Next Train

Next Train

Developer

Architoon LLC

Languages

English (US)

Activation Phrases

"Alexa, ask Next Train from Millbrae California to San Francisco"
"Alexa, ask Next Train to set Millbrae California as preferred origin"
"Alexa, ask Next Train for return by 7 pm"

Description

Next Train will give you arrival and departure information for most commuter trains in the USA. The intent is to have it be an easy reference for a frequented route which you can set.

Common Usage:
Alexa, ask Next Train from Trenton New Jersey to New York City
Alexa, ask Next Train to set Trenton New Jersey as my origin
Alexa, ask Next Train to set New York City as my destination
Alexa, ask Next Train
Alexa, ask Next Train for schedule
Alexa, ask Next Train for schedule in 2 hours
Alexa, ask Next Train for return schedule at 5 pm
Alexa, ask Next Train for return by 7 pm
Alexa, ask Next Train in 2 hrs
Alexa, ask Next Train for this Sunday at 11 am

Travel between major non-USA cities is also covered, eg:
Alexa, ask Next Train from London to Paris
Alexa, ask Next Train from Berlin to Moscow

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Setup:
This skill works best when you set a preferred departure and destination, and there is a brief setup on your first use of the skill.

If no stations come up for your zip code, please try the city and state instead. The zip can let you choose from upto three stations.
“Alexa, ask Next Train to set Metuchen, New Jersey as my origin”

to set your preferred destination, please say:
“Alexa, ask Next Train to set Boston as my preferred destination”

Thereafter, if you ask “Alexa, open Next Train”, the time for the next departure is read out

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“Alexa, ask Next Train for schedule”
“Alexa, ask Next Train for schedule in three hours”
“Alexa, ask Next Train for schedule on Sunday at 7 am”
– this will give the immediate next three trains on your route, or at the designated time

“Alexa, ask Next Train after that”
– will give the next train from the last departure time that was read out.

“Alexa, ask Next Train before that”
– will give the train previous to the last departure time that was read out

“Alexa, ask Next Train for return schedule by 7 pm”
“Alexa, ask Next Train for return by 7 pm”
– find a train to get you back to your departure station the closest time to but not after 7 pm

“Alexa, ask Next Train to Return at 7 pm”
– find a train that leaves your preferred destination the closest time after 7 pm

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Other commands:

“Alexa, Next Train in 3 hours”
“Alexa, Next Train reaching by 2 hours 30 minutes”

“Alexa, ask next train to ignore Amtrak”
– Some stations are served both by regional rail as well as Amtrak, and the usual preference for daily commuters is to skip the Amtrak train. Please use this command to ignore Amtrak, applicable only to your preferred route
– Alternatively, you can also say “After that” to simply skip a schedule that may include Amtrak

“Alexa, ask next train to include Amtrak”
– this will re-include Amtrak in your preferred route

Alexa, ask Next Train what are my favorites
Alexa, ask Next Train to clear favorites

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Notes:
– Unless its a major city (eg, Chicago, San Francisco), please always use a city and state (eg, Millbrae, California or Edison, New Jersey), rather than just the city
– City subway lines that extend out to the suburbs are excluded, eg, BART or WMTA or NYC MTA. That feature requires a premium API subscription, which we cannot afford.

Tested with NJ Transit, Metro North, Long Island Rail Road, Caltrain, Metra, SEPTA

Please send feedback to [email protected], and please do give us a rating.

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