Texts tell of transit trouble
Let your cell phone help you get to work.
Subway and bus riders can receive text messages and e-mails about transit delays starting today.
The MTA is allowing straphangers to customize their alerts for particular subway and bus lines. Riders can also be flagged if there are snafus on bridges, tunnels and the commuter rails.
If you know about a service disruption before you leave your home, or now, even as you are making your way to a subway or rail station or a bus stop, you can avoid the frustration of delays by seeking an alternate route, said MTA executive director, Elliot Sander.The initiative partially stemmed from the communication breakdown on Aug. 8, 2007, when millions of subway and bus riders were left stranded with little or no information during a severe storm and flood.
The new system will cost the MTA $10,000 a month.
To subscribe to the service, visit the MTA Web site, www.mta.info.