Ask Alexa when the next train is coming to your NYC MTA L train stop, and listen to the current L train status. This app is simply for asking Alexa when the next L train is coming in a particular direction. For example, if you commute to work or school from Brooklyn to Manhattan everyday, Alexa will always be prepared to tell you when the next train is coming, and if there is any service changes you need to know about. After Alexa has guided you through the basic setup, you will get the next two trains that are on their way.
Your first time using The L Train, you will be walked through setting up your first train stop, and the direction on the train you regularly travel. If this is your first time using The L Train, you can just ask the L train when its coming by saying “Alexa, ask the L Train when it’s coming”. Alexa will than ask you for the L train station you use the most. Example stations are; Jefferson Street, 3rd Avenue or Lorimer Street. After your station is recognized, Alexa will ask you for what direction you regularly travel. Example directions are; Towards Manhattan, Towards Brooklyn, West, East, Canarsie or To Eight Ave. Once we have all your settings, whenever you ask The L Train when its coming, you will get precise times to help you schedule your departure.
If you would like to reset your settings, you can simply say “Alexa, ask The L train to reset settings”. This will walk you through the startup process. If you fail to complete the startup process, you will be prompted to complete it on next use.
Once you are all setup, you can always just say “Alexa ask the L Train” or “Alexa open the L Train”, or even “Alexa run the L Train” to get your train times in the fastest way possible. But you an always use more complete phrasing like, “Alexa, ask the L Train when it’s coming?”.
This skill works for every L train stop in New York City, including Brooklyn and Queens.
If you need any help please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org (please be sure to check your email spam folder)
For hands on demonstrations and how-to videos, visit us at https://www.youtube.com/AskMyBuddy
There are 2 parts to setting up Ask My Buddy. Enable and Link Accounts, here in the Alexa companion application. Add/Edit Contacts at the AskMyBuddy.net website.
Enable Ask My Buddy:
1. Click on Enable Skill button on this page
Link Alexa and Ask My Buddy:
2. Then tap on the button that says Link Account (will be below a button that says Disable)
(if on a desktop and don’t see the login, check here: https://www.askmybuddy.net/help.php#h.qejfgul34bhk_New2)
3. The Ask My Buddy Login page will display
If you have not created an Ask My Buddy account yet,
a. Scroll down a little and press the button that says Register.
b. Enter your information and then press the Register button at the bottom.
c. After you Register, be sure to check your email for a Welcome letter from us. If you do not see an email from us, please check your spam folder.
If you already have an account with Ask My Buddy or just Registered,
7. Enter your email and password
8. Press Login
9. A screen should display saying ‘Account linking successful’
You may now exit the Alexa companion application and go to www.AskMyBuddy.net to add your Contacts.
In your internet browser, go to www.askmybuddy.net,
Click on the Login menu item (if you are on a mobile device, tap on the 3 lines in the upper left corner).
Enter the login information that you used when you registered (email and password) then press Login button.
Once logged in you will be at the Settings page.
Enter any additional information, then press Save Changes
Select menu item Contacts from the menu at the top (mobile device, tap the 3 lines in the upper left corner)
Fill in each field for a contact then click the Save Changes button at the bottom. Always press Save Changes after each new contact is entered. If there are any errors you will see them in the blue title bar area.
Once complete you are ready to use Ask My Buddy.
Talk to your Alexa device and say, ‘Alexa, Ask My Buddy to Alert Bob’ (instead of Bob use the first name of the contact you added). Alexa will alert that person and let you know that she did.
To alert all of your contacts at once say:
Alexa Ask My Buddy to Alert All
Alexa Ask My Buddy to Alert Everyone
Alexa Ask My Buddy to Alert Everybody
Alexa Ask My Buddy to Alert My Family
Alexa Ask My Buddy to Send Help
To alert only one contact say:
Alexa Ask My Buddy to Alert yourContactFirstName
Ask My Buddy is a free service that leverages the Alexa Voice Platform to connect a user to their Personal Alert Network using only their voice.
Ask My Buddy is not a substitute for 911, but rather an additional tool offering the security of knowing help is just a shout away. ‘Alexa, Ask My Buddy to Alert Everyone’
Look for the monthly newsletter to learn about new names to alert – to help you and your Personal Alert Network stay in practice.
“Alexa, ask the L Train when it’s coming?”
“Alexa, open the L Train.”
“Alexa, ask the L Train to reset settings.”