The MTA needs your help to choose the next best transit app.
The agency Wednesday unveiled 49 new apps as part of its App Quest competition, and commuters can vote for their favorite to take home the Popular Choice award (and take home $1,000) in the competition. The apps range from services that provide maps and directions to ones that give you information about underground musicians and more.
A panel of nine judges will decide on the official winners of the contest, giving away prizes for first place ($20,000) through third place ($5,000), as well as honors for Best MTA Wish List App ($2,000), the Large Organization Recognition Award (no cash) and two honorable mentions ($1,000 each).
Marissa Shorenstein of AT&T said the competition got judges with expertise in technology and transit, and that it highlights the ways technology is improving everyday life in the city.
“It really brings together our interest in innovation and accessibility to mobile technology,” she said. “New Yorkers are always on the go and these apps will really help connect them to information to improve their commutes.”
We’ve looked at all of the apps and rounded up our 10 favorites. To check out the competition and cast your vote for the best, head to 2013mtaappquest.challengepost.com.
Here are our faves:
This attractive, well-designed app tells you everything you need to know about your commute: Schedules, real-time arrivals for lines that have it, directions, location-based routing and more. Available on iOS and Android, free.
Another mapping app, this one separates itself from the pack by providing weather, disruption alerts, taxi price estimates, information on buses, bike directions and much more. Available on iOS, free.
This app provides all the basic transit information – schedules, trip planner and so on – but is one of the very few to do so for Windows phones. Free.
Bus New York City
It claims to be the most feature-rich city bus app available, and we’re inclined to agree: find out when buses are set to arrive at your stop and get live information for some routes. Plus: service status, maps, trip planning and more. Available on iOS, $2.99.
How many times have you fallen asleep on the train and missed your stop? This creative app hopes to solve that problem. Using your phone’s sensors, it can tell when the subway is in motion, and it will send an alarm alerting you that it’s time to wake up and get off the train. Available on Android, free.
This beautiful app updates the MTA subway map in real-time and displays which lines are out of service or have disruptions. Available on iOS, free.
Want to know the status of your subway line without having to take the time to manually check? MyTransAlert lets you set up automatic notifications that tell you exactly when your train will get to your station, based on your proximity to that station. Available on iOS, free.
For all those times you love what you hear from a subway musician but have no way to look them up. This app aims to catalog all of the Music Under New York musicians, then let you snap a QR code that will lead you to more information about them. Available on iOS, free.
The subways run on a few main schedules – morning rush, evening rush, late nights, etc. – and this app visualizes the changes that happen on each line during each time period. Available via mobile Web browser at subwaynowmap.com.
Subway Fun Finder
Search for the best food, nightlife and entertainment based on which subway station you’ll be exiting from, as well as reviews and information about each spot. Available via mobile Web browser at subwayfunfinder.com.