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Good opportunity to shout out to MetroHero which might have saved you the trouble. It's way better than the crappy 3 train electronic display that shows DLY with no other info. It'll give estimates of how far away a train is instead of DLY as well as how long it's been holding. And it shows all trains down the line so you can see if there's any other trains coming.
Give this new metro app a try if you have delays:
Great for visualizing where the nearest trains are, and report on delays at your stations. Crowd sourced metro info!
*full disclaimer, the app author posted last night and I've only looked at this once so far. But it's a good chance to test it out, and works better when more people are adding info.
Yup, that's exactly what we're using! It's a pretty fantastic library as long as you're willing to commit to using (mostly) only its components. We chose it for MetroHero because we started on Android, love React, and wanted to bring a consistent experience to all our users, regardless of platform.
Excellent! Thanks for bringing this to our attention though. We'll see what we can do about adding support for older versions of Android's native browser--as input, not criticism. :D
In the meantime, feel free to try our native Android app. It doesn't have this real-time map feature yet, but has pretty much everything else available on dcmetrohero.com in a faster interface.
dcmetrohero.com is optimized for mobile devices as much as we know how, but if you've got an Android device, we'd recommend downloading our native Android app--though at the moment, it does not include the real-time map featured in this post, just our individual line maps. Give it a try on your device and let us know if you have any issues!
Here is the app for Android, not sure on iOS. I found the OL relatively enjoyable in the places I could access with it. I'm from Philly where subway access is really limited in terms of the places it'll take you. In general though, they need more tunnels. Single tracking doesn't work. Multiple tunnels allows systems to "pass" broken down trains or cracked rails, and maintain higher throughput by using Express and non-Express trains simultaneously. WMATA could use a dose of Express services too I think. Not sure on buses, never took them but have heard good things. The thing to consider with buses is if there is a Metro delay, the buses will get packed with people routing around the delay anyway, so I believe you may still see impacts there but I'm sure someone else can comment to that.
dcmetrohero.com is actually designed for mobile, so you can add it to your Android/iOS homescreen and everything, but if you're referring to our native Android app, then yes, we're going to be looking into making this map available on that platform as well. We'll need to do a lot of performance testing to make sure it works well enough first though; we've never been a fan of apps that just wrap a mobile website and call it a day.