WNYC’s New Tech City Features Bus Time


Last week, WNYC’s radio show New Tech City focused on how New York is integrating new technologies into our city’s transit systems. We were delighted that they featured the MTA’s Bus Time. Host Manoush Zomorodi asked Transportation Nation’s Alex Goldmark, “What about people like my mom, who don’t have a smart phone?”

Goldmark responds, “Does your mom text?” He then explains how the MTA’s Bus Time is designed for commuters who might not have the latest gadget. As he describes it:

“The MTA has made it so that you can text the number on the bus stop and say, ‘Hey, I’m here, when’s the next bus coming?’ And it’ll say 5 minutes, or 10 minutes, or [where] the nearest bus is …. It’s designed for the kind of people who ride the bus and don’t have a smart phone.”

Hear the full audio below. Then check out WNYC’s story here.

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