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Press Release
July 3, 2013
Free Grand Central Terminal App Merges MTA Service Details with Information on Retail Merchants
Find Your Train, and Learn About Deals, Discounts and Events


Commuters and visitors heading in and out of New York City will now have the world’s largest train Terminal at their fingertips, with the most up-to-date commuter rail schedule available on mobile devices, as MTA and Metro-North Railroad today launched the official app for Grand Central Terminal. Originally opened in 1913, the iconic train terminal is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year.

Available in both Android and iPhone marketplaces at no cost, the Grand Central app is the only one that seamlessly integrates real-time Metro-North train status and track updates, along with the definitive guide to Grand Central’s retail, dining and event locations.

“There is so much to learn about and explore within the walls of Grand Central Terminal,” said Howard Permut, President of MTA Metro-North Railroad. “Now, the more than 750,000 daily visitors will be able to get personalized news and updates about Metro-North trains and Grand Central’s stores, restaurants, and events, all in one place on their mobile device.”

In addition, the app will allow users to see the schedule and track assignment for their station/line and add commuter rail lines as “favorites” for easy access to real-time trip information; access exclusive offers from Grand Central Terminal retail shops, including Grand Central Market; explore the retail map and find places to eat, shop, have a cocktail, grab a snack, run an errand, and more; receive complete information on the latest Terminal events; and learn about 100 years of Terminal history using the interactive timeline.

For more information or to download the app, please visit

About Grand Central Terminal

MTA Metro-North Railroad is the steward of Grand Central Terminal, which stands as one of America’s greatest transportation hubs and one of New York City’s most iconic buildings. It is both a national landmark and an international example of the success that can be achieved giving new life to a historic building that otherwise may have been destroyed. Over the course of a colorful and vibrant 100-year history, Grand Central has gone from being among the 20th Century’s most significant start and end points for long-distance rail travel, to being the flagship home of MTA Metro-North Railroad and a global destination for commuters, tourists and residents alike.  The Grand Central “brand” reflects the remarkable caliber of services in the Terminal, including boutique restaurants and cocktail lounges, a gourmet market, and many specialty shops.  It draws more than 750,000 national and international visitors each day and wows them with its varied offerings and tour programs.  Storied Vanderbilt Hall, once the waiting room for long-distance travelers, is among the most-desired public event spaces in the city.