2017-07-26 / Features

Bus Countdown Clocks Being Installed Across Astoria


Councilman Costa Constantinides and Department of Transportation Queens Borough Commissioner Nicole Garcia announced the installation of MTA Bus Time signs at 10 locations in Astoria, like this one on Steinway Street and 30th Avenue. The funding for these signs came from participatory budgeting in Constantinides’ district. Councilman Costa Constantinides and Department of Transportation Queens Borough Commissioner Nicole Garcia announced the installation of MTA Bus Time signs at 10 locations in Astoria, like this one on Steinway Street and 30th Avenue. The funding for these signs came from participatory budgeting in Constantinides’ district. Councilman Costa Constantinides and Department of Transportation Queens Borough Commissioner Nicole Garcia announced on July 24 the installation of MTA Bus Time signs in Astoria. The funding for these signs came from participatory budgeting in Constantinides’ district.

The signs are currently being installed at 10 bus stops throughout Astoria. The signs utilize existing GPS-based bus tracking technology, called MTA Bus Time, which provides riders with real-time arrival information for city buses, and projects this data onto an easy-to-see LED display. With the push of a button, the signs also provide audible announcements for riders with visual impairments as an alternative to the LED information displayed.

Signs are or will soon be operational at the following bus stops:

Constantinides said, “Throughout the participatory budgeting process, we heard from community members how important public transit was to them. RTPI bus countdown clocks provide much-needed information to bus riders and help make bus travel more efficient. Astorians showed how much they wanted these clocks installed in our neighborhood during participatory budgeting. We are excited to implement this project and help make public transit in Astoria easier and more convenient.”

“The new Bus Time signs coming online here at Steinway Street and 30th Avenue and at other locations give riders valuable information when they are at the stops and count on real-time arrival information the most,” said Commissioner Nicole Garcia. “We thank Council Member Constantinides for funding these installations and expanding an important technology upgrade so the service improves the transit experience for even more New Yorkers.”

For more information, visit council.nyc.gov/costa.

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