Train arrival signs coming soon to a station near you
Digital train arrival boards now used on the L line will start popping up elsewhere in the system, with nearly all of the stations on the numbered lines getting the screens by 2011, NYC Transit officials said Monday.
The boards announcing the next arriving train will be hung on subway platforms in a total of 152 stations, starting with three No. 6 stations in the Bronx later this year.
“The focus now is very narrowly, and I think appropriately, on customer information,” said MTA chief Jay Walder.
The work is more than three years late and $39 million over budget, according to agency documents. Officials could not say when the lettered lines would get the boards, but are looking to roll them out quicker.
In other technology news, the MTA is studying how to send real time bus arrival information to riders’ mobile devices and provide access to a Google map showing vehicle locations. The agency is considering the features to enhance a pilot program currently being run that provides arrival times at bus shelters on 34th Street. The MTA wants to expand the pilot to 50th Street bus shelters.