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New iPhone, Android App Will Track NYC Subways in Real Time


Later this year, a new app called is going to make life a lot easier for New Yorkers who waste a lot of time waiting for trains, as it will push real-time subway tracking direct to smartphones.

Fast Company writes:

Straphangers accessing via their mobile device will be able to instantly tell if they have enough time to grab a cup of coffee before they duck into the station--or if there are any service delays., written entirely in HTML5, is currently in non-functioning beta; a full version will be released later this year when real-time train information is made available to developers.

Fast Company adds that the app was demonstrated over the weekend at PDF: Applied, a programming challenge at the Personal Democracy Forum and is device-agnostic and should be coming out later this year when the MTA releases real-time data sets for NYC subway lines.

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  1. This is terrific. But how many subway stations have cellular or WiFi connectivity?

    Posted by: Andrew | Jun 20, 2012 8:35:05 AM

  2. Mine does (137th/City College) To be honest, 2/3 of the 'subway' in the boros is actually El, and I'm pretty sure that virtually all of those will have service. In Manhattan? maybe 10%, but that's not the point. The 1/2/3 already has station signs telling you how long until the next train arrives. However, once you're in the station, that's of limited use. The point of this app is to tell me if I can preen for 5 more minutes before heading towards the subway, or if I need to run RIGHT NOW or miss the train and have to sit there for 10 minutes before the next one shows up.

    Posted by: Matt | Jun 20, 2012 9:04:44 AM

  3. Perfect. A new way for terrorist to cause havoc in NYC.

    Posted by: Edd | Jun 20, 2012 9:20:27 AM

  4. Um.....what took so long? Boston has had this for years.

    Posted by: joest | Jun 20, 2012 9:24:36 AM

  5. Every city should have this. Seriously. The buses in most cities have GPS enabled, to track traffic, performance, etc, so it would be nice to have those included in the app, too.

    Posted by: Sean Mac | Jun 20, 2012 9:45:03 AM

  6. About bloody time.

    @Edd- Terrorists? Take off the tinfoil hat and get some fresh air! :)

    Posted by: Dave in NYC | Jun 20, 2012 9:56:15 AM

  7. @Dave who lives in his mothers basement. Unlike you, I get out everyday.
    Why the personal attack?
    All is takes is one stupid ass with this app, to track and blow up a train. Tell me you don't cringe a little when CNN or Faux Snooze shows a failed terrorist attack and think, "Great, show them how it didn't work so they can try something new!"

    Posted by: Edd | Jun 20, 2012 10:08:20 AM

  8. @EDD if a terrorist wants to blow something up, it's not going to be the single train he has tracked via his smartphone. They target the busiest areas which are stations and tourist hubs like times square, union square, grand central, etc... otherwise they target buildings like the repeated attempts on the world trade center before 9/11. one train or bus is never a target, it's the station or area near the bus that terrorists want...their mantra is to kill as many people as possible. i have never seen my stop on the L swarmed with M15 wielding police and military personnel, but take a look at PENN station.

    as for this app...bring it! long overdue. It’s the MTAs fault for wiring and GPSing train lines just in the last several years. Only two stations even have cell/wifi so far. Get with it NYC!

    Posted by: DRG | Jun 20, 2012 10:34:48 AM

  9. Yeah, DC has had this for both subway and bus for several years.

    Posted by: DCer | Jun 20, 2012 10:42:41 AM

  10. Then again, DC also has nice monitors in the stations to tell you how much longer until the next train.

    Posted by: DCer | Jun 20, 2012 10:43:27 AM

  11. @EDD, I doubt that Dave lives in his mother's basement, and I don't either. What about you? Where do you live, Texas? The worst case scenario with a physical bomb is that you get a few backpacks full of explosive in a subway car, at best taking out that car an a hundred people or so. With a nerve agent you wouldn't care, you'd want a slow release over time, and this info wouldn't really be useful. Besides, as I mentioned earlier, you don't have cell service in most underground stops anyway.

    I know that they may have freight trains in your tiny little two stoplight town, but they don't have them on the NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY. So it's not like you can load up a box car full of explosive and ship it to times square. Actually, have you ever even been to NYC?

    Posted by: Matt | Jun 20, 2012 10:59:36 AM

  12. Boston has nextbus for buses, there is no gps phone/mobile tracking of subway trains, street cars/LRVs, commuter trains, ferries, etc. that I'm aware of. I hope it's introduced in Boston also at some point.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 20, 2012 12:03:31 PM

  13. It's an absolute necessity in San Francisco where Muni busses and trains are completely unreliable and essentially just show up at random times. There are quite a few apps for SF (the best, by far, being QuickMuni), so the early ones will probably be improved on quickly.

    Posted by: CJS | Jun 20, 2012 12:39:26 PM

  14. @ratbastard

    You are mistaken about Boston. There are multiple apps and they've been available for years.

    Posted by: joest | Jun 20, 2012 12:57:06 PM

  15. Boston has nextbus for buses, there is no gps phone/mobile tracking of subway trains, street cars/LRVs, commuter trains, ferries, etc. that I'm aware of. I hope it's introduced in Boston also at some point.

    Read more:

    Posted by: Smartphone | Jun 20, 2012 1:18:28 PM

  16. Anyone else besides me see Die Hard 3?
    I know it's a movie, but...

    Posted by: Edd | Jun 20, 2012 11:37:18 PM

  17. This is also a potential safety feature for those riding late at night. Riders can time their entry to what could be a potentially "empty" platform.

    Posted by: Angela Channing | Jun 21, 2012 6:58:46 AM

  18. More than 200 million phones are using Android operating system, and all these required Android phone apps to perform their best. Every day thousands of new Android phones are being put into service and the demand for Android phones are increasing rapidly. A large amount of customers are using their Android phone to communicate, so developing Android Phone Apps have great importance to reach these people.

    Posted by: Android Phone Apps | Jun 21, 2012 9:24:02 AM

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