Michelle Phipps-Evans—(202) 497-0124, (202) 671-0624
(Washington, DC)—On the heels of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s successful Transportation Hackathon and Policy Jam, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced the new rideDC Trip Planner, a mobile application to help the District’s residents and visitors navigate around the city.
The rideDC Trip Planner—which is currently available for free for iOS and Android smartphones—features a trip planner, real-time rail and bus arrivals and departures, and a map that shows transit options near users’ current locations.
“Technology is at the core of what our agency does, and it’s our hope that apps like rideDC will change the way we think about our transportation options and how we get around the District,” DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo said. “Transportation impacts every resident and visitor, and access to transportation information is especially critical for us at DDOT.”
The app’s “Plan a Trip” feature allows users to chart a course between two destinations using a variety of transit options, including the DC Circulator, Metrorail, Metrobus, Capital Bikeshare and several car-sharing services. It also contains real-time location information from DC Circulator vehicles and shows “next transit” options for DC Circulator, Metrorail and Metrobus in a table format featuring route destinations and arrival times.
The app highlights technical features such as the rideDC Trip Planner’s “Where Am I” function, which displays a map with Capital Bikeshare stations and car-share vehicles near users’ current locations. Also, Bikeshare and car-share vehicle data on the map can be updated in real time. If a Capital Bikeshare user undocks a bike or a car-share user drives a vehicle away near a RideDC Trip Planner user’s location, these changes are reflected in real time on the map.
The rideDC Trip Planner was introduced during the Transportation Hackathon and Policy Jam event, which was part of the Mayor’s month-long innoMAYtion initiative. The hackathon brought together hackers, planners, and civic experts to brainstorm ways to bring 21st century technology into the District’s transportation system and make it work better for all residents and visitors.
Please look for other innoMAYtion events taking place this month, which highlight innovative programs that create jobs, engage residents, position the District as a hub of innovative activity and open pathways to the middle class.
The rideDC Trip Planner is a public service, not a for-profit application, and does not sell users’ personal data, read users’ contacts, confidential information and calendar events or do anything else to monetize users’ personal information.