Subway Countdown Clocks Are Coming...Eventually

L Trains Already Use Countdowns

L Trains Already Use Countdowns

Not long ago the city began a project to install countdown clocks on many of the city’s subway stations to help travelers. As one can imagine, the project has quickly become late and over budget.

According to the New York Times, the MTA plans to spend $200 million to install countdown clocks in all “numbered train line stations.” The project will be done on top of the original plan to just put countdown clocks along the 7 line, a project that is three-years late and more than $30 million over budget according to the New York Times.

Interestingly, the L train has had countdown clocks operating for years on many of their stations and a couple of L train stations even have real time tracking of where the trains are at all times.

The city has also been installing similar countdown clocks along the M50 bus line.

The MTA hopes to soon have a system that will alert passengers of the arrival times of buses and trains through their cell phone but knowing the MTA, that won’t come to fruition for decades.

Although the original countdown clocks along the numbered lines were originally estimated to be completed by the end of 2010, new (temporary) estimates now expect it done by the middle of 2011.

Lettered train lines won’t have countdown clocks installed along their stations for at least another five years.

Most other major metropolitan transit systems have already been using countdown clocks for years.

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