New York MTA launches app for Big Apple subway riders with real-time information
While the app is only for iOS users,The New York MTA had been hoping to offer the same app for the Android and Windows platforms, but is now trying to spur third party developers to produce those versions of the app by giving them the data stream needed to develop the software. Since Apple Maps doesn't provide transit directions, the app is important for iOS users in the Big Apple.
Other areas of the country have similar apps available. California's Bay Area Rapid Transit System, or BART, released a web based mobile app and in 2007, BART released open format transit data that third party code jocks used to write their own apps. Meanwhile, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and the Chicago Transit Authority (the original name for the rock group Chicago, by the way) also support third party developers with real-time information.
MTA Subway Time is a free app available from the App Store.
source: AppStore via WSJ
1. techguy22 (Posts: 226; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
wouldve mattered to me if it was on google play.
2. JC557 (Posts: 677; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Honestly this app is kind of limited in comparison to the default info I get from Google Maps on Android. Just zoom into an area, locate bus/ subway stop and it'll give approx arrival times. In my experience it's pretty accurate, especially for bus departures before reaching the subway terminus.