While traveling by train:
Have you ever wondered where you have reached?
Did you loose track of time or your stop while reading a book or talking to a fellow passenger?
Have you ever missed your stop?
TrackMyStop was developed to make every train passenger’s journey easy, safe and relaxing and to ensure that you never ever miss your destination station stop.
TrackMyStop also aims to encourage you to take a train instead of driving or flying to save on fuel, reduce congestion on roads and also reduce carbon emissions in the process.
The developer of this App, Makarand Diwan, has been travelling for business on a regular weekly basis from Princeton Junction to Boston Route 128. On one of his trips, while coming back home, he fell asleep on a New Jersey transit train he boarded at New York Penn Station. He was jet lagged due to a recent foreign trip to Asia. He missed his destination stop, Princeton Junction, and woke up only when the train reached the next stop. The idea of this app was born on that day.
You can use TrackMyStop while traveling on train routes supported by the App. You can select your train route to view all stations on that route. You can select one of the stations on this train route as your destination stop. TrackMyStop will show you the progress of your journey. It will show you how far your current GPS location is from the destination stop. If available, the app will also show the current speed of your train and also city vicinity and state through which you are traveling.
You can select an alert distance, for example, 5 miles. TrackMyStop will alert you when you reach a location, which is within 5 miles radius from your destination stop.
At any time during your travel, you can choose to SMS your family members, friends or taxi cab driver, who are coming to give you a ride at the destination stop. The app will automatically form the SMS message showing your current location and how far you are from your selected destination. However, the SMS will be actually sent only after you press the send button. You can also use this feature to inform your family or friends about your safe arrival at your destination.
Version 3.0 of TrackMyStop supports the following train routes:
TrackMyStop recognizes all major train stations on the supported train routes and it knows the GPS coordinates of these stations.
TrackMyStop is not a turn-by-turn GPS Navigation application like the one we use in cars. Therefore, TrackMyStop neither requires your very accurate location nor does it need to calculate the distance between current location and the destination stop in terms of the actual rail miles. The App uses the distance between the current GPS coordinates of your device and the GPS coordinates of your destination station stop. When you are far away from your destination, this distance is not very accurate. However, as you travel closer to your station stop this distance becomes more and more accurate.
TrackMyStop updates the distance about every 0.5 mile/0.8 km or 1 mile/1.6 km or 2 miles/3.2 km, depending upon the tracking frequency selected.
TrackMyStop is not a tool for planning your journey. It neither knows nor uses any train schedules or advisories published by the various railroad companies or mass transit systems. However, you can still use TrackMyStop while not traveling on a train to:
Since TrackMyStop updates your location every half mile/1 mile or 2 miles depending upon your preference of tracking frequency, it calculates the radius within which your stop is only when a new location is received from your device. So it is possible that you reach the destination stop before the next location update is available to TrackMyStop from your device.
There are two ways to turn off tracking within TrackMyStop. These are:
It is recommended that you use one of these methods after you reach your destination to turn off the app and save your battery charge.
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