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Best transportation apps that every traveler needs to download

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When you’re in a foreign country or state you don’t know well, it can be difficult to know where to go, how, and when. It’s all too easy to get lost and overwhelmed in a new city, but fortunately, there are some apps that can help. As well as innovative general traveling apps like SitOrSquat and Detour, some handy transport applications can make your trip much more manageable.

Citymapper

Arguably the best app for getting around, Citymapper has it all. The app features a map of your surroundings where you can view traffic updates, road closures, and routes. It can give you directions for cycling and walking, as well as giving you live updates on public transport, so you’ll know when your bus is running late. The app also shows you the suggested mode of transportation for getting around, so you’ll have pre-warning that your journey isn’t going to be fun if you’re walking a route that they suggest you get a train for.

AirHelp

Though this app doesn’t help you get around, per se, it can come in handy when you’re traveling. If your flight is severely delayed, canceled, or something else goes wrong, AirHelp has the solution. Simply input your flight and ticket details into the app, and it will automatically file a compensation claim for you. If your application is successful, your payment will be transferred straight into your bank account.

Uber

If you get stuck in an unknown city, with no idea of how to get back to your hotel, then Uber could be your lifesaver. It automatically finds your location and lets you know exactly how much and how long your taxi will be. You then pay on the app, meaning you can get out at your destination without having to worry about having the right change.

Mobile Passport

Valid in three cruise ports and 26 airports across the United States, Mobile Passport allows you to avoid the majority of customs and passport control. You set up a profile on the app, fill in your passport details – or scan it for it to fill it in itself – and input your trip details. When you reach your port of entry, the app will show you a barcode, where you skip most of customs and get it scanned, which gives them all the information they need, and you’re free to be on your way. What a genius invention!

Skyscanner

This app lets you book flights, hotels, and car rentals, no matter where you are. You can even get tailored notifications when deals arise. It also offers flight tracking, so you know exactly when your flight is expected to arrive and depart. You can even share an itinerary with other members of your party on the app.

Any application which can make our lives easier on our travels is worth it, especially if it’s free! These apps are among many which can help you out if you’re in need of directions or transport, as well as making your life generally easier and more convenient.

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Newlyweds Among 20 Killed in Most Deadly U.S. Transportation Accident in 9 Years: Reports

Authorities are shedding some light on the deadly limousine crash that occurred in Upstate New York on Saturday, resulting in 20 deaths.

The National Transportation Safety Board, which is conducting a separate investigation into the crash in Schoharie, said this has been the “most deadly transportation accident” in the U.S. since February 2009, when 50 people lost their lives during the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 in Buffalo.

On Sunday afternoon, the New York State Police held a press conference where they confirmed that “18 of the victims were in the limousine, including the driver,” and that “two pedestrians standing nearby were also struck and killed.” All of the victims were adults.

Lester Andrews, who lives nearby in Rochester, told the New York Times that two of his stepsons, Axel Steenburg, 29, and Rich Steenburg, 34, as well as Rich’s wife Amy, were riding in the limousine at the time of the crash. While he said that Amy and Rich, who were married in June, had rented the limousine, he was not certain why they had done so.

“They rented the limo with some families and I don’t know exactly what they were doing,” Andrews told the newspaper. “There’s just a lot of confusion, so many people died.”

Rich is survived by a 10-year-old daughter, a 14-year-old stepson and his wife, who wasn’t in the vehicle on Saturday because she wasn’t feeling well, a relative told the Times.

Local reports claimed a wedding party was inside the limousine at the time of the crash, the New York Times previously reported, but the aunt of one of the limo victims told the Associated Press that the vehicle was en route to a birthday celebration.

“Our lives have been changed forever,” said Valerie Abeling, whose daughter was invited but unable to attend the party.

Abeling also told the AP that two of the victims were newlyweds Erin Vertucci, 34, and Shane McGowan, 30.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement on Sunday, sharing that his “heart breaks for the 20 people who lost their lives.

“State police are working with federal and local authorities to investigate the crash, and I have directed State agencies to provide every resource necessary to aid in this investigation and determine what led to this tragedy,” he wrote. “I join all New Yorkers in mourning these deaths and share in the unspeakable sorrow experienced by their families and loved ones during this extremely difficult time.”

Additionally, the New York State Police have created a phone line dedicated to assisting family members of the crash victims. Family members are encouraged to call 1-877-672-4911.

The crash, which involved two vehicles, occurred at approximately 1:55 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, according to police. Their preliminary investigation revealed that the accident occurred at the intersection of State Route 30 and State Route 30A.

All of the passengers inside the limousine had been killed in the crash, authorities stated later in the conference.

Though police said they were in the early stages of an investigation, authorities determined that the incident occurred after the limousine, a 2011 Ford Excursion, “failed to stop at the intersection of State Route 30A.” The limousine then “traveled across the intersection into a parking lot and struck a 2015 Toyota Highlander that was unoccupied and parked.”

The Highlander then struck and killed two pedestrians.

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The New York State Police went on to state that the scene of the crash has been cleared “and the victims have been transported to Albany Medical Center where autopsies are now being conducted.”

While the police will not be releasing any information about the victims until all of the families have been notified, they did confirm that the license plate on the limousine was from the state of New York. All other information, such as where the limousine was coming from and where it was headed to, have yet to be announced.

Jessica Kirby, the manager of the Apple Barrel Country Store, told the Times that the crash occurred in the parking lot of the store, where multiple pedestrians were struck.

“That limo was coming down that hill probably over 60 miles per hour,” she told the newspaper.

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Addressing the crash in an emotional Facebook post on Saturday, the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe wrote, “As you may be aware, there was a horrific accident in front of our business today.”

“First, we want to thank all of the emergency services that responded. We are so thankful for all of you,” the store wrote, adding that they “will be open for business” on Sunday. Encouraging patrons to come by on Sunday, the store added, “we hope you will come and share your smiles, love, friendship and hugs with us.”

In response to the message, a woman commented that her family was “affected by three of the deaths” in the crash.


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