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Technology, Transportation

The slow death of the MetroCard begins next spring

By Michelle Colman, Thu, June 14, 2018

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Photo via Phil Hollenback/Flickr

It’s the end of an era but one that might not be too sentimental. As of May 2019, the MTA is launching its new fare payment method for the 4, 5, and 6 lines and all bus routes on Staten Island, reports amNY. No more steel bars karate chopping your abdomen when you realize your MetroCard is out of credit. Starting next spring, riders can use credit cards, mobile phones, smart watches, and mobile wallets to travel… but you’ll still be able to swipe your old MetroCard until 2023. Read more

Technology, Transportation

YoTrain! app, transit apps, NYC subway alerts

There’s that moment of panic when you’re running late to an important meeting or event and you can’t decide whether to chance it and try to get on the train or just hop in the next cab you see. A new app called YoTrain! will alleviate this anxiety, alerting users within 200 feet of a subway station when the next train is coming. What’s better is that the information comes in the form of a text and voice alert even if your phone is locked, so you don’t have to be a cell phone zombie walking down the street.

Think this is a genius idea? You’re not alone. YoTrain!, created by Brooklyn-based tech developer Duong Nguyen, won a $10,000 grand prize in the MTA and AT&T’s App Quest Challenge, an annual call for transportation-related apps for New Yorkers using MTA data.

Watch a video on the app here

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