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14:42, 09 July 2018

New York These days: New York Nowadays: A New App From the M.T.A.


New York Today: New York Nowadays: A New App From the M.T.A.

New York Today

New York Nowadays: A New App From the M.T.A.

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On the MYmta app, riders can sort in their location and get the quickest route.CreditJeenah Moon for The New York Times

By Gabrielle Guz and Alexandra S. Levine

Good morning on this picturesque Monday.

Say you&rsquore due at function at the best of the hour, and the train hasn&rsquot arrived however.

You and fellow riders pace along the platform, sometimes searching down the tunnel for lights, then back at your phone to verify the time. Only now &mdash when that need to-attend morning meeting begins in five minutes &mdash does the train gradually pull up and open its doors. And then, it just stays there.

Cue the anxious internal monologue: If I remain on this train, when will I get to operate? Will I want to transfer? Is this the fastest route?

To aid answer those questions, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority launched the MYmta app last week for Android and Apple users, supplying bus, subway, Lengthy Island Rail Road and Metro-North schedules all in 1 spot. It also offers alternate routes with the least number of transfers or the shortest walking distances. Stations with elevators are also noted, and riders can buy Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road tickets on the app.

Creating the app was no straightforward lift. For the duration of the method of building it, the M.T.A. conducted 180 hours of interviews with riders because final December, asking them what they&rsquod find most valuable.

Riders were &ldquoasking for a consolidated app&rdquo across the M.T.A. method, mentioned the authority&rsquos managing director, Veronique Hakim, so they wouldn&rsquot have to use several apps to access train and bus occasions, maps, tickets and other data.

But &mdash like any new product &mdash the app isn&rsquot best. When we gave it a try, for instance, it was challenging to track delays due to the fact the app would not refresh underground. (Although that could be the fault of spotty Wi-Fi at some subway stations, not the app.)

But hey, this is the type of constructive feedback that the M.T.A. would like to hear.

&ldquoThis app is about constructing for New Yorkers, by New Yorkers, and providing New Yorkers what they want,&rdquo Ms. Hakim said.

So if you have thoughts or complaints &mdash and we know you do &mdash go ahead and tell the M.T.A. what you think, and why, inside the app.

Right here&rsquos what else is happening:

Weather

The sort of Monday that&rsquoll make you wish you had been nevertheless at the beach.

(If you are: Don&rsquot rub it in.)

Blue skies as far as the eye can see, with a higher ofr 87, followed by a clear and comfy evening in the low 70s.

In the News

&bull Two ongoing federal corruption trials involving former Albany bigwigs have designed a blight on the capital&rsquos image. [New York Instances]

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Dean G. Skelos, appropriate, the former Republican leader of the State Senate, leaving federal court on Friday. Mr. Skelos will return to the stand on Monday in his trial on corruption charges.CreditMary Altaffer/Linked Press
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The ePrix resembles a Formula One particular race, except the vehicles run on electricity.CreditHarrison Hill/The New York Times

Published at Mon, 09 Jul 2018 ten:00:01 +0000


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