MTA Releases iOS App To Track NYC Subway

By Johnny Wills email: j.wills@mobilenapps.com | Dec 31, 2012 12:39 PM EST

Share This Story

  • Print
  • Email

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) recently released its Subway Time iOS app for New York straphangers, which will give street level information of NYC's popular subways.

MTA's Subway Time app was released on Dec. 28 and delivers details on seven lines to iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices. The app displays train arrival time for 156 station on 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 subway lines and S 42nd Street Shuttle line.

Follow us

MTA Subway Time app is available for downloads on the App Store. MTA is also offering the same service via its Web app.

"This is what generations of dreamers and futurists have waited for. The ability to get subway arrival time at street level is here. The days of rushing to a subway station only to find yourself waiting motionless in a state of uncertainty are coming to an end. Now, you can know from the comfort of your home or office whether to hasten to the station, or grab a cup of coffee as part of a leisurely walk," MTA CEO Joseph Lhota said in a statement.

Synchronized with the Web app, MTA Subway Time also displays service changes and real-time service interruptions. MTA Subway Time app can handle 5,000 requests per second. The data comes from a feed that is ready to be used by third-party app developers and MTA commits to open data.

MTA Subway Time is a beta version app and the interface is basic. It lists per minute arrival time by stop on limited stations. Additionally, the MTA Subway Time app also lacks basic features like location-based features, such as station maps and directions.

Due to lack of search functionality, users have to choose a line and scroll down the list to find the stop. However, for an app in test phase, few compromises are acceptable. According to user reviews on the App Store, it is sluggish and not optimized for iPhone 5's Retina display.

Per The Wall Street Journal, the real-time train location data comes from new sensors that MTA installed along the first set of lines, costing more than $228 million, over the past 11 years. The remaining two-third of the system will take years to cover and the project will not be complete before 2016.

Get the Most Popular Mobile&Apps Stories in a Weekly Newsletter

© 2014 Mobile & Apps All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Featured Video : Intel Pocket Avatars

Join Our Conversation

Smartphones
Lenovo Nexus 6 concept integrating Motorola techMotorola Google Nexus 6 claims bolstered, to launch once Moto is fully under Lenovo
Cortana vs. Siri: Microsoft takes on Apple’s popular assistant in latest ad (VIDEO)
Tizen-powered Samsung Z pushed back again – Will the OS make it in the end?
HTC One M8 with Windows Phone 8.1 instead of Android to launch later this year?
Tablet / Laptop / PC
Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8Dell unveils Venue 7 and Venue 8 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean tablets
Retina iPad Mini facing delays, may not launch until early next year
Refurbished 128GB iPad with Retina Display now available on the Apple Online Store
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition: Pricing and availability now official
Gadgets
Amazon LogoAmazon reportedly to launch ‘Firetube’ set-top box before 2013 holidays
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear India launch: Pricing and availability
Samsung Galaxy Gear Android smartwatch now up for pre-order in Canada
Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 reportedly in the works already, may debut at CES or MWC 2014
OS / Software
HTC LogoHTC reportedly considering Android/Windows Phone dual-booting smartphone as Microsoft pushes for deeper Windows mobile integration
iOS 7 Chrome Incognito mode leaks private searches due to bug
Sprint HTC One Android 4.3 Jelly Bean already rolling out, AT&T, T-Mobile & Verizon to follow
Microsoft Windows 8.1 now available for pre-order
Internet / Social Media
Google DowntimeGoogle blacks out for two minutes, causes 40 percent drop in world’s Internet traffic
Xbox Music web player is live and ready for Xbox Music Pass subscribers
Facebook Android app collected phone numbers even if users never logged in
Firefox 22 brings support for web video calls, 3D gaming, and Unreal Engine 3
What's App
PayPal iOS appPayPal for iOS update brings loyalty card support, other features and enhancements
Facebook Slingshot now official to challenge Snapchat – What makes it stand out?
Pinterest update brings Guided Search to desktop users (VIDEO)
SwiftKey goes free on Google Play, boasts great new features & improvements
Copyright © 2014 Mobile & Apps All rights reserved. mobilenapps
Real Time Analytics