Know Before You Go: New iOS App Lists NYC Subway Arrival Times In Real Time
As a follow up to the countdown clocks that the MTA has installed in many subway stations across the city, they are now testing a version of MTA Subway Time, an iOS app that tells you what time the train is scheduled to arrive at your station. For now, it is available only for the 1,2,3,4,5,6 lines and the S 42nd Street Shuttle, and provides updates to riders of all 156 stations on these lines. It is initially available only for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users, but will be available on other devices in the full version. A desktop version is also available through the web, and the MTA is providing a live stream of arrival time data to third-party app developers to work with to develop new apps and improvements.
To use the app, which is designed to be quick and easy to use on the go, users select their subway line on the opening screen. From there, you are able to select your station to see real-time arrival estimates for up to nine trains approaching the station from all directions. If multiple trains service a station, the app will list all trains in one combined list.
The app is synced with the MTA website displaying planned work and real-time disruptions. They are still evaluating how to incorporate this new real-time data into their web utility, Trip Planner+.