Slated for Ten of the Borough’s Busiest Bus Stops

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz announced an allocation of $200,000 of her Fiscal Year 2016 discretionary capital funds to the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) toward the purchase and installation of real-time bus countdown clocks at ten of the borough’s busiest bus stops.

“Our Borough’s growth and mobility depends on reliable mass transit,” said Borough President KATZ. “Countdown clocks eliminate the anxiety of waiting for the unknown, a feeling familiar to every traveler. They’ll add more predictability to any commute and will be a boon for thousands of riders in a borough that boasts some of the longest commutes to and from work.”

“I’d like to thank Borough President Katz for committing valuable funds to this very important transportation investment,” said DOT Commissioner POLLY TROTTENBERG. “Bus countdown clocks make a real difference in real time for customers and we look forward to the program expanding in Queens and beyond.”

The DOT, which manages the physical infrastructure of bus stops, is in the process of analyzing bus stops in Queens and citywide to determine locations that would benefit the most from the real-time passenger information signs.  Factors that inform this process include ridership levels, the number of bus-to-bus and bus-to-subway transfers, proximity to key facilities (such as hospitals, schools and senior centers) and the surrounding neighborhood’s level of dependency on bus service. Bus stops are also being evaluated based on feasibility constraints at the potential installation sites.

The final locations for the ten bus countdown clocks will be determined in consultation with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority/New York City Transit and Borough President Katz. The estimated cost per countdown clock is approximately $20,000, although the actual cost may vary depending based on terms of the contract award and individual site conditions. The ten countdown clocks are projected to be installed and activated in 2017.


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