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New technology shows real time transit information in public places across the city

NEW YORK — When the countdown clocks in the subway fail, this new technology can serve as an alternative.

TransitScreen and TouchTunes are looking to provide real time transit information to New Yorkers by displaying the data on public screens across the city.

Businesses and restaurants are purchasing the screens and real-time operating system.

The MTA provides open-source data to developers. Information is available for all MTA bus routes in NYC and on the numbered lines and for the L train. The lettered lines do not have the tracking technology tied into the signals. The MTA is running a pilot program for the next month and a half at 9 stations in Manhattan on the N, Q, and R Line using beacons and Bluetooth technology.