Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff
Standing on the station platform and wondering when the subway will come could soon be a thing of the past in the Boston area for many MBTA riders.
The T announced today that smartphone apps are available for riders on the Red, Orange, and Blue lines that will tell riders where the trains are and when they will arrive -- eliminating the suspense, if not the wait.
The MBTA recently released streams of real-time data on train locations to software developers.
The developers quickly created a number of different smartphone applications, including: CatchtheT for the iPhone at catchthet.com; BostonBusMap for the Android at citygoround.org/apps/bostonbusmap; MBTAinfo for Mobile Web, which works for the Blackberry, at mbtainfo.com; and Excursion Boston for the iPhone at excursionboston.com/index.htm. Another 18 real-time apps for MBTA subway trains or buses are available at mbta.com.
“We’re very excited,” said MBTA General Manager Richard Davey. “Upon releasing [the information], the developers' community took it and immediately turned around in developing these applications.”
Davey said the next phase is to apply it to the commuter rail system sometime after Jan. 1. The Green Line doesn't use the same tracking system that the other lines use so real-time apps for that line are further down the road.
The MBTA had already released real-time arrival information for MBTA buses, which developers quickly made available on smartphone apps and websites.
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