Real Time Electronic Signs Show When Next Bus is Due

By Nicholas Rizzi on December 10, 2013 8:40am 

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 The DOT installed two electronic bus signs in Staten Island that tells riders how many stops away a bus is.
Staten Island Electronic Bus Signs
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STAPLETON — Real-time electronic signs are taking the guesswork out of waiting for a Staten Island bus.

DOT-installed signs at two stops in the borough let riders know how far away the next bus is.

"These signs give Staten Island’s bus riders the info they need to take the guesswork out of when the next bus will arrive," said Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.

"It’s another example of our great partnership with Borough President [James] Molinaro to make it easier for Staten Islanders to get around."

The solar-powered fixtures were placed at the Bay and Prospect streets stop in Stapleton and the Hylan Boulevard and Reno Avenue stop in Oakwood. The devices provide a digital readout showing how many stops away each bus is.

The DOT worked with the MTA to track buses by GPS and show their locations along the routes.

If the signs work well, the DOT has received funding from Molinaro to install them at other stops in the borough, as well as funding from Councilwoman Debi Rose, DOT officials said.

The agency also received funds from Councilman Brad Lander to install them in Brooklyn if the initial pilot program is successful.

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