STATEN ISLAND — The MTA and City Councilman Vincent Ignizio on Wednesday unveiled electronic countdown clocks at four stations on the Staten Island Railway that let riders know how long it will be until their train arrives.
The signs, funded by Ignizio, will be available at four stations on the South Shore: Great Kills, Eltingville, Annadale and Huguenot.
"As a frequent Staten Island Railway rider, one of the most frustrating part of my trip is not knowing when my train is going to arrive or whether I just missed it, whether I’ll make the next scheduled ferry, and whether I’ll need to adjust my plans accordingly," Ignizio said in a statement. "These signs and this technology will provide that critical information."
The signs will also be able to display service status and notifications from the message service at the St. George Ferry Terminal.
The signs are part of a larger tracking system of the railroad funded with $675,000 from Ignizio. The project will also include development of "Subway Time," which will let riders track train arrivals from the computer, phones and tablets, and is expected to be released later this year, Ignizio said.
Currently, only one sign has been posted at each station on the St. George-bound side, but the MTA plans to install signs for the Tottenville-bound side soon.