July 24, 2017 By Nathaly Pesantez
The wait is over for countdown clocks at Astoria bus stops.
Ten countdown clocks are set to be installed in several bus stops around Astoria, including Steinway Street, Ditmars Boulevard, and eastern Astoria, District 22 council member Costa Constantinides announced today.
The signs will display real-time arrival information for MTA buses on a small LED-screen attached to the bus stop pole. Buses are tracked using the MTA Bus Time GPS system.
The new signs will also provide audible announcements as an alternative for riders with visual impairments. The announcements can be activated by pressing a button on the pole.
Funding for the signs was made possible as a result of district 22 participatory budget votes, where real time bus countdown clocks were the third most popular project, winning 682 votes and $480,000.
“Astorians showed how much they wanted these clocks installed in our neighborhood during participatory budgeting,” said Constantinides in a statement. “We are excited to implement this project and help make public transit in Astoria easier and more convenient.”
Winning projects were announced in April 2016, with 24 countdown clocks being decided on for the following bus lines: M60, Q18, Q19, Q33, Q47, Q69, Q101, Q102, Q103, and Q104.
The bus stops with the arrival times were chosen between the Department of Transportation and the community, a spokesperson for Constantinides said.
More countdown clocks are also set to come to reach the 24 decided on, the spokesperson said.
Signs are or will soon be up and running at the following stops: