If you live and/or work in New York City and use the MTA to get around , you’ll be thrilled with the latest update for Google Maps. (It’s already live in the Google Play Store and iOS App Store — go update now!)
Starting today, Google Maps now gives you current arrival and departure times for the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 trains, as well as the 42nd Street shuttle, from your desktop, Android phone or iPhone. What’s even better — if there are delays or alerts, you’ll be able to see those in real-time as well.
This is part of a multi-year project that the MTA announced back in December. Three months later, we’re already starting to see the effects of it. The city will spend “hundreds of millions” in the next few years to update the trains and equipment that make this possible, so look for additional lines to be updated in the future.
If you’re an iOS user, you can also download the MTA’s official app for subway arrival and departure times, which uses the same data as Google Maps. (It’s actually the other way around — the MTA supplies the data TO Google Maps.) Here’s the download link in the App Store for the MTA’s app: MTA Subway Time.
You might recall my post last week about the MTA kicking off a project to install massive touchscreen maps in the subways. They’ll also have the most current arrival and departure data in real-time as they roll out throughout the course of this year.
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