Waiting for the subway this morning, it occurred to me that the MTA should not bother spending millions of dollars on Countdown Clocks. Instead, why not invest in app development for smart phones. Since there will be wifi in the subways, why not work on getting data to people’s devices. No citywide maintenance costs on installed hardware, power , or labor.
Since there will already be an infrastructure in place to handle the pushing of the data to the clocks, why not push it to an app on my phone. Basically shifting the hardware costs of the colcks to the riders. Added benefit: info is available where ever you are, so you can time your arrival.
I am sure I am not the first to think of this, but it occurred to me this morning.