Best Subway App (2013)

Embark NYC

Until all 200-plus subway stations are fully equipped with Wi-Fi and cell reception, Embark NYC remains a straphanger's trustiest companion. Unlike Google Maps or HopStop, Embark won't automatically reload, losing everything in the process, if you try to access the map or plan a trip while underground. You can select a particular station to see which trains are expected when, right down to the minute. It will also send notifications about service delays or interruptions, with information on how long the delay will be, and what, if any, alternatives are available—but only during commute hours on weekdays, so it won't annoy or overwhelm. Embark is so fantastic that Apple didn't even bother trying to imitate it. The tech behemoth purchased the company outright to help make its own maps app better.


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