August 31, By Tara Law
The MTA has completed its installation of countdown clocks in all stations along the G and E trains, the agency announced today.
The completion of the clocks on those lines is part of the MTA’s goal of having clocks in all lettered-line stations by the end of 2017.
The G train takes commuters from Long Island City through Brooklyn, while the E train from Jamaica to the Financial District.
The installation is also part of the MTA’s Subway Action Plan, which is intended to stabilize and improve subway service. The plan aims to improve communications with riders, and to keep straphangers informed of regular service, delays and emergencies.
“The days when customers on our lettered lines are forced to peer down a subway platform looking for headlights will soon be over,” said MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota.
The arrival information is displayed on LCD display screens.
The new clocks feature beacon technology, which involves planting low-energy beacons on each train set and two receivers on each platform.
With the installation of the clocks on the G and E trains, a total of 296 stations of the 472 stations systemwide now have countdown clocks. The 7 line will be getting countdown clocks later this year, according to the MTA.