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Exit Strategy NYC Archive
At the MTA developer conference last night, Jonathan Wegener, the founder of mobile app Exit Strategy NYC presented his transit application. We covered the 1.0 release of Exit Strategy on InsideTransit last summer. It’s one of my favorite transit apps even though I don’t have a device that can run the app.
The first version of Exit Strategy told you where to stand on a subway platform to get you as close as possible to your desired exit at your destination. Let’s say you are planning to take the 1 train northbound from 14th street to 50th street. You get to the platform at 14th street and are standing where the first car will stop. You wait 6 minutes for a train and when the train arrives you board the first car. When you exit at 50th street you realize the only exit on the platform is at the complete other end of the train. Had you known this in advance, you easily could have walked the length of the train while waiting at 14th street and thereby maximized your time when you arrived at your destination. Many railfans like myself know the exits but for the average rider, Exit Strategy NYC is a must have.
The new 2.0 version adds what they call, “Enter Strategy”. Basically what they have done is integrate the neighborhood maps the MTA creates that show you where the subway entrances near a station. These maps are typically located near the token booth clerks at each station. With the new Exit Strategy NYC, the maps are loaded into the app and can be accessed underground.
Exit Strategy NYC is available for the iPhone at a cost of $4.99. They have lite versions available for the Blackberry, Android and the Kindle.
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