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MBTA Unveils New Countdown Clocks at Subway Stations

The MBTA’s new general manager greeted T riders Monday morning and announced additional countdown clocks at stations around the area.

Several T stations got new countdown clocks on the same day the MBTA announced its new general manager.

MBTA General Manager and Rail & Transit Administrator for MassDOT Beverly Scott greeted riders on the Blue Line platform at State Station and on the Orange Line to Chinatown Station Monday morning, while the T put online countdown clocks at 24 stations, according to an MBTA press statement.

There are now 190 clocks at 30 MBTA stations, with a majority of them servicing the Red, Orange and Blue lines, according to the statement. The clocks inform customers how long it will be before the next train arrives at a given stop.

In the statement, Scott had this to say about her first day on the job: “I am thrilled to begin work with the MBTA today. I know the T is a vital part of many peoples’ lives and I’m honored to be a part of its leadership team. I’m looking forward to getting to know our customers and helping improve their experience with us.”

Jim Smith December 18, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Dear Patch: Can you write an article on why there are no time alerts and GPS on the Green Line? I've never seen an explanation of why it works on all buses and every line but the Green Line. Thanks!
Sara Jacobi December 18, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Hi Jim, Good question! I believe I heard along the way that the technology used in the Green Line is so old they can't use GPS technology... but definitely an issue I can look into for you for a future article.
Rob December 18, 2012 at 05:55 PM
This past Sunday, I was at the orange line in Back Bay Station, and I waited 24 minutes for a train to arrive!!!! There was no time alert in the station. If there was I doubt I would have waited that long. As a NY'er living in Boston, I am horrified at the system in this city.

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