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At Last, the live MTA map is here

Posted by errol on December 12, 2020

Today I decided to take a different route to work. Not by choice (like most re-routes in New York) but by force. Apparently the E train was in phase 2 of construction after being down for two months.

Last minute changes always happen on the subway but its a small price to pay for such a complex system. Before COVID hit and rider numbers went down, over 5.5 million people rode the subway every week. Some lines ran almost 32 miles. So, it makes since that every once in awhile there’s a glitch, new construction, delay and/or disturbance. After taking these factors into consideration, I decided to use this moment to try out the new live MTA app.

Released in October, the app shows live changes to the subway as they happen. Users can zoom in and see individual stations as well as entrances. More importantly, the map updates riders on alternative routes when there’s a problem. Instead of squinting at papers taped to subway walls, all riders have to do now is pull out their phones.


I’m actually jealous of residents that’ll never get to experience being lost at a train station.

The app is more than just a train update, it is the first map of the New York City subway that explains routes easily while being geographically accurate. Previous maps were forced to trade one for another, confusing many New Yorkers. Now, confusion is a thing of the past. Riders can find out which lines are down, which way to go when a train is running in one direction and keep up with night and weekend routes since MTA temporarily ended service after midnight.

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