The Woodlawn station will take part a pilot program to test solar-powered kiosk with real-time arrival and departure times for connecting services. The project is separate from an ongoing MTA rollout of digital kiosks around the New York City subway station. Credit: MTA
Metro-North's Woodlawn station is getting an environmentally conscious upgrade this week.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced on Tuesday that the transit hub would launch a pilot program to test solar-powered kiosk with real-time arrival and departure times for connecting services.
The kiosks, which could eventually be used at any above-ground station, can go as many as 10 days without a recharge and operate wirelessly.
The pilot program will determine if the kiosks can survive New York weather year-round, but Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti said in a statement that they have already survived "one of the harshest winters on record."
At no cost to the MTA, the program is currently paid for by Transversal Business International.
Metro-North's program is separate from the MTA's current roll out of the MTA's On the Go kiosks across the city's subway system, which is also at no cost to the transit authority.
Over the next few months, the MTA expects to have about 145 On the Go kiosks at 28 stations throughout the subway system.