The Associated Press

MBTA Introduces Train Countdown Displays At South Station

The countdowns debuted at South Station Wendesday. (Instagram/@JordanRVance)

The countdowns debuted at South Station Wendesday. (Instagram/@JordanRVance)

BOSTON — Boston area commuters who catch the train at South Station can now figure out how much time they have before their train rolls up to the platform.

The MBTA on Wednesday is scheduled to activate countdown signs that tell riders when the next trains will arrive, the start of a pilot program that could be extended to all 51 Red, Orange, and Blue Line stations by the end of the year.

The arrival times, ticking down in one-minute increments, will appear on LED signs that have hung above platforms and in station lobbies since 2007 but that until now have displayed only the date, time and announcements.

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  • J__o__h__n

    The line this would be most useful for is the green line.  So of course it isn’t included. 

  • J__o__h__n

    The commuter rail has this too but often the signs don’t provide the next train info. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_67MZCOUXFSLOM257CRHBKW4AL4 wareinparis

    Yeah! We found this very helpful when visiting Paris, and have often wished it was here. Now it will be.

  • J__o__h__n

    The next bus will crash into Kenmore Square in four minutes. 

  • guest

    would have been helpful last season. but kudos for trying

  • Ssminkey

    It would be nice to have this for the Silver Line bus to the airport since the time between those buses seems to be so irregular.

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