|New clocks tell riders when, where buses will arrive.
The M16 bus pulled up just as the LED sign read, “DUE.” The next M16 was 8 minutes away, followed by an M34 in 11 minutes. It was 12:55 p.m. and 85 degrees.
These details were on the new electronic sign mounted on the side of a bus shelter yesterday, one of eight on 34th Street that are part of a six-month pilot to provide bus arrival information updated every 30 seconds.
â€œWe are eliminating the question, â€˜Where is my bus?â€™â€ said Mayor Michael Bloomberg, noting that two outside technology providers were conducting the test at no charge.
Last week Bloomberg demanded that the MTA install these clocks, already in other cities. Some claimed the mayorâ€™s campaign had decided to run against the MTA, but yesterday Bloomberg stressed the city has been increasingly collaborative with the MTA on projects like bus rapid transit.
NYC Transit President Howard Roberts agreed: â€œCooperation, instead of conflict, is really the way to go,â€ he said.