New iOS app shows NY subway arrival times

New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority has finally joined the smartphone era today in releasing an iOS application showing the arrival times of trains for seven subway lines.

Available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, MTA Metro-time displays arrival times of trains for 156 stations on lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 lines and bus line S . Although officially a trial version at the moment, the application will use the same arrival time shown on the clocks countdown of the resort and on the website of the ATC.

"The ability to obtain the time of arrival of the metro street level is there," said President and CEO Joseph J. Lhota MTA in a statement. "The days of rushing to a station metro then find waiting motionless in a state of uncertainty is coming to an end. "

According to the statement, the application can handle up to 5000 incoming requests per second. The information comes from a power supply that can be accessed by developers for other mobile operating systems.

Although the MTA existing applications for bus arrivals and training schedules on its bridges and tunnels, this is the first time the agency of the country's busiest transit has developed an application for service subway.

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