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City Council Funds New Countdown Clocks for Buses

Monday, June 30, 2014

An M11 NYC MTA bus (Kate Hinds/WNYC)

Transit advocates are praising members of the New York City Council for allocating almost $2.8 million dollars in the budget that was just approved for countdown clocks at bus stops.

Riders Alliance says the funds are enough to install more than 100 of the clocks at stops in all five boroughs. There are already clocks at two locations on Staten Island.

All of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's buses have been fitted with GPS devices. The clocks would use data from the GPS devices to let riders know how far away the buses are from their stops.

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tcw

Consider a cheaper solution - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuxFFkXVmHCtoX86pp9JGkA

Jul. 30 2014 02:29 PM
Steve from SI, NY

not everyone has a smart phone...so when I walk close to one of these stops or I am dropping someone off, we'll know immediately when the bus is to come. Great idea, and affordable!

Jul. 02 2014 02:11 PM
Elena from Brooklyn

Seriously?!! http://bustime.mta.info/m/ works just great.
So let me get this straight, instead of funding for more frequent bus access we find for redundant bus GPS notification?
Ridiculous.

Jun. 30 2014 09:52 AM
Robert from Manhattan

What you may not realise is that these clocks save people time and thus keep everyone productive. Instead of waiting around for half an hour (in the rain or cold) I could be shopping locally, attending a business meeting or getting children to/from school. What's more these clocks are in most major cities in Europe and Asia. It's a small investment and they last many years with extremely low maintenance costs. NYC can't afford to remain in the 1970s in regards to its transport infrastructure. We need to stay competitive and modern. Plus (I may be hoping too much here) these clocks could provide more incentive for the MTA to keep busses on schedule as riders will know immediately when they are late, as opposed to having to find an out of date paper schedule.

Jun. 30 2014 09:51 AM
Shepsl from Queens

Why is this coming out of NTC taxpayer pockets? The MTA spends billions in Manhattan to benefit intra-borough and suburban riders, meanwhile skimping on infrastructure maintenance outside Manhattan. Let the MTA spring for that mere $2.3 million and leave taxpayer dollars for real needs.

Jun. 30 2014 08:13 AM
ayala from nj

What a waste of money

Jun. 30 2014 08:04 AM
SM

$28,000/clock.

That is all.

Jun. 30 2014 07:08 AM

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