SEPTA finally has its own mobile phone app. For now, it only works on iPhones.
The SEPTA app for iPhone is a quicker, simpler way of accessing information already available on the transit authority’s website. It allows commuters to see if a train or bus is running on time, said Michael Zaleski, SEPTA’s director of emerging and specialty technology.
“If you are looking at schedules and, say, real-time bus locations, you have to click around to click on those features,” he said. “This puts them in one location that is quick and easy to navigate.” Zaleski says the app was the brainchild of a SEPTA intern. After the internship, he “left for a higher-paying job,” Zaleski said. “We have a full-time developer who took the application that was started by the intern, completed it and optimized it.” An Android version of the app should be ready by spring. SEPTA also is expanding free Wi-Fi access at stations throughout the transit system, but not on board its fleet.