Apps & Technology

​More and more, transportation-related apps and websites are helping people get around the Puget Sound region. Check out our evolving library of electronic transportation resources.

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Last updated by CYWB staff on 3/20/2017

Real-Time Transit Apps

See when your bus is coming (and whether it is early, late or on time). These apps use real-time geographic location data to let you know when to be at the bus stop so that you don't miss your ride.

onebusaway.org  

OneBusAway
Produced by: A consortium of universities, transit agencies, companies and developers
Platform(s): Mobile app, web
Pricing: Free

OneBusAway is a popular app that provides real-time arrival information for transit agencies in the Puget Sound region. It provides a map view of all transit stops. Tap on a stop to see which buses stop there, when any bus will arrive and when buses will arrive at the other stops on the route.

transitapp.com  

Transit • Real-Time App for Bus, Subway & Metro
Produced by: Transit App, Inc.
Platform(s): Mobile app
Pricing: Free       
 
Transit provides trip planning with easily comparable route options and real-time bus location information. The app includes information on ride hailing (such as Uber and Lyft), carshare (Car2Go only) and Pronto bikeshare options, in addition to local transit agencies. (Currently, Car2Go and Pronto bikeshare are available only in Seattle.) Transit also provides step-by-step navigation, including alerts to pick up the pace if you're in danger of missing your bus!

metro.kingcounty.gov  

Puget Sound Trip Planner
Produced by: King County Metro
Platform(s): Mobile app
Pricing: Free       
 
Provides route and schedule information with map views, as well as real-time bus location information. The app gives step-by-step instructions for using transit to get from your trip’s start location to its end.



City Mapper

Produced by: City Mapper
Platform(s): Web, Mobile app, Apple Watch
Pricing: Free      

Citymapper provides real-time transportation arrival times, trip planning, and maps to help you get from A to B by transit, foot, bicycle, or ride hailing. It can save trip information for quick reference and has a “meet me” feature to make sharing directions easy. The app also tracks calories burned, trees preserved, and money saved.

Trip Planners

Enter origin and destination to have the planner map out a route. These tools use published transit schedules and maps to help you plan your ride or walk.

metro.kingcounty.gov  

King County Metro Trip Planner
Produced by: King County Metro
Platform(s): Web
 
Enter your origin, destination and arrival or departure time – the planner will provide you with step-by-step route directions for riding transit and includes a map. The tool will tell you where to get on and off the bus, as well as time and distance for walking to and from transit stops.

www.soundtransit.org  

Sound TransitTrip Planner
Produced by: Sound Transit
Platform(s): Web
Pricing: Free
 
Enter your origin, destination and arrival or departure time – the planner will provide you with step-by-step route directions for riding transit and includes a map. The tool will tell you where to get on and off the bus, as well as time and distance for walking to and from transit stops.

www.google.com  

Google Maps
Produced by: Google
Platform(s): Mobile app, web
Pricing: Free
 
Using Google Maps’s directions function with the transit tab selected gives step-by-step route directions for riding public transit. The app will tell you where to get on and off the bus, as well as time and distance for walking to and from transit stops. Google Maps can also help you easily measure the distance of a route (which can be helpful when planning a walking or biking route).

bing.com  

Bing Maps
Produced by: Microsoft
Platform(s): Mobile app, web
Pricing: Free
 
Using Bing Maps’s directions function with the transit tab selected gives step-by-step route directions for taking public transit. The app will tell you where to get on and where to get off the bus. Bing Maps can also help you easily measure the distance of a route (which can be helpful when planning a walking or biking route).

wego.here.com  

HERE WeGo
Produced by: HERE
Platform(s): Mobile app, web
Pricing: Free
 
Here Maps provide driving, walking, bicycle or transit directions. The app also has a feature to download maps to be available for use offline.

www.waze.com  

Waze
Produced by: Waze
Platform(s): Mobile app, web
Pricing: Free
 
Waze shows real-time traffic information to help drivers find the fastest route. It can help your carpool or vanpool be as efficient as possible.

www.roadify.com  

Roadify
Produced by: Roadify Transit
Platform(s): Mobile app
Pricing: Free
 
Roadify creates step-by-step directions to use transit. It includes live service advisories and tweets and comments from other riders.

Traditional Ridematching

Use the regional network to form or join carpool and vanpool groups online

CYWB-RSO.pngChoose Your Way Bellevue Portal to RideshareOnline.com
Produced by: InteractSoft/SmartRideshare, in contract with Washington State Department of Transportation

Platforms: Web
Pricing: Free


 

Users create a profile to match with other commuters to form carpools or vanpools. This tool uses the regional RideshareOnline network. Access the network here. (See here for a step-by-step guide to find carpool or vanpool groups.)

Note: Users may access their accounts directly through www.rideshareonline.com for the same functionality.

ChooseYourWaySchoolPool.pngBellevue SchoolPool (Portal to RideshareOnline.com)
Produced by: InteractSoft/SmartRideshare, in contract with Washington State Department of Transportation
Platforms: Web
Pricing: Free

Parents create a profile to match with other families at their schools to help students get to or from school. Reduce congestion and make the morning easier by forming carpool, walking or biking groups.  

Bellevue SchoolPool is a pilot program at eight participating schools. Learn more at BellevueSchoolPool.org.

Note: Users may access their accounts directly through www.RideshareOnline.com for the same functionality.

On-Demand Ridematching

Find carpool mates on a trip-by-trip basis. (Riders pay a share of the cost through the app.)

UberPOOL
Produced by: Uber
Platforms: Mobile app
Pricing: Paid (per ride)

Choose the UberPOOL option using the Uber app to share the ride with other riders and split the cost. (This generally shaves a couple bucks off each ride.) You still save money if no carpool matches are available. The trip may meander slightly to accommodate each rider.

Lyft Line
Produced by: Lyft
Platforms: Mobile app
Pricing: Paid (per ride)

Share a Lyft ride with other riders to split the cost (accessed through the regular Lyft app). You still save money if no carpool matches are available. The trip may meander slightly to accommodate each rider.

iCarpool
Produced by: iCarpool
Platforms: Mobile app
Pricing: Paid (per ride)

Create an account to make carpool ride matches on the fly. Drivers are fellow commuters who happen to be travelling the same direction and who have empty space in their vehicles. The cost of the trip is calculated by distance and split across the carpool group through the app.

Scoop (Coming to Bellevue soon!)
Produced by: Scoop
Platforms: Mobile app
Pricing: Paid (per ride)/Reimbursed (per drive)

Use Scoop to match with fellow commuters in your neighborhood for morning and evening commute trips. Users split the cost of the trip through the app, with riders paying a small fee and drivers receiving a small reimbursement based on distance. Unlike traditional carpool matching, each trip is scheduled separately, so departure times are flexible and there is no need to commit to a regular schedule.

Note: Scoop is currently available only in the San Francisco Bay Area, but it has plans to expand to Seattle and Bellevue soon.

Carsharing

Join as a member to have a shared fleet of cars available for your personal use.

 

    Zipcar
   Produced by: Zipcar
   Platform(s): Mobile app, web
   Pricing: Paid (membership)

Zipcar provides members access to a fleet of cars available for hourly use at a modest rate. Reserve a car for daytime access, making it easy to get around without bringing a personal vehicle into the city. You can reserve a car by the hour or by the day.

Generally, cars must be picked up and dropped off at a specific location. A limited number of cars are available for one-way trips to Seattle. Zipcar also offers memberships for businesses. Within Bellevue, Zipcars can only be picked up at certain downtown locations.

Learn more at the Choose Your Way Bellevue Carsharing page and Zipcar’s FAQs.

Note: On-demand, pay-by-the minute carshare service (such as Car2go and ReachNow) is not currently available in Bellevue.

Ride Hailing

Use technology to summon a ride for hire.

Uber
Produced by: Uber
Platforms: Mobile app
Pricing: Paid (per ride)

Creating an Uber account allows you to hail a ride through the app for a one-way trip. Fares are variable based on distance and demand (i.e. a trip may be more expensive at busy times of day or night) and are paid through the app.

Lyft
Produced by: Lyft
Platforms: Mobile app
Pricing: Paid (per ride)


Creating a Lyft account allows you to hail a ride through the app for a one-way trip. Fares are variable based on distance and demand (i.e. a trip may be more expensive at busy times of day or night) and are paid through the app.

Flywheel
Produced by: Flywheel
Platforms: Mobile app
Pricing: Paid (taxi fares)

Use the Flywheel app to hail the nearest traditional taxi. The taxi fare gets paid automatically through the app.

asterRide
Produced by: asterRide
Platforms: Mobile app
Pricing: Paid (per ride)

asterRIDE allows you to hail a ride through the app for a one-way trip. Fares are paid through the app. asterRIDE focuses on luxury and business travel, including limousines. The app also allows you to track a ride’s progress (if, for example, you have arranged a ride for your kids and want to see where they are at a given time).

Mobility Resources

Find a Ride
Produced by: Hopelink
Platforms: Web
Pricing: Free


Database of transportation services in the Puget Sound area. Options include services for people with all types of mobility needs, including transit, special needs transportation and community shuttles.

Vets-go
Produced by: Hopelink
Platforms: Web
Pricing: Free

Vets-go is a database of transportation services for veterans, service members and their families. Includes options for people with all types of mobility needs.

Bicycle Apps

Plan your routes, track your rides, and meet (or compete) with bicyclists in the area. You can also help the city improve services for bicyclists!

Strava
Produced by: Strava
Platforms: Mobile app, web (also supports other peripherals like Garmin)
Pricing: Free

Styled as a “social network for athletes,” Strava is a tool to track your bike rides and runs. The app tracks your activity and uploads it to your account, so you can see your progress and compete with others in your area. You can also search for other members’ routes in your area. Check out Cascade Bicycle Club's Strava group to test your mettle against area cyclists.

MapMyFitness
Produced by: MapMyFitness (part of Under Armour)

Platforms: Mobile app, web
Pricing: Free (with advertisements)/Paid subscription (ad free)

MapMyFitness produces multiple apps, including MapMyFitness, MapMyWalk, MapMyRun, MapMyDogWalk and MapMyRide. These apps use GPS to track, save and share routes. They also contain functionality to track nutrition and fitness metrics. Take a look at Bellevue cycling routes that members have shared.

RideWithGPS
Produced by: RideWithGPS
Platforms: Mobile app, web
Pricing: Free/Paid subscription (some additional services)

RideWithGPS provides highly accurate GPS ride tracking, as well as support for peripherals to track heart rate and other biometric indicators. The app also includes tools to plan and share routes.

BikeWise
Produced by: Bike Index
Platforms: Web
Pricing: Free

BikeWise allows users to report bike issues like hazards, thefts and infrastructure issues. The data is shared with other users, researchers and relevant agencies to improve bicycle experience.

CycleTracks - Puget Sound Region
Produced by: Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC), University of Washington, and San Francisco County Transportation Authority
Platforms: Mobile app
Pricing: Free

CycleTracks was developed to help understand and plan for the needs of cyclists. The app uses GPS to map bike routes, and the aggregate data of Puget Sound bicycle riders will help planners understand regional bike traffic.

Note: the app was originally developed in San Francisco, so the download page contains San Francisco County Transportation Authority references. The app also works in the Puget Sound area and helps researchers here.

Vanpooling

Vanpooler
Produced by: Angela Zhang
Platforms: Mobile app
Pricing: Free

Vanpooler helps users join a vanpool and ease administration of day-to-day vanpool operations. The app allows van members to indicate which days they will be riding, communicate whether they are running a few minutes late and/or whether the van will leave early, provide seat reservations to prevent overbooking and run ridership reports.

Other

MyBellevue
Produced by: PublicStuff, in a contract with City of Bellevue

Platforms: Mobile app
Pricing: Free

Help the city serve you better by reporting issues and requesting services through this convenient mobile app.

Mapnificent
Produced by: Stephen Wehrmeyer
Platforms: Web

Pricing: Free

Place a marker on the map to see how far transit can take you in a certain length of time. For exampe, place the marker on Bellevue Transit Center and set the slider to see how much of the map is within a 15 minutes bus ride!