When my colleague Josh Lowensohn wrote his original and well-received iPhone armed with the CityTransit NYC Subway Guide by Magnetism Studios. I put it to heavy use during my stay and definitely thought it was worth the $2.99 price. Here's why.blog, I agreed with most of his picks. Yet there was one application with which I rather sheepishly had to take issue. I love maps of all kinds so I was dismayed when I found "public transit maps" in the No. 8 slot. Yes, Josh makes good arguments that transit maps are free online, and that you can plan your route before you leave the house, but I thought it sounded like a cool idea. So, during a trip to New York City last week, I packed CNET's
Don't look like a tourist
I know New York somewhat well, but if I need to get from 39th Avenue in Long Island City to 14th Street in Manhattan, I'll need to look at a subway map to do so. While I can plan out the route before hand, my short-term memory seems to vanish while on vacation. With the complete subway maps on my
You also can look at a list of all stops on each line--very useful if you get on an express train accidentally. My only suggestion is that you can't zoom in on the maps very far. And even when you can zoom in, the maps can be blurry.
Accuracy and information
Other New York Subway applications are available, but user reviews on
More than just the subway
Not that I ever plan to take the bus in Manhattan, but if I do, the CityTransit application shows all bus lines on the island. It also offers maps of Metro North trains and the Long Island Railroad. New Jersey Transit would be nice as well, but the omission is understandable since that system is not operated by the MTA.
With a GPS connection you can check which subway stops are close to your current location. Though I didn't use this feature that much, it's still a nifty option.
Just for fun
The last feature--an antique subway map circa 1948--is more fun than functional. Though it can get you where you want to go in some cases, its real appeal is seeing how the underground of Manhattan of sixty years ago differs from that of today.
Transit maps are available for other cities including San Francisco, Chicago, New Jersey, London, Sydney, and Washington DC. Just be aware that not all the applications are made by Magnetism Studios so their quality will vary. I haven't had the opportunity to try them for myself yet, but as far as CityTransit for New York goes, I'm sold.