Could NYC subway touchscreens guide CTA riders?

Tourists and regular riders alike now can rely on huge, interactive touchscreens to navigate New York’s subway system.

The 47-inch touchscreens show real-time arrival information and system maps, according to Mashable: “The screens will also be equipped with two-way communication so users can opt to speak with an actual MTA employee. The interactive kiosks are scheduled to be rolled out later this year.”

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  • Forgive my cynicism, but I have to wonder how long touch screens in subway stations will last before they are spray-painted, smashed, or covered with sticky stuff you don't want to think about.

  • I just want more train tracker boards at L stations, especially before you enter, so you can see if one is coming & you need to rush.
    And I'd like more bus tracker boards at shelter, but also at L stations, both on the platform as you exit & at street level. For the exact same reason.

    I'd also like Metra to get rid of the tiny CRT screens with track info at the downtown stations 7 replace them with 50"+ screens for that.
    It would also be nice if they could install some real clocks at Olgilvie, as there are exactly two of them there now, one is the old Northwestern Station clock, so high up it's useless & the other is as you cross the bridge, which has a Citibank sign on it, but it alternates between time & temp.
    I don't need the temp when ENTERING a building, I need it when LEAVING the building!

  • In addition to what Verna says, any system would have to be powered by the CTA/Google Map combination. If history is any guide, if the RTA has its hands in it, most routes will be through University Park or Gurnee Mills.

    Google might be willing to pay for them.

  • In reply to jack:

    They're also obsessed by telling people to take the L to a location, even though it's the direct way & it might require 2-3 buses from the L station to get there.
    A friend of mine had to go to somewhere on Cottage Grove. The RTA told him to take the Red Line & 2 buses. I told him to just take the 147 to Michigan Ave. & catch the 4! Way simpler & probably the same amount of time when you include waiting for buses.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    It appears that RTA Trip Planner was merged with goroo, as goroo doesn't appear on the RTAChicago home page, but putting something into Trip Planner gets you to goroo.

    I looked there to see if there was an option, such as Google Maps asking if you want to avoid tollways, use transit, or walk.

    However, it is still dumber than dirt. Assuming the search you indicated above, I put in 6100 N. Sheridan to 4120 S. Cottage Grove. The response
    "Please choose an origin:

    6100 n. sheridan road

    Please choose a destination:

    10200 S Cottage Grove, Chicago (Stop/Station)
    11000 S Cottage Grove, Chicago (Stop/Station)
    7000 S Cottage Grove, Chicago (Stop/Station)
    9600 S Cottage Grove, Chicago (Stop/Station)
    9700 S Cottage Grove, Chicago (Stop/Station) "

    Apparently, if it isn't a street corner with a bus stop, it doesn't know where you are going.

    Yet the feds are blowing money on promoting this.

  • This is way too advanced for the CTA who like living in the 17ct century,as I've said before the elevator was invented in 1853 and CTA has still not got round to putting this new fangled devise in their stations

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