3. At the top of the page, select the box  for Check-Ins
  4. When you click on the location pin, you will see the location of that alert
    (see pictures below)

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Why we say “Please do not share track numbers”

January 21st, 2016  |  Published in announcements, Inside Track

The short answer:

  • you’d get messages about trains you don’t ride
    and
  • you’d lots of duplicate messages

Read on…

Between Hoboken and NY Penn (or for LIRR people: Atlantic and NY Penn)….there are many trains leaving the terminal each night. However, Clever Commute communities are by route…and not by terminal.
Therefore, if people started posting track numbers for every train, two things would happen

  1. you would messages about all trains…all night long
  2. you would get messages about trains at both stations

The result?

  • messages you can NOT use (e.g., not your train)
  • confusion about which terminal?
  • duplicates messages

In that vein, with tens of thousands of commuters in our network, it quickly becomes untenable when people ask questions such as

Did the 5:58 leave yet?
-or-
What track is the 6:08 on?

Therefore, our technology will automatically suppress ask messages such as those…in order to avoid a mail storm

I don’t mean to be sales-y…but we do indeed offer an automated track-number delivery service (text, e-mail or both)…for only the trains you ride.
Remember: Once the track number has been delivered to your phone, you have that info even after it’s been removed from the departure board.
We also have technology which predicts your track number. See it all here: clevercommute.com/landing

 

NJ Transit Workarounds

January 19th, 2016  |  Published in announcements, NJT, PATH

In the event of an NJ Transit strike, we have crowdsourced these alternative ways to get to/from NYC. Please continue to share via the Contact feature of our web site or via our Facebook page.

Please visit the Clever Commute NJT Strike Command Center for more resources.

These are options above and beyond NJT’s contingency plan.

By train line

 

Northeast Corridor Line

  • NJT Bus – 108, 112, 115 and 129 bus routes

North Jersey Coast Line

  • NJT Bus – 116 and 133/135 bus routes

Gladstone-Morristown Line

Montclair-Boonton Line

Main-Bergen County Line

Pascack Valley Line

Raritan Valley Line

  • NJT Bus – 113 and 114X bus routes

Port Jervis Line

Getaway Day Advice: Thanksgiving, 2015

November 22nd, 2015  |  Published in announcements, Inside Track

As a service to commuters, we provide this getaway advice for those who are exiting NYC (via public transit) for the Thanksgiving holiday. Read on for: 

  1. A look back at 2014: “What happened on the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving last year?
  2. Clever Commute’s “FIVE T’s” – the key to a stress-free commute on get-away day.

(1) What happened on the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving last year?

Commuter Trains Summary 

  • As usual, train riders from Grand Central had an easier “go” of things versus NY Penn Station riders
  • NY Penn Station riders reported crowds as early as 12:25 PM
  • Trains were most crowded between 3:00 and 4:00 PM 

Bus Summary – A few PABT departure delays in the 4:00 hour…but overall, a surprisingly good commute. 

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(2) Clever Commute’s “FIVE T’s” – the key to a stress-free commute on get-away Wednesday for Thanksgiving, 2015:

1. Tickets – tickets..TicketsTICKETSGet them early!
If you or your traveling companion will need a ticket, get it BEFORE Wednesday afternoon. Lines are loooooong on get-away days.
HINT: NJ Transit now has an app for tickets. So does NY Waterway! See your app store for details. 

2. Timing is crucial
We expect this year’s commuting pattern to be similar last. So please see the re-cap above. 

3. Timetables and Schedule changes 
Visit your transit provider’s web site for up-to-date schedule schedules….including information about (extra) getaway day service

4. Terminal – Choose wisely
If it is at all within your control, avoid NY Penn Station.

  • NJT riders should consider Hoboken and/or Newark Penn
  • LIRR riders:  try Atlantic Terminal

5. Other Tips: 

  • Dress in layers – the terminal or the trains can be warm
  • Bring water/snacks – save time…save money. Plan ahead.
  • “Baggage strategy” matters – There is going to be lots of luggage around on Wednesday. Pick/Pack your bad early and lightly! 
  • Make your plan now…Do NOT wait until Wednesday  morning to start thinking about this.

Have a great holiday!

Gridlock Alert Days 2015

November 21st, 2015  |  Published in announcements

According to the NYC Department of Transportation

Each year during the holiday season, the Department of Transportation designates Gridlock Alert Days as some of the busiest traffic days of the year. Whether you are traveling to work, for shopping or recreation, please take public transportation whenever possible.
The Gridlock Alert Days for this holiday season are:

  • Friday, November 20
  • Wednesday, November 25
  • Wednesday, December 2
  • Friday, December 4
  • Friday, December 11
  • Wednesday, December 16
  • Thursday, December 17
  • Friday, December 18
  • Wednesday, December 23