Bus Time Expands into Brooklyn

Transit advocacy group Riders Alliance is heralding an editorial by AM New York calling MTA bus schedules "a cruel joke" and lauding the MTA's delivering on its promise to expand Bus Time, its GPS tracking service, into Brooklyn and Queens by March 9.

Using Bus Time, the city's million-plus daily bus riders can locate the next bus in real time via bustime.mta.info or via text message (511123).

Having the ability to gauge the wait for the next bus allows riders more control over their commute -- to decide whether to keep waiting, grab a coffee or bail for the nearest subway stop.

For bus riders without Web or text messaging access, bus countdown clocks, which display next-bus information on electronic signboards, are now being piloted in Staten Island.

At a Manhattan rally last weekend, The Riders Alliance made a pitch to the city -- and to Mayor deBlasio -- to install bus countdown clocks citywide. The clocks, which cost $20,000 each,  aren't cheap, but installations could be limited to the major bus hubs in each borough.

The MTA has upgraded bus service in recent years, including installing GPS in 5,500 buses, at a cost of $7,200 each, to make the system more trackable.

The editorial from AMNY

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