New York's MTA Releases Subway Time App for Commuters
The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) recently released an iOS app that will allow riders of seven different train lines to plan their trips to the minute. The whole concept and the fruition of the idea is a first for the largest subway system in the U.S. The official MTA Subway Time app uses train location data to provide iOS users with up-to-the-minute arrival times for seven of the systemís 24 lines.
According to The Wall Street Journal
, the MTA spent 11 years and over $228 million to install digital train-tracking sensors and relevant equipment required to serve up real-time location data. The iOS app taps into the system and feeds commuters with information such as arrival times. Although the service is available mostly above ground as cellular extension networks planned for underground stations have yet to be completed. Itís still pretty exciting to see the technology improving in the subway system as the majority of the subway train location sensors date back fifty years, just before the proliferation of microprocessors and digital communications.
Of the lines to get support for the new free service are lines number 1 through 6 and the 42nd street shuttle. Two additional lines are currently being worked on, including the L line between Brooklyn and Manhattanís 14th Street and the number 7 line between Queens and Midtown Manhattan. Updates for the L line are expected to be completed in six months to a year, while the 7 train line wonít be ready until at least 2016.
Based on the appís description, users will also be notified of service delays along with reroutes prior to fare payment, a useful tool for commuters who are on-the-go. As of right now, Android and Windows Phone versions of the app are in the works but unlike the iOS app, they will be built by third-parties. The agency is also providing developers with access to the sensor data feeds, allowing app makers to build real-time tracking programs with more robust features than the ones offered by the official app.
Those of you who are interested in downloading the MTA Subway Time app for iOS can do so for free through the App Store.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
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