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Avoid waiting around for your bus or train, plus get better directions

Avoid waiting around for your bus or train, plus get better directions
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If you use public transportation to get to work or school, you know that nagging feeling. You're always worried that you're going to miss the bus or train, then have to stand around a half-hour or more for the next one.

So, you head out extra early and stand there, in the cold, in the rain, in the dark. And you wait, and wait.

The idea behind the app Moovit is that you can spend your time on important things, instead of being constantly on the lookout for the next bus or train. If it's cold or rainy outside, why head outside for your 5:15 bus if it won't be there until 5:45?

Moovit, which has 30 million users in 60 countries, helps you for your whole commute. If you're walking or biking to the bus or a train station, it tells you how long it'll take you to get there. Once you're on the bus or train, you don't need to continually look up to see where you are; Moovit alerts you with a Get Off Notification, when you're almost there.

Here's how it works. Moovit starts by inputting a transit system's schedules. Then it tracks its users' smartphones using GPS. When you're riding and have Moovit on, you can alert other riders if your bus or train is delayed, and why it's delayed.

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