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Next Up for Real Time Bus Information is the Bronx
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Following on the heels of Staten Island, the Bronx will become the second of New York’s five boroughs to get real-time bus information.
New York's MTA is currently installing GPS units on the 1,025 buses that serve the borough. The agency said the service will go live sometime this year.
In a press release, MTA head Joe Lhota heralded Bus Time as a time saver (and caffeine-enabler). “Knowing how far away your next bus is means you can spend more time with your family or more time at a coffee shop instead of waiting at a bus stop in a state of uncertainty,” he said. “About 90% of our customers carry text-message enabled cell phones, so this is a big step forward to help make the lives of our customers a lot easier.”
This technology debuted on Brooklyn’s B63 last year and went live on all buses in Staten Island earlier this month.
The MTA’s press release enigmatically states: “the next borough will also come online in 2012,” leaving two more boroughs — which the MTA says will get Bus Time by 2013.
Want to read more about Bus Time? TN’s field test of Staten Island’s system is here.