Award–winning journalist Andrea Bernstein is the Metro Editor for WNYC News. She has previously served as Political Director, Director of Transportation Nation, and Senior Reporter.
The NY MTA will pilot real-time train information on the Long Island Rail Road, the nation's largest commuter rail system.
Riders on the Port Jefferson line will be able to find where a train actually is (not when it's scheduled to arrive) on their mobile devices or desktop computers through the mta.info website.
This GPS system one-ups another real time pilot program for bus riders in Brooklyn. The LIRR plan will tell commuters, in minutes, how long until the next train arrives. The bus system on the B63 doesn't give time estimates just distance or number of stops. Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, Portland and other transit systems rolled out real time programs over the past several years.
The American Public Transit Association credits real-time information as one of the reasons transit ridership bumped up this year.
The MTA had promised to bring real time transit information to all Staten Island buses by the end of this year. It now says the service will be up and running sometime next month.