The MTA announced that by the end of the year the subway countdown clocks for numbered lines will be available on smartphones and computers. Riders will be able to view this information for next day train times by downloading an MTA app or by going to their website, according to the NY Daily News. Adam Lisberg, MTA spokesman, said, “The MTA is very close to being able to provide real-time train arrival data without having to go into the station. We want everyone to access the countdown clocks on numbered lines just by looking at their phone.”
The MTA will also be opening this data to the public so that outside developers can work on creating other apps with the information. The numbered subway lines, except 7, are a part of the A division of the MTA internal system. Installing the train time tickers took time and money on the part of the MTA, and now employees at the Rail Control Center can see the exact location of every A-division train. The B division has not yet been updated to this extent. Officials from the City Council Transportation Committee hope that the same real time information can soon be provided for lettered lines.