Mobile Metro-North

27 October 2006 » Travel, Web development

Update: You can download NYC North Trains for free, over-the-air. I’ve tested it on OS 5 and 6 devices such as the Curve, Style, Storm 2, Bold, Tour and Torch. Like the simple Web interface I’ve provided for nearly five years, the native app offers an interface to the MTA schedule data optimized for mobile devices. However, it also offers some features that make the experience quite a bit more convenient for BlackBerry users.

I travel to New York City from the Connecticut and New York suburbs on a regular basis. Most of the time I use the MTA Metro-North Railroad. It’s easy to look up the train schedule from a regular computer before I head in, but often times I don’t have a set return time and am not near a PC when I make plans to come home.

I’ve tried accessing mta.info from the browser on my BlackBerry, but the UI is pretty painful on a wireless device. For some reason the MTA doesn’t supply an interface for gadgets like this, nor does it provide a Web service to provide results to third parties. So instead I created my own tool to provide a text-only interface to the Metro-North schedules.

At some point I intend to mash it up with a map, but for now, enjoy.

  

6 Responses to 'Mobile Metro-North'

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  1. 06 November 2006 at 4:00 pm

    Thank you! I’m sitting in an office in SoHo right now, one that I work in only occasionally, and after using HopStop to get directions back to GCT wanted something like this I could use on my Treo to look up MTA schedules as I’m getting to the station.
    By the way, you’re already the number 1 Google it for ‘mobile metro north schedule’.

  2. krook said,

    09 November 2006 at 1:11 am

    Chris,

    Glad it worked out for you :)

    Please spread the word to your fellow wireless device users so I can continue to work out the bugs.

  3. Ricardo Cheing said,

    07 April 2009 at 10:20 am

    This is such an awesome tool!! Thanks Daniel for creating a useful interface for our mobile devices. It works real well. I have a question, do you think a blackberry home screen shortcut could be created? Thank you!

  4. Daniel Krook said,

    11 May 2009 at 7:23 am

    Hi Ricardo,

    I’ve just made a Mobile Metro-North BlackBerry shortcut available.

  5. A George said,

    02 July 2009 at 11:37 am

    Daniel,
    Great App. When do you expect a native client to be released?

  6. Dave said,

    05 February 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Thank you! Awesome m site. And still way ahead of what the MTA is offering! Great Job.

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