MTA launches new apps for LIRR, Metro-North riders

A train arrives to the Astor Place station early Friday, Dec. 16, 2005 in New York. (AP Photo/ Dima Gavrysh)

December 20, 2013 4:09:23 AM PST
Some new apps may help Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road customers avoid an extra long wait for the train.

The MTA announced the first official apps for the railroads, which are now available for Android and iPhone users.

The free apps tell customers when the next trains are due, whether each one is running on time and which track each is slated to use.

They come just in time for a busy weekend when customers will be taking to the rails for shopping and holiday events.

"These apps are designed to be the definitive mobile go-to source for all the information someone would need in order to ride an LIRR or Metro-North train," MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast said. "We always say 'Know Before You Go' because it makes traveling with us a lot easier, and these apps put a trove of useful information right into your hands when you are on the move."

The apps also make it easy to find out fare information, see railroad maps and learn about stations, including waiting room hours, parking availability, connecting transit services, status of accessibility for the disabled, elevator and escalator status and phone numbers for area taxi companies.

Each app also includes real-time service status, brief up-to-the-minute service alerts, railroad news items, info on special deals and getaway packages and more detailed notices about service changes resulting from planned track work. And each app also includes information about connecting with the railroad via social media, email and 511.