Heading to a New Location? Before you get there, research your commute and figure out the best way to get around

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Heading to a New Location? Before you get there, research your commute and figure out the best way to get around

Cross Country TravCorps
April 06, 2017 10:28 AM (EDT)
Traveler Tips
Thanks to technology, information regarding your work commute and your quickest route options are at your fingertips 24/7. Whether you drive, ride, bike, or walk your way to work, you can take your pick of a variety of online tools and free smartphone apps to help you safely navigate your new city and get you where you need to be on-time and less stressed.


If you have already selected a neighborhood in your travel city, or are looking for a place to live and want to base your search on a host of factors including traffic details and transportation options, StreetAdvisor features a ton of reviews from actual residents in cities, streets, and neighborhoods nationwide. If walkability is important to you, WalkScore rates neighborhoods based on their proximity to stores, schools, coffee shops, and parks. You can also get a commute report and see options for getting around by car, bus, and bike. Your travel city’s website can also be helpful in answering commuter questions and providing details for public transit options. Most transit authorities have an online Plan My Route feature that will detail how to get from one place to another—including any train switches or bus transfers, which can add to commute time.

Mobile Apps for iPhones and Androids

If you are planning on driving to work, Google Maps is considered one of your best resources for navigation routes and accurate traffic estimations in real-time.


Waze is a favorite among drivers because it displays up to the minute traffic and road information. In addition to maps and directions, Waze shows you nearby gas stations and prices, and suggests immediate re-routing options when delays caused by road construction, high volume, or accidents suddenly crop up. You name it, and Waze picks up on it— in large part by harnessing real-time intel from fellow users who alert you and help you steer clear of all types of traffic snarls and road issues.


Trulia, a national mobile and online residential real estate site, has developed a commuter app unique to the geo-mapping space. Rather than tracking your commute from point A to point B, Trulia helps you visualize your route with a heat map that spots traffic congestion in real time. Think of it like a temporal map that reads the traffic landscape in the same way that a weather radar map tracks storm systems. In a single search, you can spot the congestion of an entire city and plan your day accordingly. This is a great feature when deciding if you have time to run an errand or hit the gym before or after work. It’s also a great way to determine the best way to get around when you are playing tourist on your days off. As of today, Trulia’s maps are available for drive times nationwide, with public transit calculations in some cities.


ETA tags the locations you frequent most (such as home, work, the gym, your favorite store, restaurant, or bar) and automatically calculates the length of time required to get there. If you happen to be in some random locale, tapping on your hotspot will give you driving directions in a pinch. ETA even works if you choose to walk, rather than drive. (ETA is available for $1.99 on the App Store.)


Citymapper has been called the ultimate mass transport app for getting around complex cities. This trip planner gets you anywhere you want to go as quickly as possible by stitching together a commute that combines one or more public transit options (bus, rail, cab/Uber/Lyft) as well as bike-sharing and walking. If train-travel is part of your commute, Citymapper actively tracks the lines for you, plus tells you why there’s been a delay so you can decide whether to wait it out or seek alternative routes (which the app also conveniently provides).What’s more, the app can save your frequently traveled-to destinations and consistently find ways to shave off even more time from your daily commute. Citymapper even suggests how many calories you would burn walking or biking to your destination. To date, this app is only available in certain cities, so check the link before you download.

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