T debuts revamped map, real-time tracking info

The MBTA installed redesigned maps on 40 Green Line trolleys last week.
The MBTA installed redesigned maps on 40 Green Line trolleys last week.

Subway and bus passengers in Boston looking to track the arrival of their next bus or train now have more options to get their fix of transit information.

Redesigned maps of the T system — the result of a map-making contest last year won by Michael Kvrivishvili of Moscow — were installed on 40 Green Line trolleys last week, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority announced Tuesday.

About 20 percent of the T’s fleet have now been updated with the new version of the map. The rest of the maps on buses and trains, about 9,500 in total, are scheduled to appear by June. The 280 maps at the T’s 25 busiest stations will also be replaced by June, with the remaining 900 station maps to be replaced by next year.


The new version of the map shows all the stations on the Green Line and the Silver Line; in the older version, some less popular stations were omitted to avoid crowding the text on the map. The map also shows that Government Center Station is closed until 2016 and that Assembly Square Station is due to open this year.

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Bus countdown signs, which debuted at Forest Hills Station in February, have now been installed at Dudley Station, the busiest bus terminal in the T system.

More bus countdown clocks are on the way, with installations planned for Harvard, Haymarket, Ashmont, Kenmore, Maverick, Wonderland, Jackson Square, and Central Square stations, according to plans put forth by the T this year.

Real-time countdown information for buses and Red, Orange, and Blue line trains — the same data that appear on digital clocks at T stations and have been available for years on smartphone apps created by third-party developers — will now be available on the T’s own website.

“As part of our ongoing effort to make the MBTA more customer-friendly and convenient to use, these three new improvements will make trip planning and way finding easier than ever,” Beverly A. Scott, general manager of the T, said in a statement.


“Information is key in making our customers’ trips as smooth as possible; knowing where you’re going or when your bus or train is coming can make all the difference.”

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