MTA’s First-Ever ‘Live Subway Map’ Lets You Track Trains In Real Time


There has most likely been a time where you are riding the subway, try and listen to an announcement you couldn't possible understand, and the next thing you know you are skipping stops and on your way to Brooklyn! Well now MTA has a new type of map that will hopefully make it so you are never winding up at the wrong stop due to traffic changes.

The MTA announced a brand new subway map that they have been making for the past year and a half. Created by the MTA, the Transit Innovation Partnership and Brooklyn-based global design and technology firm Work & Co, it “overlays clear and detailed track routes atop a geographically-correct street grid that becomes more detailed as the user zooms in.” Riders won't even have to refer to the physical printed maps anymore and can use the digital map to navigate through the subway system.

“With just a few taps, a time filter allows users to decide if they want to view current train service or future service with ‘Now,’ ‘Tonight’ and ‘Weekend’ options,” the organization explained. “Tonight” will show available trains after 9 p.m., so you won’t get stuck due to nighttime service changes.

Also, “When users tap on a specific station, they’ll see information that lists the trains that arrive at that station, and the arrival times for any train scheduled to arrive within an hour.” Therefore you can use it to time out your trip!

Some of the key features include (as written in their press release):

  • Automatically updating train lines: Train lines will redraw themselves using real-time data to illustrate current and accurate train service status. Sections of train lines fade out where a train line is not running and are denoted with dashes if trains are running in a single direction.
  • Zoom-In features:Greater map detail is exposed as the user zooms in, including the ability to see individual train lines, subway entrances, station names, and street locations and names.
  • Subway accessibility:The new map highlights accessible stations and provides updates to accessibility related equipment like elevators and escalators.
  • Emergency alerts: The map uses the MTA’s data feed to convey official MTA communications for emergencies.
  • Add to homescreen for quick reference: iPhone and Android users can add the map to their homescreen to access the map more quickly. The web-based map then behaves like a standalone app. Future integration with the MYmta app may be developed.

The map is currently in its beta version and is available for both iPhone and Android users.Check it out here.

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