DC Rider is the authoritative D.C. Metro app, from The Washington Post and Express.
- The latest Metro train arrival times, for each station, direct from WMATA.
- Plan your trip, estimate fares and save your commute for easy access.
- Alerts, SafeTrack data, and closures, right in the app: never wonder about your station again.
- The latest transportation news from The Washington Post and Express.
- Tell our journalists about any Metro problems you encounter, right in the app.
Fixed a bug where the Trip Planner was stuck calculating
Ratings and Reviews
Lost a feature I loved, gained one I don't
The older version provided a google(?) map that showed where I was located and marked all the entrances to the Metro stations. I've used Metro my whole life (at least since the Vienna station opened at least--which was several decades ago now ...) and this feature showed me station entrances I never knew about! I loved it! And used it regularly--"Which exit should I take to be closest to my destination?" I could confirm! While the new version provides some really good features, despite my pointing out via the app's feedback button that the SafeTrack schedule was severely outdated, several months later it remained so. Also, the trip planner is worthless--it tells you the stations along your requested route, not when the next train is coming at a particular time--just go to wmata to get the info you actually need, not a list of stations along the way that you can easily figure out with the main map. (I'm actually insulted by this feature--we aren't idiots and most people can read a map as simple as the Metro map.) Despite these shortcomings I still rely on this app daily for my commutes due to the ease of access and accuracy of the timetables, but wish they'd add back the live location map with the stations marked and keep new features updated and accurate or get rid of them. I give it three stars for ease of access of the station time tables and their accuracy.
Buggy but useful
If you don’t mind having to press way more links than necessary, this gives you a handy list of arriving trains. However, the “work” and “home” take up most of the main screen even though they’re useless until you’re standing on the platform (since trains are running every few minutes at commute time anyway). Also, it has a bookmark feature to save your favorites, but it will only save one location (or it just hates Cleveland Park, maybe)—either way, the only way to see when trains are coming is to click “near me” and then find your station.
Useless in the actual Metro system
A previous version of the app would allow you to do trip planning and look up travel times between different stations even when offline. As in not having a cell signal. As in 90% of the time you’re in the Metro system...
For some reason they dropped offline functionality in later “updates.” So now, when you’re stuck in a tunnel somewhere or forced to offload at a foreign station and need to tell your boss exactly how late you’re going to be again (once the trains start moving) you can’t even figure out how long it takes between station X and station Y.
Travel times and travel routes among stations should be fairly static — you don’t need an Internet-required dynamic lookup each time! Please PLEASE restore offline functionality into an app whose primary use case is in an underground Metro system with little-to-no cell coverage. And no, the new spotty station Wi-Fi is not a panacea.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.