MTA Subway Time gives you real-time train arrival information for selected routes of the New York City subway system. Knowing exactly when your train will arrive will reduce the time you spend waiting on the subway platform, and let you know of any service delays or reroutes before you pay your fare.

What's New

Version 2.1.8

Minor bug fix

Customer Reviews

Love the information, hate the interface


This app supplies useful information for those of us that ride the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or S lines. However, it suffers from a few UI problems that can be really frustrating:
- there is no momentum in any of the scrolling lists. I always ride the 6 from 77th street in the mornings, and having to thumb through all of the Bronx stations without any momentum before I get to 77th is quite annoying, especially during a cold morning. The rest of iOS has lists with momentum - why not this app?
- on that note, there is no memory for frequently or recently viewed stations. There's a ton of data in this app, but I probably view data for only 2 stations 80% of the time, but there is no quick way for me to view that data. 'Frecency' is well-known to be important for good usability, but this app completely ignores it.

Separately, the app does not use the full screen if you have an iPhone 5. As others have noted, it can be slow to load at times, but that frustrates me less than the other problems I mentioned, as I imagine it's harder to deliver data quickly than it is to fix these UI shortcomings.

A good beginning... But lots of scope to get better

NYC Booklady

As a lover of the countdown clocks, this is a nice extension. Now I can know whether I have time to go to the bank or get coffee before my train comes.

But I agree it's pretty crude. Essentially, you pick a line and then a station and it shows you whatever info there is for that station. The good: pick the 4 and then 86th, and you get countdown for the 4, 5, and 6. Pick the 4 and then 77th, an impossible combination (usually), and you get the 6 info for 77th. This is helpful and logical in some ways but is strange in obvious ways.

Glad it's here and looking forward to its getting better. The idea to enable choosing the station nearest me (now) is good. So is the uptown/downtown comment, though it's very Manhattan-centric. it would also be helpful to be able to designate stations as home, work, school, maybe into a personalized home screen. Build in some generalized schedule info. For example, right now, 2 trains are 8 minutes apart. Allow someone to pick a different day/time and see the spacing for that. Add a feature to solicit more ideas!

Worth having, but needs work

Edward Ashton

First of all, if you're a New Yorker (or a visitor) and you ride the subway, you ought to have this app. I mean if nothing else, it's free and takes up very little space on your phone. Also, sometimes as I'm walking out the door of my building, I have to make a last-minute call whether to take a bus or a train, and being able to see how long the wait for the next train will be is enormously useful to me. I've probably saved many hours of time that I would otherwise have wasted standing on a platform or at a bus stop, and that alone is worth it, especially when "it" is just a few dozen megabytes.

My complaints are basically the same as what most people have said: no ability to have "favorite" stations, other UI issues. I suspect that these could get ironed out with a bit of time and effort. The Metro-North Train Time app is excellent, and while subways are quite different from commuter trains in many ways, that app is very worthy of emulation.


MTA/New York City Transit
12.8 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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