|Dec 29, 2012, 03:37 PM||#1|
New York MTA Introduces iOS App with Real-Time Subway Arrival Info
New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority just released a new app, MTA Subway Time, which provides accurate real-time information on subway arrivals for six of the numbered lines, including No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, plus the 42nd Street shuttle, covering 156 different stations in the city. Subway Time will allow commuters to plan trips down to the minute.
The app works with the countdown clocks that are linked to centralized computers, which have been installed in just seven of the city's 24 lines.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the system's age and the cost of upgrading has prevented it from being easily updated, though real-time coverage will roll out to other lines in the future. The first update will come in six to 12 months, when the L line is added.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and the Chicago Transit Authority also provide information for third party developers.
New York Transit officials are hoping to inspire app developers to create third party apps as well, and a free live stream of arrival time data will be given to app developers.
Transit apps have become especially important with the release of iOS 6, because Apple Maps does not provide innate transit directions. Instead, the Maps program redirects users to download relevant routing apps like New York's new Subway Time.
MTA Subway Time can currently be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]
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