The age old mystery of 'will the next train be less crowded?' may finally be solved - in Holland. A Dutch train operator made an app to alleviate congestion on its railways.
If you loathe being enclosed in a weary mass of cramped commuters, you might appreciate Netherlands Railways's Reisplanner Xtra app. The app, as reported by Ben Schiller for Co.EXIST, combines historical ridership data with passenger feedback to provide a graphical portrayal of train car crowdedness at a given time. It helps passengers make decisions about where to board trains, improving service for everyone.
If you aren't going Dutch anytime soon, there's options such as Moovit, an app that uses peers' geolocation updates to map whether you'll be sitting or standing on your ride home. It's available for many major cities.