Good news for commuters living in the Bronx. The MTA’s Bus Time program is rolling out in New York’s northernmost borough this month. That means Bronx bus riders will now be able to text in to find their nearest bus and take control of their commutes.
According to an article in the New York Daily News,Bronx riders soon will be able to get bus-arrival information with their home computer, smartphone or cellphone. By the end of the month, officials will activate MTA Bus Time, a program that largely only now exists in Staten Island…. “This is very exciting for all of us in the Bronx,” said City Councilman James Vacca, chairman of the Transportation Committee.
If you’re not familiar with Bus Time, it’s the New York MTA’s revolutionary system that lets riders access real-time transit information to find their closest bus. The service was launched in Staten Island last January, and has expanded to a few select routes in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Since its January launch, Bus Time has sent millions of text, and serviced tens of thousands of people. The city plans to have the service rolled out for the entire city by the end of next year.
Our General Manager, Amanda Moskowitz, was quoted in the Daily News article.
“It’s a simple concept but it has a huge impact,” she said. “It’s allowed people to avoid waiting unnecessarily at the bus stop. They can now use that time to grab a cup of coffee or spend a few extra minutes at home with their children.”