MTA Real Time App Tells Staten Island Straphangers When Train Will Come

By Nicholas Rizzi on August 14, 2014 2:34pm 

 The MTA updated its Subway Time app to include real time arrival information for the Staten Island Railway on August 14, 2014. The app uses the same data to estimate the train arrival as the countdown clocks installed earlier this year in four South Shore stations.
The MTA updated its Subway Time app to include real time arrival information for the Staten Island Railway on August 14, 2014. The app uses the same data to estimate the train arrival as the countdown clocks installed earlier this year in four South Shore stations.
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STATEN ISLAND — Staten Islanders will now be able to check when the next train will arrive on their smartphone.

The MTA updated its Subway Time app on Thursday to include real time train arrival information for the Staten Island Railway.

The application, which launched in 2012, tracks trains via signal data, comparing the location with the schedule and calculating the arrival time, the MTA said.

“We want to give our Railway customers more options to get updated arrival information so that they can plan accordingly and get to where they need to go safely and on time,” Carmen Bianco, MTA New York City Transit President, said in a statement.

“We always like to say, ‘Know before you go,’ and this Subway Time app update puts that information in the hands of Staten Islanders.”

The integration of the SIR in the app comes after a program launched by Councilman Vincent Ignizio earlier this year to add countdown clocks to four stations on the South Shore. The app uses the same data as the countdown clocks to estimate the arrival time for trains, the MTA said.

While riders with an iPhone can download the app to check the arrival time, people without one can still check on their train's status on the MTA's website.

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