Thursday 22 February 2018

Six apps to help you survive the Luas strike


Emma Clark

Luas drivers are on strike again today, and are threatening future industrial action in the coming weeks. Here are some apps to help you survive.

Thousands of people are being impacted by the ongoing Luas strikes, and there currently isn't an end in sight to the disruption. These apps may help you survive your new commute or keep you somewhat distracted.

Dublin Bus (Android, iOS)

Get up to date info about bus timetables and stops. Many people are going to be taking the bus, so it may be wise to get an earlier bus than normal or attempt to beat the crowd by walking to a stop earlier in the route.

Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes (Android, iOS)

Rather than getting squashed on a bus or DART, why not get some 'fresh' air and exercise? The Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes app helps you get to grips with the self-service bicycle system, letting you know where to find and return bikes.

Kindle (Android, iOS, Windows Phone)

The Kindle app may keep you distracted from your new surroundings. Just don't get too engrossed in your reading material or you may miss your stop! And once normal service is resumed, you'll still be able to enjoy ebooks on the Luas. There's no better way to carry around stacks of books.

Pocket Casts (Android, iOS)

Not everyone is capable of reading on public transport - and unless you're lucky enough to grab a seat, it can be difficult to get the elbow room required to hold a phone or tablet up to read. Podcasts serve as a worthy replacement, opening up a world of discussion and education as you commute. And who knows, maybe you'll pick up something interesting to talk about around the water cooler.

Transport Tycoon (Android, iOS)

The classic simulation is available on mobile devices, if you want to keep yourself distracted in a very meta way. Do you think you could do a better job than our own planners? Put your skills to the test as you try to build up a transport network to get passengers and cargo from point A to point B. Strikes not included.

Hailo (Android, iOS)

If you absolutely have to get somewhere and don't want to rely on other modes of public transport that could be busy or delayed, Hailo is possibly the easiest way to grab a taxi. Just let the app know where you are at that point in time and a driver will signal that they're on their way to you. The best part is that you can wait indoors until your taxi arrives, which is ideal when our weather is so unpredictable. Just bear in mind that the roads may be busier as people take alternative modes of transport, so it could take longer or cost you a little more than normal.

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