Great news for commuters in the outer boroughs. You don’t have to wait in the cold wondering when the next bus is coming anymore. Starting March 9th, the MTA’s Bus Time system is expanding to include Brooklyn and Queens. Riders can text to find the closest bus in real-time.
According to a press release from the MTA:The expansion adds more than 9,000 bus stops to the MTA Bus Time™ system bringing the total to more than 15,000. Crews have now installed enhanced GPS hardware in 5,500 buses operating in all boroughs.
MTA chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast said, “MTA Bus Time has added a new dimension to bus travel in Brooklyn and Queens, completing installation citywide. MTA Bus Time allows you to use your computer or phone to ‘Know Before You Go’ to keep you informed of your bus’ expected arrival at the bus stop.”
In addition to text messaging, bus time also lets riders use the web or their phone’s GPS to find the bus closest to them.
To learn which buses will be equipped, read the MTA’s full release.
Read More About Bus Time
- The Daily News Reports Bus Time’s Expansion into Manhattan
- MTA Chairman Says Bus Time is a Tremendous Success, Set to Expand Citywide
- WNYC’s New Tech City Features Bus Time
- MTA Bus Time Hits 1 Million Texts – A Press Roundup
- Mobile Commons and the New York MTA Launch Bus Time