MBTA offers countdown signs at Downtown Crossing station

New countdown signs offered by the MBTA are now available at Downtown Crossing station.

Following in the footsteps of South Station and Park Street station, the Red Line at Downtown Crossing is now equipped with electronic signs that give an estimate of when trains will arrive.

South Station got the first round of signs on August 15, and Park Street got them as a “gift” for the MBTA’s 115t birthday on Sept. 1.

The MBTA is testing out how the signs go over through the pilot program. So far, they seem to be a welcome addition to most T customers, according to a spokesman.

However some have expressed frustration that the Green Line will not get the signs anytime soon.

The Green line, “for a variety of reasons,” will not get them in part because the T is doing a signal upgrade.

“So that’s been our priority and once we get the upgrade complete, things like this, the countdown signs can be incorporated,” Transportation Secretary Richard Davey said last month.

The total cost for the technology is $800,000 for the Orange, Red and Blue lines.


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