The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced two new apps for Metro-North and Long Island railroad riders giving schedule information, track assignments, and fare and station information at the tap of a finger, according to the authority.
The new applications known as Metro-North Train Time and LIRR Train Time, are available for free download and are also free of advertisements. Information provided is posted simultaneously with when it is posted on digital signboards at stations throughout the network.
The iPhone version can be downloaded here.
The Google Android version can be downloaded here.
“These apps are designed to be the definitive mobile go-to source for all the information someone would need in order to ride an LIRR or Metro-North train,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast said in a statement. “We always say ‘Know Before You Go’ because it makes traveling with us a lot easier, and these apps put a trove of useful information right into your hands when you are on the move.”
The data being provided is also expected to be more accurate than the authority’s pre-existing Train Time Web-site by virtue of combining real time train positions drawn from the signal systems of both railways and data from train-mounted global positioning systems, replicating information currently shared by digitals signs on the Long Island railroad.
Metro-North launched its Train Time data service at 67 stations in Jan. 2010, expanding it to all 96 stations two months later.
“We know how important real-time information is to our customers, and that’s why we’ve been making efforts to expand and improve upon the information we provide,” said Metro-North Railroad President Howard Permut. “The Metro-North Train Time app builds upon our existing initiatives to expand information for customers, including the creation of Train Time via the web, bringing real-time digital screens to more stations and centralizing staff who create email and text alerts and audio announcements at our new Customer Communications Center.”
Those who do not have Android or iPhone smartphones, can continue to get real-time train information through CooCoo, by sending a text message to 266266 with your origin and destination stations.
These new railroad apps complement the ever-expanding collection of existing apps that have been developed, with the encouragement of the MTA, over the past five years by third-party app developers to help railroad customers. These apps can be found at MTA.info under the App Gallery.
The two new apps bring to eight the number of apps that have been officially created or commissioned by the MTA itself. The prior MTA apps for iOS, Android or web are:
- Subway Time, which provides real-time train arrival estimates for all stations on the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 subway lines and 42nd Street Shuttle.
- Bus Time, which provides real-time bus locations on all routes in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island, with expansion to Brooklyn and Queens coming in 2014.
- The Weekender, which lets New York City Subway customers visualize weekend service changes caused by subway track work.
- MTA Drive Time, which provides graphically animated views of current travel speeds and travel times on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, RFK Bridge, Queens-Midtown Tunnel, Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, Throgs Neck Bridge, Hugh L. Carey Tunnel, Henry Hudson Bridge, Cross Bay Bridge and Marine Parkway Bridge.
- Meridian, which provides comprehensive information about the permanent artwork installed throughout the MTA system, including the ability to search by line or by artist, get turn-by-turn directions to the art, and see photos.
- Grand Central, which combines information about where to eat, shop, and run errands within Grand Central with Metro-North track listings and departure times.