MTA blocks man's iPhone app

September 8, 2009 9:02:26 AM PDT
Apple Inc. has removed a Greenwich Internet developer's iPhone application from its iTunes App Store after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority asked the company to stop distributing it. The MTA asked Apple in a letter Aug. 7 to pull the application, which displays Metro-North Railroad and other transit schedules.

MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan says Apple lacked an approved disclaimer showing the MTA was not responsible for the information's accuracy.

The application was developed by Chris Schoenfeld, creator of StationStops.com.

Donovan says Schoenfeld and the MTA have agreed on a disclaimer.

MTA is now seeking about $700 in back royalties. Donovan said it won't oppose the application being reinstated for sale once Schoenfeld pays.

Schoenfeld says the MTA is harassing programmers to keep them from developing applications related to schedule information.

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