The MTA developed an app to help essential workers get around during nightly subway closures

The app is called Essential Connector, and it was developed by Switzerland-based software company Axon Vibe. The company is also a participant in the MTA’s “transit tech lab” accelerator program that uses cellphone data, sensors, and cameras to find solutions to overcrowded subway platforms and ineffective bus lanes…

The app, which is now available in Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store, helps essential workers find a bus using the MTA’s enhanced evening schedule, or if that’s not convenient, book a free taxi trip. The home screen shows a map of the city with bus stations. Tapping a station allows the user to see live bus and train departures, including the last train arrivals of the night and available buses nearby. Over time, the map will become “personalized,” highlighting the stops the user visits most often, making trip planning faster and easier.