Miracle on 34th St.: Buses Get ETA Countdown Clocks


nyc-busWhen will that crosstown bus arrive? A pilot program on Manhattan’s 34th street tells you exactly how many minutes. The city and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority unveiled the new bus shelters today. They have LED signs that tell riders when the next bus is coming.

The program is being tested at eight bus shelters serving two 34th street bus lines, which carry 17,000 passengers a day.

Officials say they will evaluate how well it works for six months before deciding whether to expand it to other bus lines.

The times on the lighted signs are updated every 30 seconds, using GPS satellite technology aboard the buses. The pilot program is being conducted at no cost to the city or the MTA, with all the test equipment donated.

(AP/1010 WINS/Matzav.com Newscenter}


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