“Countdown Clocks” Coming to UWS Subway Stations

by - January 20, 2010 at 2:34 pm -

Subway riders on the 1, 2, and 3 lines will be able to find out just how much time they will have to wait for the next train as the MTA rolls out new digital display screens in subway stations in the neighborhood.

The new 72nd Street Countdown Clock.

The new 72nd Street Countdown Clock.

The MTA has installed a digital display unit, or “countdown clock,” above the downtown subway platform in the 72nd Street subway station, though it isn’t on yet.

MTA spokesman James Anyansi told us that the numbered Upper West Side lines (the 1, 2, and 3 lines, not the A, B, C, and D lines) will be getting digital displays in coming months, though he couldn’t specify when exactly they would be installed and turned on. The displays will say when the next train is arriving (see picture below) and broadcast service announcements.

The MTA is in the process of installing displays in 152 stations throughout the city, he said. They have been in use as part of a pilot program on the L line for a few years. Anyansi said he wasn’t sure whether every Upper West Side station would initially get the displays, though all of the express stations will get them (that would include 96th and 72nd Streets). (photos of 72nd Street station by Avi. photo below via MTA)

A countdown clock on the 6 line.

A countdown clock on the 6 line.

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