Countdown Clocks Come to D, F, J and Z Line Stations, SubwayTime App

MTA New York City Transit is a step closer to bringing countdown clocks to every subway station in the system!

On Thursday, November 30, countdown clocks went live for four more subway lines: D Subway, F Subway, J Subway and Z Subway. Customers who use stations on those lines can now get real-time arrival information displayed on LCD screen in mezzanines and platforms. The information also is available on the MTA SubwayTime smartphone app, which is available to download for free from the Apple and Android app stores. With train arrival information going live on these four subway lines, 419 of the system’s 472 subway stations now offer real-time subway train arrival information.

New York City Transit has been able to accelerate installation of countdown clocks at stations thanks to the use of new beacon technology that was developed in-house. The beacon technology uses Bluetooth and the Wi-Fi networks that already are available in subway stations. The push to install the technology faster and more efficiently is part of the MTA's Subway Action Plan to stabilize and modern the century-old subway system and improve communication with customers.

“Real-time arrival information is no longer just a nice amenity to have – it’s a necessity at a time when our customers are accustomed to having access to information in their hands almost immediately. This is just one of many improvements we’re making to ensure that our customers are getting the clearest, most up-to-date information about their commute,” said MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota.