The New York MTA (Mass Transit Authority) finally released a mobile application to track subway trains. This app is similar to the countdown clocks inside the subway stations. Unfortunately, it is only available to iOS users, which means that Android and Blackberry users will have to wait until they port it over.
Currently, the only lines utilizing this real-time train arrival technology are the and 42 St Shuttle lines. However, that still covers 156 stations where the MTA has installed countdown clocks that provide arrival estimates in minutes for upcoming trains. It is also synchronized with “Service Status” from the MTA’s website displaying planned service changes and real-time service disruptions.
MTA Chairman & CEO Joseph Lhota was quoted saying “The ability to get subway arrival time at street level is here.” Unfortunately, you cannot get internet service underground yet. It’s nice to check it walking above ground to the station, but what about when you’re transferring trains below ground?
- MTA Subway Time™
- MTA Bus Time™
- Metro-North Train Time™
- LIRR Train Time™
- MTA Bridges and Tunnels’ Travel Time
So, if you have an iPhone, iPad or iTouch, you can download the free apps from the Apple store now. Hopefully, this new subway app gets built for Android soon. Google’s operating system makes up 72% of the world’s market share.