Green Line to get countdown clocks in downtown stations

MBTA Administrator Brian Shortsleeve (left) and General Manager Frank DePaola unveiled a new “countdown” sign at Kenmore Station in August.
MBTA Administrator Brian Shortsleeve (left) and General Manager Frank DePaola unveiled a new “countdown” sign at Kenmore Station in August.MassDOT press office

Seven of the Green Line’s busiest stops will get new countdown clocks this week displaying the expected arrival time of incoming trains, the transportation officials said Tuesday.

The long-awaited signs, which have long been a feature on the MBTA’s other rapid transit lines, have been going live on the Green Line since the spring. This week, the clocks are coming to many of the underground downtown stops at the core of the system.

“As a Green Line rider myself, I’m happy to see the improvements that continue to come as a result of the T’s efforts to make our transit system more resilient, reliable, and now, predictable,” MassDOT Secretary and chief executive Stephanie Pollack said in a statement.


Officials activated signs facing in both directions at Copley and Arlington stations Tuesday, according MassDOT.

Boylston and Park Street signs will be activated on the eastbound side Wednesday, and those at Haymarket, North Station, and Science Park eastbound will be activated on Thursday.

Countdown clocks on the westbound platforms of Boylston, Park Street, Haymarket, North Station, and Science Park are expected to be activated by the end of 2015.

Above-ground clocks on the Green Line’s D branch have been working since the spring, and the underground stops at Kenmore and Hynes were illuminated in August.

The first countdown signs in the T system came online on Aug. 15, 2012. By the end of this week, there will be 367 signs displaying train arrival times systemwide, the department said.

“These signs provide important information that significantly enhances our customers’ commuting experience,” MBTA General Manager Frank DePaola said in the statement. “The oldest subway stations in the United States are now displaying real-time information, letting customers know when they can expect the next train.”

Additional projects in the works for Green Line improvement include boosting signal priority along Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street intersections, refurbishing the 86 oldest trolley cars in the fleet, and rebuilding the Government Center Station.


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