MTA Subway Time
By Metropolitan Transportation Authority
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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 in Version 1.3
I downloaded this application as I live in Manhattan. This application has a horrible user interface and is difficult to use.
When you select a train you want it should be smart enough to know where you currently are and scroll down to the closest station to your location, not require you to scroll ALL the way down and select it. Also, when you finally have a train selected, you cannot tell which train is going uptown and which is going downtown!! This has to be clearly marked.
I am disappointed the L train is not listed even though it already has electronic displays in the subway which tells you when the next L train is arriving. The MTA even said themselves on TV that this is what they needed to have in place for it to work with their iOS app and they don't have it working! In the app it says "Subway Time is our countdown clock app. Only subway lines that presently have clocks are featured." Well, if this were true, you would have the L train.
What the MTA should do is equip each and every train with a GPS. When that train is passing through a station it is read and its location is transmitted. If you have to wait for the MTA to install electronic displays in each and every station in NYC, it will take 10+ years.
I guess the MTA forgot that they have A, B, C, D, E, F, G, J, Q, and R trains. To offer so few trains is rediculous. Shows the MTA's money hard at work!
You would think...
...that an app from the ACTUAL MTA would after all this time have info for most, if not all lines in the system. Those of you served by the lines listed have some nerve telling us who apparently aren't privileged enough to have route information that our complaints are invalid! No, it's a valid complaint to have for an app of this type, and anyone who implies otherwise is just a short-sighted, selfish jerk with no empathy or standards. There are third party apps that cover the entire system, or at least more than the MTA's OWN APP, and that is pathetic. I have their LIRR app and that covers all lines and stops, so don't tell me that they can't do it here. As usual, another poor showing by the MTA. Thanks again, Albany!
Works but outdated
At the core of the app it does what it says, tells you how long until the next train arrives. But for non nyc natives it can be confusing because it doesn't explicitly state which trains are going uptown/downtown or Bronx/Brooklyn, the times only display the last stop on the corresponding line. The user interface is clunky and the aesthetic also looks like it's from over 3 years ago. They also don't have times for the L trains even though they also have the countdown timers in the stations. Really needs an update
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- Category: Travel
- Updated: Jan 30, 2014
- Version: 1.3
- Size: 0.5 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: MTA/New York City Transit
- © Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.