14 Mobile Apps for Washington, D.C.

D.C. Metro Station

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Mobile Apps, web applications for an iPhone or Android, or other mobile devices, offer an easy way to access your favorite web pages when you are on the go. Here is a guide to a variety of mobile apps for navigating and enjoying the Washington, D.C. area. 

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    Capital Bikeshare DC

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    The mobile app locates and shows the status of bike stations and available bikes in Washington, D.C. Capital Bikeshare is a regional program that provides more than 1600 bikes dispersed to 180+ locations throughout Washington, D.C., and Alexandria and Arlington, Virginia.

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    The application provides real-time WMATA rail and bus information for the DC region. 'DC Metro and Bus' offers functionality such as 'next train' and 'next bus' predictions for Metro stations and bus stops, geolocation based search for nearby bus stops, Metro alerts, and the WMATA map. The application also provides a 'Favorites' folder to save your frequently used stations and bus stops.

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    The DC transit app shows alerts from Metrorail Metrobus, MARC, VRE, and DC Traffic.

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    The app features Washington, D.C. events, places to eat after 11 pm, happy hour schedules, restaurant specials, concerts, live music, and more.

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    The app finds the fastest route between any two Metro stations taking the current schedules into account and provides offline directions.

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    MetroMinder DC allows frequent riders of the Washington, D.C. Metro Rail to track trips, plan commutes, and monitor train performance. The app tracks every active passenger train running on each line in real-time and gives each train a unique trip id. MetroMinder then uses this to present information that helps riders optimize and plan their commutes.

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    Minibar lets DC residents order wine, spirits, beer, mixers and more from their phones with deliveries in under 60 minutes. Available on web, iOS, and Android, the app matches you with a vendor in your area, giving you access to its inventory and placing the order for free.  There are no delivery fees, just the tip. The minimum order is $25.

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    Make reservations at Washington, D.C.'s best restaurants. See availability and find a table that is convenient to your location from your mobile device.

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    This is an app that allows you to pay for metered parking in Washington DC. You must register with a credit card. Parkmobile is available in more than 600 cities in the United States.

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    Facade of Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Castle, Washington DC, USA

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    The app is designed to help museum-goers plan their visit and easily locate the Smithsonian’s most popular artifacts. It contains custom-built and themed tours, navigational tools, maps, and museum floor plans.

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    Capital One Arena

    Capital One Arena

    The app is available for use during hockey and basketball games at Capital One Arena via text messaging to a specified short code. The customer-friendly app provides detailed, searchable maps and locations for all concession food items and drinks, guest services, bathrooms, ATM machines, stairs, elevators, entrances, and exits. Additional features include a schedule of all upcoming games, concerts, and events, and a customer feedback section for fans to submit queries or concerns during an event.

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    Save articles to My Post to read offline, share content via Facebook, Twitter and email and customize your navigation with your favorite sections and features.

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    The DC Circulator's application for mobile devices provides up-to-the-minute bus location information.

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    Enter a Washington, D.C. address and find out about crimes in the area, from 2006 to the present.