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One SEPTA app shuts down (iSEPTA), while another launches (SEPTA’s official Android app)

SEPTA has come a long way since iSEPTA launched in 2008.

Waiting for a train at SEPTA's Jefferson Station. (Photo by Flickr user Kyle Gradinger, used under a Creative Commons license)

One of Philly’s original SEPTA apps has shut down.

The developers behind iSEPTA, which had a six-year run, wrote on the site’s landing page that there are now “other, better options.” That wasn’t the case in 2008, when the the pioneering mobile-focused web app first launched.

SEPTA has come a long way since then. Case in point: SEPTA’s official Android app launched today.

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The Android app comes nearly a year after SEPTA released an official iPhone app. The transit authority has also since released its data so that developers can build their own SEPTA apps.

iSEPTA was built by Chris Conley, Randy Schmidt and Jason Tremblay. Conley, Monetate’s former engineering director, left Philadelphia for a job at a Silicon Valley startup and no longer wanted to maintain the site, Schmidt said. Neither did Schmidt.

So what’s Schmidt using to get SEPTA schedules now?

“Up until now I still used iSepta but I noticed Google Maps has decent schedules so I’ll probably use that,” he wrote in an email. “I still think ours was easiest even now but it _does_ show it was built 6 1/2 years ago.”

Companies: SEPTA

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