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Kick off the week: Other ways to improve your commute

September 25th, 2016  |  Published in announcements

You know…beside using Clever Commute ūüôā

Kudos to Lifehacker for this list of the Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Daily Commute.

Do you have any other ways? Please swing by our Facebook page and leave a comment.



Kick off the week: Do you “Like” us?

September 18th, 2016  |  Published in announcements

Please remember:

  1. Our free service is largely powered by YOU…the commuter.
    So please remember to share info via our free app
  2. We have a strong “social” presence…and we’d love you to Like us on Facebook or Twitter
  3. If there is any feature you’d like added to our service, please let us know. ¬†We reply to all feedback.
–Conductor Josh

Kick off the Week: Continuing the migration to a free app-based approach

September 10th, 2016  |  Published in announcements

This is your once-a-week communique from Clever Commute HQ. 

We’ve been hinting at it for a while…but we’ll become a bit more blunt and vocal about this as the Fall progresses: if you are using the free, legacy e-mail based Clever Commute service to send OR receive messages…then it’s time to move to the FREE app.

We’re about to release a slew of new app features (yes, on top of the 2,000 fixes and enhancements we have done). But these depend on everyone moving to the app.

Got it? if you have questions…then ask. We promise a reply to every single piece of feedback.


–Conductor Josh

Getaway…and help others as we do!

September 2nd, 2016  |  Published in announcements

Let’s leave some digital¬†breadcrumbs¬†this afternoon for fellow commuters as you travel through Penn, Grand Central, Port Authority, Hoboken:
  • how long is the wait for¬†tickets? (at the¬†machines? at the windows?)
  • got any tips/tricks for buying¬†tickets¬†today?
  • how crowded is the station? How crowded are the trains? Please use real benchmarks


If YOU have any info which would help others…then please share it!

Thanks…and have a great weekend!
–Conductor Josh

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.



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.

  • 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¬†


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

1.¬†Tickets –¬†tickets..TicketsTICKETS.¬†Get¬†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 РChoose 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


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 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 28-Feb 2016
NJ Transit strike threat: Union chief ‘hopeful’ for deal 18-Feb 2016
Health insurance is sticking point in NJ Transit negotiations 17-Feb 2016
Settle contract to avoid strike, members of Congress tell NJ Transit 17-Feb 2016
Labor board decides in favor of NJ Transit workers 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):

  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)