For all the eco-friendly or budget conscious iPhoners whose Blahniks or Ferragamos have migrated to public transportation, using mass transit may be a less expensive budget alternative but it’s still a far cry from curbside service.
Working in NYC keeps me swiping my Metro Card – and after two years, I’m still no expert. There are, however, a few things I’ve learned in my travels; For one, don’t sit on the subway with a map. Everyone else who isn’t sure where they are going will be constantly looking over your head. And the golden rule: don’t make the person sitting in the map seat uncomfortable by looking over them. Besides, this makes you look tourist-y. If you are a tourist visiting the city, it’s always best to try not to look like one!
City Transit from Magnetism Studios saves you from the anxiety-provoking fear of getting lost in The Big Apple. Maintain your effortless sense of City style, knowing when and where your stop is. City Transit provides several maps for offline (no internet connection) use including the MTA subway system, individual train lines, Metro North, Long Island Railroad & a Manhattan bus map. Learn the best transfer points and which lines run express to keep you from being too fashionably late. The app integrates with iPhone’s built in GPS to locate your proximity to the nearest station and provide directions. It also provides service advisories are for all subway lines.
Though Carey Bradshaw rarely ventured off the Emerald Isle, there is more to New York than just Manhattan. NYC is composed of five boroughs – Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Maps for all of the boroughs would be a great addition. Magnetism promises future maps will be available for buses and commuter lines. Services advisories are downloaded from the MTA website. It is odd then that advisories are only provided for subway lines. MTA provides advisories for Metro North, Long Island Railroad, Long Island Bus and MTA Bus. Providing the additional info as well as a trip planner would be a great addition to this app.
You can always take a taxi to your destination but at $1.99 and a metro card you can save your pennies for something nice – a pair of great sunglasses, more comfortable shoes or a hybrid car. In the meantime, no one will have to know you were riding public transportation but you and City Transit on your iPhone.
City Transit requires the 2.2 iPhone OS software update and is compatible with both the iPhone & iPod Touch.