NYC Subways Getting Their Very Own 47-Inch Touchscreens

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Because why not? Many a New Yorker has been caught unawares by service changes, delays, and other forms of public transit fuckery. With that in mind, NYC Transit and Cisco are installing 47-inch On the Go! Travel Stations for flustered commuters.

The touchscreens will be a godsend (on paper) for travelers looking to get out of the subway unscathed. It'll provide the latest information on delays and track changes, as well as details concerning repairs going on at the station you've just arrived at. It'll also offer tips on where to find a spot to shop or eat and how to get there. All very cool. You'll see these screens start to pop up at some of the major hubs in the boroughs: Penn Station, Grand Central Station, Bowling Green, Atlantic Ave-Pacific St in Brooklyn, and Roosevelt Ave in Queens.

Illustration for article titled NYC Subways Getting Their Very Own 47-Inch Touchscreens

Just a few things, though. First, sharing a giant tablet with clamoring tourists doesn't seem like a time-saving activity. And second... I praaaaayyyyyy these thing have disinfectants built in. [The Next Web]

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As cool as this is it makes absolutely no sense.

They could just install displays, as they have recently for announcing the wait for the next incoming train, rather than have huge touchscreen interfaces. It just seems expensive and supurfluous to me. It's just not an efficient means of conveying necessary information to passesngers. A better solution would be to digitize some of the maps in every station and have them display relevant information in real time. For instance a sidebar with a list of any service changes cleary displayed and continuously scorlling along with any stations being skipped (the biggest issue is probably trains that are atypically going express due to construction at stations) blink red on the map as opposed to say, green for the stations in service. You could even have two arrows in a ring something like (<>) where one is green and one is red indication service in one direction or both red for an out of service station.