The 6 hour snooze button
Identifing the train makes Alerts even more helpful
Summary: The Participate feature allows you to optionally identify the train affected. That information is then shown as part of the alert (in Recent Alerts, push notifications, and e-mails [Premium feature])
Based on your My Commute settings (Origin, Destination, Primary route), and the time of day, the app queries official schedule data provided by NJT, LIRR and MNR to show you a list of relevant choices (see screenshots below).
More Info: People generally know the station and time of their trains (but not the provider-issued train number). For example, I know the NJT 8:14 AM from Watchung Plaza to NY Penn. That train just-so-happens to be #6214. As 6214 travels toward NY, it is known as
- 8:17 AM at Walnut Street
- 8:21 AM at Bay Street
The app now figures all this out…for both the Sender and the Receiver of the Alert!
- The app dynamically adjusts the view of the alert based on the Origin of the person reading it.
Therefore, a rider from Bay Street is presented is told that the problem is with “the 8:21 AM from Bay Street to NY Penn [#6214]”.
We do our best to make the app as smart as possible for both the Sender and the Receiver. There are some nuances and exceptions (e.g., not all trains make all stops…so in that case we show the reader the Origin/Destination of the train).
Overall: We love it when our Senders identify the train when sending an alert. Some final notes:
- If you don’t see your train in the pick list, then please let us know
- Senders can write in the train number if they know it
- Senders should not put any train identify info in the body of the actual alert…because it’s now automatically/consistently added based on the official train number
Here’s another example that shows how cool this is:
Just the facts, m’am
You want to know what is happening on your line…and this feature is where you tell us about your commute.
(The Profile feature tells others about you…and the Comms and Config settings describe your app preferences)
The Clever Commute Track Predictor
|This page explains one or more of the dozens of amazing features found in Clever Commute Premium.|
|Play it safe! Please do not descend to track level until your train has been announced.|
Here is a graphical walkthough of our amazing track predictor. No other app or service provides this feature.
Additional topic: Thoughts on track predictions
|It starts with your custom departureboard.|
It's 5:49. The 6:08 is not announced yet.
Click on the History icon to see the prediction
Look at what happened next:
Your Track Prediction
Clever Commute gives you the edge
Step 1: Position yourself to beat the crowds!
Step 2: They announced your train...track 4
You could stop right here...but read on if you want to know about our more-advanced features and analytics...
|Do you like data? We do! |
Note: As you see here, past performance does not necessarily predict the future (Compare Track 2 here to the prediction table above)
|Here is the day-by-day track history.|
Hmmm....based on those numbers...would YOU predict 4? 2? 9 3? Don't worry! Our servers and algorithms keep on crunching the numbers
...right up until the official track announcement is made!
Your Clever Commute profile
In version 2.0, we overhauled what used to be the Profile page...and broke it into new components. This post explains one of them:
Think of this as the Who are you? section of the app. It is not What is your commute? Nor is it What are your app preferences?
- Switch between transit lines to see alerts on other routes
- Easily modify your primary route, start/end points
- App-based approach keeps you logged in
Eventually, we’ll expose some of that information in order to improve the experience for you and your fellow passengers.
We will not expose your name, e-mail address or zip code.
We may share
- Your nickname
- Your badge (e.g., Tourist, Commuter, or Rail Warrior)
- Your start/end stations
- How many people have marked you as a favorite
- Your bio (users have the option to leave their bio blank)
- A Commuting tip (users have the option to leave this field blank)
- A URL/website (again – this is optional)