MTA casts net for new smart phone transit apps

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is hoping software entrepreneurs will answer the call for a fresh take on transit-related apps that will keep smart phone-toting riders informed throughout their travels. The parent organization of Metro-North Railroad this week announced MTA App Quest — a contest offering a $5,000 grand prize to the software developer that creates the best application to help rail and bus riders or motorists navigate the transit or road systems maintained by the MTA.