Critics Question MTA's Countdown Clocks

Friday, December 04, 2009

An influential Long Island lawmaker is criticizing the MTA's decision to install countdown clocks throughout the bus and subway system.

At a hearing yesterday on the authority's capital plan, State Senator Craig Johnson said he had a tough enough time voting for a new payroll tax this spring to bail out the MTA.

"I just don't see how we can justify that right now. I have constituents that are screaming about the MTA payroll tax, screaming about it," Johnson says.

The new MTA chairman, Jay Walder, is making the clocks a top priority for buses, so that riders will know how long they have to wait. He says the clocks will make the system easier and friendlier to use.

"The difficulties created by the lack of information harm two and a half million people in the way that they are utilizing the system," Walder says.

The MTA has about $80 million set aside in its capital plans to bring countdown clocks to bus stops. The city and the MTA are running a pilot program for buses along 34th street.

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SteveH from B'klyn/UWS

FLUFF, that's what this proposal for new flashing lights amounts to, at a time when the MTA has just raised fares again, plans massive service decreases, and in addition says they are in need of being bailed out.

Clearly just another indication of the wrong headed incompetency that got the MTA into this situation, especially with a new president.

What's wrong with a POSTED SCHEDULE of the timetable at the entrance to and on the platform at all stations?
It's lots cheaper, requires a lot less upkeep, and is NOT dependent on an expensive computerized system, which when the "SYSTEM" is being updated or has to be taken out of service.

Then there is the EXCESS MONEY saved can be used for MAINTAIN


Jan. 17 2010 10:20 AM

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