Know before you go

You can now be informed of delays on the NYC MTA transit system before you head out.  MTA is offering a free service (however text message charges thru your carrier still apply) that will alert you of train delays so you can plan your trip accordingly.  You can sign up for this service on their website.  You can also modify the alert to cater to the train and bus lines you take daily.  You can also customize when the alert should be sent to you.  This alert program applies to NYC MTA transit trains and buses, LIRR, and Metro-North.  If you are interested in this service or want more information, click on the ad below:


I’m a bit skeptical on this alert service offered by the MTA.  Elliot Sanders has already admitted and warned that there maybe some hiccups with the initial launch of this service.  I don’t know how successful it will be.  Not everyone has a mobile device that can receive email and/or text messages.  And, what happens when you’re underground?  You definitely won’t be notified of any changes until it’s too late, or you may be stuck in it.  If MTA wants to make this worth while they should upgrade their infrastructure so people can receive these alerts underground should they be travelling that way.

In any case, I’ve signed up for it.  Let’s see how effective this service is.

If you want to read more about this new service, you can check out the article in the NY Times.


~ by thedailycommuter on Wednesday, November 26, 2008.

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