Wednesday, March 10, 2010

ETAs for NY Subways

Posted By on Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 1:47 PM

New York's subway system is getting high-tech. Or maybe just tech.

The New York subway system recently installed digital L.E.D. displays to give riders real-time info on when exactly their train or bus would reach the station or stop.

From the NYT earlier this week:

Electronic arrival-time clocks, a convenience long enjoyed by users of mass transit in London, Paris and Washington, are starting to trickle into New York City’s labyrinthine transportation network, part of a recent push to bring 21st-century technology to a system that runs very much as it did on its first day more than a century ago.

Officials at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority say the clocks will revolutionize the way New Yorkers get around, soothing the usual anxieties that come with waiting for a bus or train that might never arrive.

Though a subway tracking system and GPS-based bus timers cost millions of dollars, a potential vendor covered the cost for three pilot programs. Installation was around $20,000.

Might I suggest we figure out who the vendor is and give them a call?

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