MTA Adds Real-Time To Weekender App

Earlier this morning, the MTA announced that its Weekender App has received a major upgrade. The upgrade is the agency adding its Real-Time arrival feature. Here is more via press release:

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that its official Weekender™ app for iOS 7.0 and Android has received a major upgrade. It now displays real-time train arrival information at all 154 stations served by the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 lines and upcoming real-time departures for the two terminals of the S 42nd Street Shuttle. The app also now uses GPS technology to center the subway map on your current location.

Real-time information, which had been available separately on the MTA’s Subway Time app and website, is now fused with the information in The Weekender app to put weekend planned service changes and the real-time train arrivals together in one convenient place.

“Real-time arrival info complements and reconfirms the general information already being offered our Weekender app,” said MTA Chairman Thomas F. Prendergast. “The Weekender app already describes the nature of service we’re able to provide each weekend with maps and text. It tells you which trains you can expect to arrive at which stations, and where they will stop once you get on. Now, on most of our numbered lines, the app tells you exactly when those trains are arriving. There is no longer any need to toggle back and forth between The Weekender for service info and Subway Time for specific train arrivals.”

Those who already have The Weekender installed on their smartphone or tablet will receive the updated version of the app automatically as an update. To download The Weekender app visit the Apple App Store or Google Play and search for The Weekender.

Besides providing the new real-time train information, The Weekender app, which was launched in June 2012, tells you everything you need to know about the subway service being provided each weekend in light of service changes for track work. It provides the info for the numbered lines AND the lettered lines. Its key features are:

• Service by Line: Click on a subway line symbol to get a line diagram showing an overview of the line’s service changes, as well as text summaries of the changes.
• Service by Borough: Click on a borough for text-based information about any service changes impacting a borough.
• Service by Station: Select a station for details on any service changes impacting that station, or click on the map to zoom to a detailed area.

Due to the large amount of data and mapping involved in the mobile version of The Weekender, MTA developers have smartly “packeted” the data, so the initial download includes the basic functions needed to get started. Then, each time the user plans a trip or taps to view a particular neighborhood map, only those images are added to the app, so the app gets smarter with every use without hogging device memory.

The Weekender for Mobile was created by MTA developers following initial design concepts from Vignelli Associates. The diagram used as the base of The Weekender both online and in the mobile app is designed to illustrate service diversions at a glance. It is inspired by the 1972 New York City subway map designed by world renowned map maker and designer Massimo Vignelli, and was recently updated by Vignelli, Beatriz Cifuentes and Yoshiki Waterhouse.

As with the web-based version, The Weekender for Mobile also provides the popular Neighborhood Maps that are posted inside subway stations. These maps show the precise locations of subway station entrances within the street grid, along with locations of popular area destinations.

The Weekender is part of the MTA’s continuing efforts to provide real time information about service status. Other digital offerings include real-time locations of buses through MTA Bus Time™ on the web and via text message, real time train arrivals and track assignments via Metro-North Train Time™ and Long Island Rail Road Train Time™ via web and app, real-time driving conditions at MTA’s Bridges and Tunnels through MTA Drive Time™, and Real-time service alerts for all MTA agencies via text message and email, and via social media. The MTA also provides raw schedule, geographic, and real-time data to third party app developers, who have built 106 apps that are listed on the MTA’s App Center.

For more information, click on http://bit.ly/1ejjBma or http://web.mta.info/apps/weekenderApp.html

A nice addition to what is a good app that every rider should have at their disposal.

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Service Diversions 01-10-14

Get a head start on your weekend plans as I have just updated the Service Diversions.

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FASTRACK Comes To The 1

Next week will mark the first time the MTA brings its FASTRACK to the 1 Train. Here are the complete details via press release:

On Monday, January 13, for the first time, MTA New York City Transit brings FASTRACK to the 1 line in Upper Manhattan. 1 service will be suspended between 96 St and Dyckman St from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for four consecutive weeknights from Monday, January 13 to early Friday morning, January 17. 1 train service will operate in two sections:

1. Between 242 St and Dyckman St. (Dyckman St-bound 1 trains skip 207 St.)

2. Between South Ferry and the 148 St station on the 3 line. (1 trains are rerouted via the 3 line between 96 St and 148 St.)

Travel alternatives: Take A trains and free shuttle buses

1. To/From the Bronx, transfer between the 1 and the A at Dyckman St.

2. To/From South Ferry, transfer between the 1 and the A at 59 St-Columbus Circle.

3. For 1 stations in Washington Heights, Harlem, and the Upper West Side, use nearby A stations along Ft Washington Av, St Nicholas Av, and Central Park West, and/or take free shuttle buses at 1 stations.

4. Transfer between free shuttle buses and trains at Dyckman St 1 A, 168 St (A only), and 96 St 1.

Free shuttle buses operate on three routes:

1. Along Broadway between the 96 St 1 and 168 St A stations, making stops at 103 St, 110 St, 116 St, 125 St, 137 St, 145 St, and 157 St.

2. Along St Nicholas Av between the 168 St A and the 191 St 1 stations, making stops at 181 St and 191 St.

3. Dyckman St loop between A and 1 stations.

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Service Diversions 01-03-14

Even with Hercules done in terms of accumulation, MTA NYC Transit has cancelled all scheduled diversions for the weekend. The only ones in place are the temporary closures of the Castle Hill Ave & Middletown Road Stations on the 6 Train & the Montague Tubes closed for the N Train & R Train.

However as of this moment, all work scheduled for next week is still a go including FASTRACK on the G Train. All details are posted on the Service Diversions page. Have a wonderful weekend!

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FASTRACK Comes To The G

The highly successful MTA NYC Transit FASTRACK program will be making its 2014 debut on Monday as it comes to the G Train which will have no service between Bedford-Nostrand Avs & Church Av. Here are the complete details via press release:

On Monday, January 6, for the first time, MTA New York City Transit brings FASTRACK to the G line in Brooklyn. G service will be suspended between Bedford-Nostrand Avs and Church Av from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for four consecutive weeknights from Monday, January 6 to early Friday morning, January 10. Free shuttle buses, and F trains provide alternate service via Jay St-MetroTech.

Travel Alternatives:

• Free shuttle buses operate between Bedford-Nostrand Avs and the Jay St-MetroTech F station making station stops at Classon Av, Clinton-Washington Avs, Fulton St, and Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts.

• Transfer between G trains and free shuttle buses at Bedford-Nostrand Avs.

• Take the F for service between Jay St-MetroTech and Church Av.

• Transfer between free shuttle buses and F trains at Jay St-MetroTech.

• A service is also available between Hoyt-Schermerhorn and Jay St-MetroTech.

FASTRACK has been designed around the careful determination that there is adequate alternate means of transportation, including enhanced services along some bus lines during work periods. Alternative transportation options will be detailed in announcements and posters on trains, in stations and on selected buses; brochures will be available in both English and Spanish. Information on this FASTRACK is available on the web at http://web.mta.info/nyct/service/fastrack_G.htm

FASTRACK was introduced in January 2012, devoting four straight weeknights to perform maintenance work in tunnels, stations and on tracks, completely suspending service within a given line segment for a seven-hour period between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., allowing an army of maintenance workers to perform dozens of tasks.

Our next FASTRACK overnight closure will be on the 1 line between 96 St and Dyckman St beginning Monday night, January 13 and ending early Friday morning, January 17.

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