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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 🙂

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.



Tourists, Commuters, Rail Warriors (and Admin)

September 20th, 2016  |  Published in admin

There are 4 (levels) of users of the Clever Commute app…as defined by these badges

Tourists – Newbies, probies or anyone whose ability to send messages is limited/restricted (this is quite rare)

Commuters – these are the vast majority of users.

Rail Warriors – These are trusted, elevated users with a strong history of constructive messages. You can tell it’s a Rail Warrior message by the way the area below the actual alert is peach colored. The two most-significant features of Rail Warriors are:

  1. They have the ability to send messages to multiple communities at a time.
    E.g., “All LIRR Riders”…”All NJT Midtown Direct Riders”…”All NJ Bus Riders”
  2. Their messages bypass the app’s “duplicate checker” routine.
    That is to say: even if our screening technology flags one of their messages as a possible duplicate of another one already sent, we give the Road Warrior’s message the benefit of the doubt by letting it through.

Admin – That’s me – Conductor Josh. My messages have a light blue background.

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

Taking crowdsourcing to a new level

September 5th, 2016  |  Published in admin

As you know, the information you get via our free service comes from your fellow commuters on YOUR train (or bus) route.
We are exploring new technology which would identify the issues which are reported on one line…but are of interest to all.  Examples:
  • For NJT Train Riders – “single tracking” affects all lines to NY Penn
  • For LIRR – “track changes” at NYP affect most (if not all) commuters
  • For MNR – Issues at 125th street (e.g., fire) affect all three major lines
  • For NJ Bus riders – messages about the XBL and the tunnel will be of broad interest
See what we’re getting at here?
Please use our Contact Us tool to share your thoughts and ideas: What are the specific things that you feel are of systemwide interest?
As a first step, we are looking for your feedback on what to look for. After that, we’ll use technology to actually identify it.
Clever Commute can then syndicate that info and also label it as automated cross-route shares
Thanks for your replies

Release Notes for 2.2.1

September 4th, 2016  |  Published in admin

New Features

  • Social integration – Share via Twitter and other networks
  • Overhauled snooze and Pause/Resume functinoality
  • Improved the voting (ThumbsUp/ThumbsDown) functionality
  • Give special emphasis to alerts from Clever Commute admin
  • Expand the time window for MyTrains (More choices)
  • Add a floating “compose” icon to quickly create for new alerts
  • Automated cross-route sharing


  • Fixed: The app no longer turns off checkboxes after viewing Vent and Check Ins
  • Other bug fixes and performance enhancements

Also: Other foundational work in support of future releases



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.



Release Notes – Version 2.1.8

August 21st, 2016  |  Published in App

New Functionality

  • Add the Commuter Forecast to the app


  • Remove “Update” button from Profile page (use 1-step edit)
  • Do NOT apply any filters to values captured via the Hashtag field (allow adult language 🙂 )
  • Default the values for Continent and Country at Sign-up and Profile
  • Let users know that their nickname may be publicly viewable
  • Nicknames must now be at least 6 characters
  • Crispen/Clarify the layout of Track Prediction page
  • Expand time window for MyTrains

Bug Fixes

  • Recent Alerts – Improved rendering of route name
  • Allow e-mail address which contains hyphen
  • Switch to the proper keyboard so users can easily use “@” key where needed

Checking YOUR Version of the Clever Commute App

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

Here are the steps 


  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


  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