MTA quits countdown clocks in favor of 'Bus Time'

December 11, 2012 3:28:46 AM PST
Time has run out for New York City bus riders hoping to rely on countdown clocks. The MTA is reportedly giving up on posting electronic message boards that show bus arrival times.

The decision to give up on the idea was made quite some time ago, but now the MTA has said what is coming next. Instead, the focus will be on Bus Time, which allows riders to track the buses using their computers and smartphones.

It is expected to be available systemwide by the end of this year.

The MTA abandoned the idea of countdown clocks at the bus shelters because of the high cost and the inaccuracy of the posted arrival times. Now, officials are moving forward with the Bus Time program.

Riders will be able to tell where the bus is, not necessarily the time it will arrive, before they leave their homes by checking in with the MTA.

Some people are concerned because there a number of senior citizens and people in low-income areas who don't have computers or smartphones.


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