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New York MTA installs train arrival displays [free access]

September 6, 2017

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has installed real-time train arrival displays on the subway Line E and G stations as part of the Subway Action Plan. The new LCD displays utilise beacon technology, which involves low-energy Bluetooth beacons on trains and platforms.


The beacon technology has already been deployed on Lines C and R and involves placing four low-energy Bluetooth beacons on each train set and two receivers on each platform. The addition of countdown clocks to Lines E and G brings the total number of stations with countdown clocks to 296. This includes 156 stations on the numbered lines and 24 stations on Line L, which are connected with the communications-based train control (CBTC) signalling system. Line 7 will also be equipped with countdown clocks after the installation of CBTC is completed later this year.