I’m getting ready to leave my dorm, hair still wet and coffee in hand. I know my Orange Line T is officially scheduled for 8:54 a.m., but rarely does the subway actually roll into the platform at that exact time.More →
There may come a time when the wave of a smartwatch grants commuters entry to the subway. But here in Boston, that day is not upon us.
In the meanwhile, for commuters who are tired of rifling through purses and wallets for their CharlieCard as the 7:43 a.m. Red Line to Ashmont rolls out of the station, a local engineer has come up with a fix: a 3-D printed plastic dongle containing a chip that communicates with MBTA turnstiles. More →
When it comes to creating technology for cities and citizens, open-sourced data and hackathons and great, but there’s nothing like a real weather emergency to get the creative juices flowing.
The recent spate of storm-related delays and shutdowns on the MBTA have sent local designers into a creative frenzy; the latest proposal to ease the daily commute for Bostonians is an app that can predict the chance for delays and train trouble on the way to work.More →
With several weeks still left of winter, Boston commuters are bracing for more bad weather, and with that, the inevitable delays on the beleaguered T. A new Web app being billed as the “Waze for the T” aims to warn T riders of delays or service alerts by crowdsourcing updates along the lines in real time.More →
A new MBTA tracking app launched today that could make a huge difference in the lives of students and other Bostonians who rely on the Green Line as a life line to other parts of the city.
The new Greenline app is far from unique in terms of being an MBTA-focused application — there are more than 80 different MBTA mobile applications available for use — however, its creator, Alex Grinman, an MIT senior, says the new transit app is different in that it uses real-time data for the Green Line, the most technologically ignored transit line in the city.More →
Jan. 1, 1889 — Just over a century and a quarter ago, Boston and New York had themselves a choice to make: clean up their respective crowded, stinking, horse-jammed roadways with cable-based transit technology a la San Francisco, soot-belching steam trains like London’s, or go for broke with comparatively untested newfangled electric railways popping up in small experimental models around the country?
A hackathon organized by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the MBTA, and MassTech jump-started the development of a new crop of apps for public transit in Greater Boston. The results, presented in Cambridge last week, included a tracker for the Pebble smartwatch and a real-time subway tracker for the Windows phone. More →
From wailing fire engines to the piercing shrill of smoke alarms, sounds are often the first to warn us of trouble. OtoSense, a new app in the Google Play store, aims to recognize and translate these sounds and others for people with hearing loss, converting them into vibrations, flashes, and other cues that they can see or feel.More →
Alexandria, Va.-based InSite Wireless, which is currently performing the installation of wireless service on the MBTA, recently announced that they have partnered with all the major wireless providers — Sprint, AT&T, Verizon,T-Mobile, and Comcast (for WiFi) — on the project so that all mobile users will have access to the Internet and phone services while riding the T.More →