The Best NYC iPhone Apps for Greener Transit

Ride this City app

It comes naturally to New Yorkers to be green travelers. We don’t do sitting in traffic, we do platform standing and pedaling around stopped cars. But traversing the urban grid this way, whether for the good of the planet or the sake of punctuality, can sometimes become such a stressful experience that you find yourself wishing you just had an easy car commute to work or a car to get you to the start of that great bike ride.

So to help avoid any naughty thoughts of purchasing non-environmental modes of transportation, here are seven iPhone apps we use on a daily basis to make our busy lives more efficient and fun all around. 

Subways and Trains

ExitStrategy | exitstrategynyc.com | $4.99
Where to stand on the platform to optimize your subway ride for the shortest time.

CityTransit | magnetismstudios.com | $2.99
Includes maps for Subway, Bus, Metro-North, and LIRR.

iTrans | itrans.info | $.99-$3.99
Apps for MTA, NJ Transit and PATH schedules and route planning. Includes service advisories and walking directions. No internet connection needed.

Biking

iMapMyRide | imapmy.com | Free
Log and track your bike rides – distance, speed, route, etc.

RideTheCity | ridethecity.com | $1.99
Follow tips from avid cyclists who know the best low-traffic and bike-friendly streets to turn onto. Includes heart rate monitor, social activity feed, GPS distance tracking, split times.

Cabs

CabSense NYC | cabsense.com | Free
Now there is a cab whenever you need it with this app that analyzes GPS data from taxis to help find the best place to catch a cab.

Road Trips, If You Must Drive

ZipCar | zipcar.com/iphone | Free
This app lets you locate and reserve Zipcars, and even includes a virtual key fob to unlock and honk your car’s horn.

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Comment(4)

  • JSibley
    November 16, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Great suggestions.
    Thanks.

  • Xcd2xs
    February 18, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    As a commuter to NYC, I also use Brayne Trainz: Metro-North.
    Accurate, up to date, easy to use, and vastly superior to others I’ve tried. Truly a quality application for the daily commuter!
    YouTube demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAWwN998hnc
    iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/brayne-trainz-metro-north/id380838205?mt=8

  • luis
    August 24, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I use allSchedules. I use it for NYC, New Jersey and Baltimore (when I visit my parents). The map search is very cool!
    They have a support site where you can see all the cities they support: http://allschedulesapp.com/

  • HP
    September 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    One of the better iOS apps in the market for details related to PATH Transit.

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/path-transit/id545154124?mt=8

    Do check it out

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