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Metro Uses TV’s to Provide Next-Train Information

7:49 AM PDT on June 23, 2008

The Militant Angeleno was on his horse this weekend, beating both Streetsblog and MetroRider to break the news that at long last Metro is providing next train information on the LCD screens found in the subways.   The general consensus around the Internet is "that's great!...But..."

The Militant writes:

Although, as you can see, it's displayed in MilitantMilitary time. Which is fine for this camo-adorned urban assaultsoldier, but not so convenient for the gas price-oppressed CivilianAngelenos on the platforms (Say what? Next train coming in 16 minutes45 seconds?).

No make matters worse, the actual time/datedisplay on the upper left-hand corner of the TransitVue screen showsthe usual 12-hour civilian time. Very inconsistent! The Militantthinks, or at least hopes, the folks at Metro will change a fewsettings there.

The monitors apparently are also displaying the expected arrival time as scheduled, and not using any sort of real-time technology to let you know if the train is late or on-time.  Metro staff says this is just another step in unlocking the value of the LCD screens and more upgrades are coming.  Hopefully we'll see Metro investing more in these screens as just another way to encourage those people that are ditching their cars for Metro to make their switch a permanent one. 

Image: Militant Angeleno 

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