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Looking for the Next Great App


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Hoping to generate the next great iPhone, Android or web application that will improve – or potentially revolutionize – the way that New Yorkers commute, the MTA held a conference for tech developers on Wednesday at Google's New York City office.

 

"This is a great example of how the MTA is working to improve customer service in cost effective ways," said MTA Chairman and CEO Jay H. Walder. "Apps are built at no cost to the MTA, and they have the potential to reduce reliance on paper schedules and maps that the MTA spends money to produce."

 

Some of the apps that help MTA customers navigate the region's public transportation network are:

 

* Exit Strategy NYC, which allows users to learn where to sit or stand within a train in order to reach the optimal point of the platform at the destination station. $3.99... you could use this offline

* iTrans provides iPhone users a subway map that uses timetables, service advisories and walking directions. $3.99... you could use this offline

* The Next Train lets Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad customers plan point-to-point trips or view train schedules up to 14 days in advance with departures listed by station and trip duration noted. $4.99... you could use this offline

 

-BART

-Caltrain

-Capitol Corridor

-LIRR

-MARC

-Metra

-Metrolink

-Metro North

-MBTA

-NJT

-Path

-SEPTA

-Tri-Rail

-UTA

-VRE

-WMATA

-West Coast Express

 

I personally like Exit Strategy because of accuracy and iTrans for off line directions

 

http://thenexttrain.com/

http://www.exitstrategynyc.com/

http://www.itrans.info/

 

 

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iTrans is definitely the best I've seen. The pinch to zoom map, tap a station and get train arrival times and service advisories work great. Kick on the GPS locator and it brings you to a Google Maps rendering with each station and subway lines marked, then you can pop back to the NYCT map and take it from there. Here's hoping there'll be an update soon following the service changes!

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