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Ben noticed a new addition at Park Street
Not sure if anyone has told about this but this morning when I got
off the D Line at Park St. (heading inbound) I noticed a taped off
portion to the left of the exit. Right above it was what appeared to
be a brand-new electronic signboard that looks like it would support
2 lines of text. Perhaps the T is going to give us signboards for
when the next train will arrive? Now it was near the entrance to the
Red Line stairs so maybe its for that.
I’ll try to snap a picture on my way home, assuming I don’t get
arrested for it!
We can only hope. The T can not be oblivious to the positive coverage NYC Transit has been getting as they slowly introduce arrival boards in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Riders WANT that information even if Daniel Grabauskas doesn’t think we need the info as he told the Globe last May.
As he outlined the new, $35 million system in comments at Back Bay station, the announcements for inbound and outbound trains were coming in loud and clear on the platforms and in the upstairs lobby, giving about 1 minute advance notice on inbound trains and 2 minutes on outbound train.
That should help riders rushing to catch a train from a lobby and passengers who have been waiting for more than several minutes, T officials said.
The system can count down the minutes until a train arrives, but Grabauskas said that isn’t necessary.
”You don’t need 15 minutes lead time for a rapid transit train,” he said. ”If you know you have enough time to get down the stairs, that may be all the information our customers need.”
But then in October of 2006 Grabauskas said the following during a chat on Boston.com
Daniel_Grabauskas: Similar to the activity in subway to update the sound system and add sign boards we are working to make the commuter rail sign boards give better information. The new system which we are working on will make next train announcements and count down for the next train as well as delay information. I share your frustration that the old system gives very limited information and sometimes not accurate. This project to upgrade is out for public bid right now and should be constructed within the next two years.
So maybe he has changed his mind and does plan to offer this info in the subway. In that chat he offered an email address for riders to write into him.
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Perhaps if enough of us write into him asking about real time announcements in the subway will will get an answer.
Lou passes on another map option for T riders and it is pretty good.
I saw the mention of Google beginning to include T stations on their maps on your blog and figured I would pass this along.
Sometime my freshman year of school at Northeastern, I went searching for a map of the T system that was laid out on an actual street map, because while I was getting accustomed to Boston itself, I found the T’s maps to be of very little use. Also, I am a bit of a map enthusiast in general. I found one especially good candidate for use and it proved to be very helpful in my exploration of the city:
This is laid out on a google maps image anyway and retains the total functionality, as well as listing station info when you click on a stop:
I don’t know if you knew about that map or even if you have posted about it previously, but I take every chance I get to let those who know surprisingly little about the T in relation to Boston street layout know about this.
Thanks for the tip and if we haven’t mentioned this link before we are happy to do so now.