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Update on Digital Subway Clocks: Coming Very Soon

Monday, November 16, 2009

(Mario Tama/Getty Images)

(Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Bronx subway riders on the 6 train can now start counting down the days when three of their stations will get countdown clocks, telling them when the next train will arrive. New York City Transit is promising to install the digital signs at the Longwood Avenue, Brook Avenue and 149th Street stations by year's end. The rest of the 6 line and all other numbered lines will get the countdown clocks by the end of 2010. Currently, only the L and the 34th Street bus corridor have the clocks. Software development glitches have delayed their installation in other parts of the system. The letter lines will take  several more years. Bus riders can look for the clocks next on the 49th and 50th Street stops in Manhattan, though no launch date has been announced.

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Harry Matthews

The countdown clocks can be very useful. Recently, I've been working on a special project that required me to face the L train at rush hour. I quickly discovered that a minor delay could cascade as a train crossed Brooklyn. At Lorimer Street, it was not uncommon to see a report of 8 or 9 minutes for the "next train" with a note that the following train would arrive in 10 or 11 minutes. The another in 2 or 3 minutes. As a result, many people let the hideously overcrowded first train pass and boarded the much less cramped second or third train. It slows the trip a bit, but makes for much more comfort.

Nov. 17 2009 02:39 AM

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