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MTA will start testing new LCD countdown clocks this week

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They will be installed in eight stations along the N/Q/R line

The MTA is making progress on new subway countdown clocks it plans to ultimately install on train platforms across the city. Governor Cuomo announced that the MTA is installing clocks in eight N, Q, and R stations for a 90-day test period, according to DNAinfo. Those stations include 23rd Street; 28th Street; 34th Street; 42nd Street; 49th Street; 57th Street; 5th Avenue/59th Street; and Lexington Avenue/59th Street.

There are currently LED countdown clocks in 176 subway stations, but these new clocks will feature LCD screens. The clocks will connect to the first and last cars of each train through wireless Bluetooth technology in order to communicate when the train enters and leaves the station. Cuomo said that the new and updated technology will "help ensure riders have the information they need to get where they need to go." The plan is to eventually install LCD displays at all 269 lettered-line stations throughout the city.

Cuomo announced some technology upgrades for city buses, too. He said that the city will retrofit 131 buses on the M15 SBS, B46 SBS and S79 SBS lines with digital information screens. Screens will provide audio and visual route information, and also display next stop information, service advisories and transfer details. The plan is also to gradually expand this technology, ultimately retrofitting 3,600 buses across the city.