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post #1351 of 1742
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Oh also, removing trash bins on platforms to decrease the amount of garbage on the platforms is plain idiotic.
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Oh also, removing trash bins on platforms to decrease the amount of garbage on the platforms is plain idiotic.

Yeah it is. I couldn't believe that.
post #1353 of 1742
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Time tables are good when they work and don't lie to you.

i basically use them as a "fuck it, time to walk or cab" deal or when deciding between express vs. local.

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Yeah it is. I couldn't believe that.
+1. To see places like NY Mag or Gothamist mock the plan was pretty funny.
post #1354 of 1742
Time tables are usually useless, but opening up all that sorts of data is a Good Thing. No reason the MTA needs to sit on it--let others see what they can make of it. You never know what will come of having that kind of data--perhaps predicting times/delays based on historical data and issues on other lines? Letting developers get at it just a no brainer.

Besides, it's all paid for with tax dollars anyways--it shouldn't remain private to the MTA.
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Just to be a prick: I get real time subway data on my iPhone. Also for buses. It's generally accurate to a few seconds.

 

On a more productive note: I agree 100% with Aravenel. Bus data, including the GPS in all the buses, was somehow available publicly. A college kid made an app that used the GPS signals from each bus to track where it was and link it up to the individual bus stops. It was a huge success...well over half of the smart phones in Seoul had it installed within three months...so what did the Seoul government do (note: the government controls the bus system but the subway system is privatized though subsidized)? It shut the app down. It took them a week to realize they were being retarded and decided to put him on their payroll instead.

 

The app used to track the subway trains is I'm pretty sure also based on the original bus app.

post #1356 of 1742
i find the time tables on my line are usually quite accurate. Come to think of it, the majority fo the time I use them is when the train that just pulled up is packed to all hell, and yet the sign shows there's another one in 2 minutes, I'll just wait. Usually, it's the far superior option as the next train will have way more room, and I feel like I'm the only one at my usual stops who does this.


MTA has a subway time app that they released not long ago, and as far as I know, everybody who was excited about it used it once before "this sucks".
post #1357 of 1742
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Just to be a prick: I get real time subway data on my iPhone. Also for buses. It's generally accurate to a few seconds.

On a more productive note: I agree 100% with Aravenel. Bus data, including the GPS in all the buses, was somehow available publicly. A college kid made an app that used the GPS signals from each bus to track where it was and link it up to the individual bus stops. It was a huge success...well over half of the smart phones in Seoul had it installed within three months...so what did the Seoul government do (note: the government controls the bus system but the subway system is privatized though subsidized)? It shut the app down. It took them a week to realize they were being retarded and decided to put him on their payroll instead.

The app used to track the subway trains is I'm pretty sure also based on the original bus app.

Exactly. Besides, the MTA isn't in the coding business. Let someone else who really knows what they are doing handle that.
post #1358 of 1742
in general, the MTA isn't into anything that has to do with technology

post #1359 of 1742
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G's the worst.
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That's the truth. God I hate the G.

It's almost faster to take the F into the city to the L (which involves an above ground transfer!) to get from Carroll Gardens to Williamsburg rather than take the G direct.
post #1361 of 1742
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Sometimes I bite the bullet and just spend the $17 on a cab ride from Billy burg to Cobble Hill and the like.
post #1362 of 1742
Brooklyn people problems. Ha.
post #1363 of 1742
Yeah, we damn near always take a car--especially heading back home when we've had a few to drink. It's just not worth the G headaches.
post #1364 of 1742
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Brooklyn people problems. Ha.

Hey, try getting from your apartment to foo's apartment in a swift manner. Yeah, thought so.
post #1365 of 1742
above 57th St., the crosstown bus is wicked fast since it can just blast through the park. The people who ride are usually not cripples either. Below 57th, and all bets are off.
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