Jul
01

MTA set to reveal a redesigned website and new app on Monday

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I’m on vacation, currently in Marrakech after a week in France, so that’s why posting has gone silent. I’ll be back in the States later this week and will attempt to catch up on transit news. There’s been a lot happening lately, all worth some of our attention.

In the meantime, the MTA is finally set to unveil a new website on Monday morning along with a new app that’s supposed to unify and streamline the agency’s various online offerings. I first caught wind of this effort a few years ago and saw an early prototype of the app a few months ago. The bones for something useful were in place then, but the MTA bureaucracy has a way of stymying the best of technological intentions. The proof will be in the pudding come tomorrow.

In the meantime, read James Barron’s preview of the new app and a behind-the-scenes look at the MTA’s social media team in this Times article. It’s worth your time. I’ll have an in-depth look at the new site when in return, but feel free to share your thoughts in the comments to this post once the new site and MYmta app are public come late Monday morning.



Categories : MTA Technology

7 Responses to “MTA set to reveal a redesigned website and new app on Monday”

  1. Bobbo says:

    Did you take the Marrakesh Express?

  2. Roy says:

    Why does the MTA have to delay the launch of the app until after rush hour?

  3. Webster says:

    The website looks pretty decent. Should continue to be tweaked, though – a lot of information is unnecessarily nested in sub-menus. I haven’t checked it out on mobile, however.

    On another note, why can’t they just allow you to purchase bus tickets/passes within the app and just display it to the driver? It’s so simple….could be done NOW, before implementing the new fare payment technologies.

    • sonicboy678 says:

      Patience, young grasshopper.

      It’s better to keep the fare media as uniform as possible, especially since the idea is to have several different media use one system.

      • Webster says:

        I get and support that. I just figured – since they’re rolling this out for LIRR (and MNR?) – they could add it as an option for bus riders, as well?

        I don’t believe it would require installing much of anything nor replacing existing fare machines…it would make life so much easier and make the next step toward the new fare media less drastic.

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