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7 Free Commute Friendly Apps That Don’t Require Data

Whether you're on a bus, a plane or a subway, you can always anticipate that connectivity may be a problem. And even if your data connection is fine, there is still the fear of exceeding your monthly data usage, on top of the always-creeping anxiety that an emergency may occur during the worst possible time—like your commute.

Luckily for us, there are a handful of apps out there that can bring some excitement to your commute, with or without a wireless connection.

Here are 7 free apps that work off the grid so that you don’t have to.

  1. Spotify / iOS, Android

With the offline tool, Spotify allows all customers with an active subscription to play all their favorite tunes, without the need of a data connection. Here’s how:

When connected to WiFi, go to your music library and click on the Download switch at the top of the page, located right under the Image result for spotifyShuffle Play tool. Make sure the switch turns completely green.

Once you’ve turned on that switch, in a matter of seconds, all of your music should now appear with a small green, downwards pointing arrow, indicating that you have successfully downloaded all of you music. Now you can listen to all your favorite artists without the hassle of needing good connectivity!

  1. CityMaps2Go & Google Maps / iOS, Android

CityMaps2Go and Google Maps are your ultimate go-to apps for any kind of map directory assistance. Even if you're offline, these two apps enable you to plan ahead. You can download all the mapsImage result for citymaps2go of cities, provinces or villages that you may need to arrive at your final destination, all at just the tap of a button.

Heading somewhere obscure? No problem. Both CityMaps2Go and Google Maps have over thousands of directories to choose from!

  1. Google Drive / iOS, Android

Itching to put those finishing touches on that memo you've been working on? Need to start brainstorming for your next presentation? Then this app is sure to make your life that much easier.

When connected to WiFi at home, select a document from your Drive, tap the ellipses in the pop-up menu, and select Available offline. Google Drive will save the changes you’ve made locally andImage result for podcasts then sync them to your cloud once you’ve regained connectivity!

  1. Podcasts (iOS)

This free app allows you to fill in those boring moments on the subway with audio from all your favorite podcasts anytime, any place. From comedic offerings to local news, drama series and everything else in between, this app offers a plethora of podcasts that will soon make your daily commute something to look forward to. Simply download all your podcast when you're connected to WiFi, and then embark on your trip, now armed with hours of non-stop entertainment.

  1. Instapaper or Pocket / iOS, AndroidImage result for pocket

If you're the kind of person who loves to stay up-to-date on all the big headlines and breaking news, Instapaper and Pocket are the perfect apps for you. When planning ahead, simply click a “bookmarklet” in your open browser, and both apps will automatically save all those juicy long reads for offline devouring.

  1. Cut The Rope / iOS, Android

After a long day at work or class, make sure to ease your mind by playing a fun, yet extremely addictive game like Cut The Rope! Brought to you by the same company that invented the iconic Image result for cut the ropeAngry Birds, Cut The Rope is a pretty perplexing puzzle game that keeps you glued to your screen with its vibrant and colorful cartoon illustrations. Try it out for yourself. You may be able to post an impressive high score!

  1. Free WiFi Finder / iOS, Android

In our ever-so-connected world, sometimes there are emergencies that really do require decent connectivity. Luckily, the Free WiFi Finder, available for both Android and iOS, will help you pinpoint the nearest hot spot during those emergency situations.

It even has service in more than 50 countries around the world! Now that’s definitely a tool you want to keep in your pocket.

 

Track Transit Arrivals With NextBus

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bruinbusTired of waiting for your bus or wondering if you missed it? Need to know if your train is delayed? If you’re a frequent transit rider, NextBus is definitely a must-have, especially when you’re on the go!

With NextBus, passengers can track real-time arrivals—including BruinBus movements—on their mobile devices via the NextBus app, a web-based service that gives transit riders access to the specific location of their bus or train and predicted arrival times.

NextBus also provides real-time information for Santa Monica Big Blue Bus and Metro bus and rail lines. The app utilizes your location to determine what routes are in your area.

Simply download the NextBus app on any iOS or Android device. Once there, NextBus will allow you to check if your ride is on schedule or delayed because of traffic, weather conditions or construction. Yes, it’s that easy! You can even set alerts so that NextBus will notify you when your bus is near, or if there’s been a delay!

For customers without smartphones, real-time BruinBus data can be accessed by texting “nbus ucla” followed by a space and the two-digit stop number to 41411, or by calling (310) 954-0017 at any time and entering the stop number.

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LADOT launches California’s first pay-by-phone transit app

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Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) announced the launch of LA Mobile, a mobile application that allows LADOT DASH and Commuter Express transit riders to pay their fares with a smartphone. The new mobile app is the first of its kind for a transit agency in California.

LA Mobile allows riders to set-up an account with a credit card and pay for fares on a per-ride or monthly basis, with a minimum purchase of 20 trips.

Occasional DASH and Commuter Express UCLA riders can now purchase their 20 rides on their phones at their convenience instead of making the trek to the Central Ticket Office to purchase a 20-trip booklet.

LA Mobile will help pave the way for additional transit agencies to integrate a pay-by-phone application into their systems.