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New countdown clocks are coming to the subway this week

Will Gleason

It’s the final countdown for new countdown clocks in the subway.

The MTA is set to begin testing the new clocks this week, which will eventually be installed in all 269 lettered-line stations across the city. Two clocks will be installed in all eight N, Q and R stations—23rd Street, 28th Street, 34th Street, 42nd Street, 57th Street, 5th Avenue/59th Street and Lexington Avenue/59th Street—for a 90-day test period. Congratulations, N,Q, R riders. You’ll soon know exactly how late your train is running.

The clocks work by connecting to trains using Bluetooth technology, and will feature LCD screens.

“These actions are the latest steps toward rebuilding and transforming the MTA into a unified, state-of-the-art transportation network that will meet the needs of current and future generations of New Yorkers,” Governor Cuomo said. “With this new and updated technology, we’ll help ensure riders have the information they need to get where they need to go.”

During the 90-day testing phase, the MTA will be working to identify and correct any issues that arise in the system as well as measure the clock’s accuracy and performance.


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