Bwoglines: Things Coming to Fruition Edition

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Progress is complicated

Once upon a time, coyotes roamed our fair campus. Now the wild canines have migrated to faraway Queens County. (Gothamist)

It sounds like a dream, knowing precisely when the next subway will arrive. Now, thanks to Alex Bell, a SEAS grad student, there’s an app for that. (NY1)

Richard Paul Richman (what a name!), alum of both the Law and B-Schools, donated a cool $10 mil to establish the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy. (Columbia)

A shiny new interdisciplinary science building calls for a shiny new coffee shop. Starting today, Joe the Art of Coffee – dubbed “schmancy” by one Bwogger – will be dishing out caffeine at the intersection of Pupin and Chandler. Review forthcoming!

All you native New Yorkers, bid a solemn farewell to the Super Bowl hopes of the J-E-T-S. “RALLY BITTER END” quoth the Post. (NY Post)

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  1. Anonymous

    "We have right now about 350 New Yorkers I would estimate. And for total coverage we estimate about 10,000 New Yorkers would be sufficient."

    In other words, "For this to work, I need 9,650 people to download an app that will report incorrect information and drain their batteries."

    It's an interesting idea, but the MTA's continued refusal to release arrival and departure data is the real story here.

    • Wait...  

      I use an Iphone app called NYCMate. Tapping on any station provides departure times for all subway lines leaving that station. Granted arrival times are not listed, though you can trace the route and calculate the arrival by way of departures.

      • Anonymous

        I assume that app uses the official timetables (e.g. http://www.mta.info/nyct/service/pdf/t1cur.pdf) which in my experience are not worth the paper they're printed on. The point (as the commenter below observes) is that the new signs mean the MTA has realtime data, taking into account delays and changes of service, but still doesn't want to share. Signs are nice, but there's no reason we shouldn't be able to get that information aboveground.

        • ...  

          you know, i thought the same thing. then one day i started looking at the timetables in nyc mate. i was shocked, utterly and completely shocked, at how often they actually show up within 1-2 minutes of the printed time. (and this is with frequencies out at 20m)

          on some lines they appear to have have high granularity tracking. on others they don't. the a/d, for example, don't give estimates but rather indicate when trains are a few stops away.

          i suspect that their instrumentation is just like the rest of their network, completely heterogenous with differing capabilities across lines and stations (beyond the basic bmt/irt division)

          i think a really useful app would be one that keeps an up to date local copy of all active service alerts (without killing the battery) and service schedules. the biggest questions i tend to have in the subway are questions like "should i take this local or will an express come soon?"

    • Anonymous

      You do realize that they've started installing those electronic signs that tell you WHEN TRAINS ARE ARRIVING, right?

  2. it's  

    not a playoff, but the superbowl. the jets were already in the playoffs.

  3. Anonymous  

    be careful or you're going to micromanage the fun out of life

  4. Alum

    Bwog you are back and as great as ever...!!!! the new team is great... Claire, David, Carolyn, Hans and all the daily editors and new people.....from an Alum who loves to read Bwog

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