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Riders rally for countdown clocks at bus stops

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — Transportation advocates held a rally across from City Hall Sunday afternoon, calling for countdown clocks, similar to ones at subway stations, to be installed at key stops in all five boroughs.

The clocks already exist at two bus stops on Staten Island as part of a pilot program.  They use GPS data from the buses to tell riders how many stops away their bus is.

Through the MTA’s Bus Time program, all city buses will have GPS within the next few weeks.

“For the first time ever, we have the technology that will allow us to put countdown clocks on bus stops around the city,” said John Raskin, Executive Director of the Riders Alliance.

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Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer singled out seniors as having a lot to gain.

“ With so many seniors who don’t have apps, and don’t have iPhones, and don’t have cellphones that can give them this information, the countdown signals are a lifeline.  They take the buses.  They are pedestrians,” Brewer said.

The Department of Transportation estimates that it will cost around $20,000 to install each solar powered sign.

Advocates are calling on elected officials to use their capital funding to make it possible for riders to benefit from citywide countdown clocks.