This is NYC SEE, my app which guides NYC subway riders to the nearest entrance. If they are having mobile difficulties, it can also help them navigate to the closest working elevator and/or escalator. This app is intended for all people, and it can display information about inactivity before riders make the trip. Users may also be able to scroll to their destination and see if the elevators or escalators there are functioning. It is my hope that the people of this great city find use for my project, as I am very excited about it and I want users to gain more utility when using their smartphones and the NYC subway.
There are so many who I would like to thank for your inspiration and support, namely Ken Murayama, Michael Batal, Barnabus Wolf, Orta Therox, Joe Burgess, Michael Deissig, Al Tyus, Zeke Abuhoff, Eugene Yee, Yi Young Yeun, Chris Gonzales, Flatiron School, Lynda.com, Teamtreehouse, NSScreencast, NYPL, FPPL, Mom, Granny, my wife, and my son.
This app has been updated by Apple to use the latest Apple signing certificate.
Pull to Refresh added to Service Changes
other bug fixes & enhancements
Ratings and Reviews
Already Handy, with room to improve
This is a fine idea and will already be useful to many, especially those who have problems with stairs.
The first and most obvious improvement would be to also include the actual subway map. If that's not possible, then alternatively (or in addition, for that matter) use a version of the base street map that includes the lines for each subway route.
Secondly, although the symbols are mostly pretty obvious, it wouldn't hurt to include a key. For example, there's a non-obvious symbol at Mets-Willets Point Blvd. It looks like a blue door with a window in it. Does it mean that the stairs down from the platforms are separated from the outdoors by swinging doors? Having been there, that would be my guess, but a stranger to the station would have no clue.
I like that there are little building icons to show where subway entrances are built into buildings, but the designer has neglected to include the subway entrances (and escalator and elevator!) _inside_ Grand Central Terminal.
Finally, and most urgently, the app needs a location button the user can tap to re-center the map on their current location. Since the app _does_ initially open at your current location, the workaround for now is to quit the app and then restart it.
I commend the developer for offering this useful app for free, and for keeping it so small. I look forward to its improvement, and will already be recommending it.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for using my app and the suggestions, Jophan!
Currently, we are working on building subway routes onto the map so the user can view the subway lines relative to their location.
I understand your confusion regarding the door at Mets-Willets Point. The data regarding subway exits are direct from the MTA, meaning the door is just that- a door! It may be an attempt by the MTA to encourage wheelchair access, we will have to examine this and find out if that is the case.
The MTA has not given location access from inside other buildings, such as Grand Central Terminal, or Penn Station. The exits only visualize street to subway.
There is a button over the map icon titled 'Find Me' which will return the user to their location. In a future release we will make the button more prominent giving it a different background than the map.
Thank you again for the suggestions and we appreciate you taking the time to share this feedback!
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- Michael Vilabrera
- 2.3 MB
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.