New York is Second City to Chicago in installing Bus Tracker

The New York-based company behind the CTA's Bus Tracker technology is installing a similar system in its own back yard -- for free.

In a pilot test, Long Island's Clever Devices will equip buses and routes along New York City's 34th Street with the satellite and GPS equipment, the New York Times reports.

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New York is taking it one step further than the CTA by installing electronic countdown display screens at bus shelters, showing the number of minutes/seconds till the next bus arrives. Eight signs will be installed along the heavily traveled 34th Street, with the arrival time information updated every 30 seconds.

New York tried to install a similar system in 2007, but the project was shelved after four months because of technical problems.

Meanwhile, back in Chicago, the CTA has encountered its own technical problems with "countdown" digital screens installed on a test basis at a few train stations. I promise an update on the progress of that fix shortly.
 

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  • The prediction should be easier, since the NYT report says that they also have a dedicated rush hour bus lane on 34th.

    Did CTA have to pay for the 20 Madison test?

  • Well, it will be a while before they get theirs up and running if Chicago is any indication. The #20 experiment ran for over a year if I recall and then the rollout took a bit of time as well.

    I look forward to hearing the solution for our digital screens and hope the rollout continues forward soon.

  • "New York is taking it one step further than the CTA by installing electronic countdown display screens at bus shelters...."

    But NYCT is not offering remote access to the system, so I'd opine that their system is primitive compared to Bus Tracker, therefore enhancing the "second city" gloat factor. Not only did we get it first; Chicago's got it better. While it might be useful to know when the next bus will arrive when you're at the stop, the beauty of CTA's system is that internet/mobile access is available to allow the rider to decide when to arrive at the bus stop.

    I noticed there's a link in the NYT report to the Bus Tracker website. I wonder how long it will be before Hilkevitch has a breaking report about the high incidence of NY-area IP addresses accessing Bus Tracker. The number may even exceed the Norwegians!

  • In reply to marthat3:

    Thanks Martha. You make a very good point about Bus Tracker being accessible on the Web. LOL on your Hilkevitch comment!

  • In reply to marthat3:

    AAAAHHHH!

    "Second City" has nothing to do with ranking, people. We LIVE in the Second City because the first city burned down! Chicago pre-1871? First city. Chicago after 1871? Second City.

    Spread the word. Please. This drives me crazy.

  • In reply to marthat3:

    Well, it will be a while before they get theirs up and running if Chicago is any indication. The #20 experiment ran for over a year if I recall and then the rollout took a bit of time as well.

    I look forward to hearing the solution for our digital screens and hope the rollout continues forward soon on the New York buses.

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