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App of the Week: Dadnab

This week's App of the Week, Dadnab, provides point-to-point travel directions on any phone that offers SMS text messaging.

To use Dadnab, simply text your origin and destination, along with an optional time of departure or arrival, and in less than a minute the service will send back detailed step-by-step directions to guide your trip, including information about any transfers if needed. This app incorporates information from all MTA services, New York City subways and buses, the Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad, Staten Island Railway and Long Island Bus. The app also includes connecting bus, rail and ferry services operated by other providers, including NJ Transit, the Staten Island Ferry, and buses in the Hudson Valley, Suffolk County and Connecticut.

Every set of directions you receive is stored in your phone for reference. "I found it challenging to remember or record the transit directions I got from web-based trip planners," said Dadnab's founder Roger Cauvin. "Since phones automatically store text messages in an inbox, Dadnab users can refer back to the stop times and locations throughout the trip."

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Users can try Dadnab's text message service via the web, or can send an origin/destination pair via cell phone to (347) 497-3622. The service is free of charge, although standard text messaging rates may apply.

Dadnab was launched in 2007 and is available for nine other regions.