Dec

30

The App That Will Change Your Life

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Behold, the future
Behold, the future

Behold, the future

Several traveling tipsters have reported the awesome new MTA app will make your downtown ventures that much easier. The MTA Subway Time app basically displays the exact same information that’s on the overhead station clocks—the projected train arrival times, including any delays—except on your phone. As the helpful image to the right illustrates, you can see up to four trains in advance.

While the benefit of it being *on your phone* is enough to score a download, the eventually completed app would be particularly useful for those few stations that still don’t have the overhead timers (a.k.a all of the Brooklyn R stations ever). Station inequality aside, we can see this app actually being helpful in deciding how fast to sprint/powerwalk/stroll to the subway, although that implies a level of advance planning we never considered.

The test version of the app only has information for the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and S lines…but it’s not like Columbia students venture any farther than that. And to make this even more attractive to us, the MTA advertises the app as a motion towards “transparency,” proving that we’re not the only ones obsessed with the concept. We <3 NY.

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18 Comments

  1. wow this would be really cool...

    ...if there were cell service underground

  2. umm. it's already really cool..

    ...it helps you time when you should start heading/running for the subway when you're not already underground

  3. Aly

    Try Embark NYC- not advertising it since its free and for the lines that aren't computerized it will give you the schedules plus your start and end times.

  4. Twitch

    It just became a huge problem to still have a blackberry.

  5. Anonymous

    The app definitely feels unpolished, but I guess it's a good start for MTA.

  6. Wes

    Uh No "but it’s not like Columbia students venture any farther than that"

  7. Anonymous

    i've been resisting the smartphone craze, but this might just push me over the edge

  8. Anonymous

    the brooklyn bound R has an electronic annunicator signs now if i'm not mistaking.

  9. Anonymous

    New York is the best!

  10. Old Alum

    It's a new app to make it easier to identify who on the subway has a phone worth grabbing.

  11. Anonymous  

    This is nice, but where are the N,Q &R lines? Those always seem to take forever. :/

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