The Council of the City of New York
Office of Council Member Costa Constantinides
(718) 274-4500

For Immediate Release
July 24, 2017
Contact: Shachar Sharon

Bus Time Signs Being Installed Across Astoria
Funding Part of Participatory Budgeting

Astoria, N.Y. – Council Member Costa Constantinides and Department of Transportation (DOT) Queens Commissioner Nicole Garcia today announced the installation of Bus Time signs in Astoria. The funding for these signs came from participatory budgeting in Constantinides’ district.

The signs are currently being installed at 10 bus stops at bus stops throughout Astoria. The signs utilize existing a GPS-based bus tracking technology called MTA Bus Time, which provides riders with real-time arrival information for city buses, and projects this data onto an easy-to-see LED display. With the push of a button, the signs also provide audible announcements for riders with visual impairments as an alternative to the LED information displayed.

Signs are or will soon be operational at the following bus stops:

ID # Stop Location Routes Served Primary Direction
1 21 ST & 30 AV

(SW Corner)

Q100 LTD, Q69 Southbound
2 DITMARS BL & 31 ST

(SE Corner)

Q69 Eastbound
3 DITMARS BL & 31 ST

(NW Corner)

Q69 Westbound
4 21 ST & BROADWAY

(NE Corner)

Q100 LTD, Q69 Northbound
5 BROADWAY & 21 ST

(SE Corner)

Q104 Eastbound
6 STEINWAY ST & BROADWAY

(NE Corner)

Q101 Northbound
7 ASTORIA BL & 31 ST

(SW Corner)

Q19 Eastbound
8 30 AV & STEINWAY ST

(SW Corner)

Q18 Eastbound
9 30 AV & STEINWAY ST

(NE Corner)

Q18 Westbound
10 82 ST & ASTORIA BL

(NW Corner)

Q69, Q47 Southbound

Constantinides said, “Throughout the participatory budgeting process, we heard from community members how important public transit was to them. RTPI bus countdown clocks provide much-needed information to bus riders and help make bus travel more efficient. Astorians showed how much they wanted these clocks installed in our neighborhood during participatory budgeting. We are excited to implement this project and help make public transit in Astoria easier and more convenient.”

“The new Bus Time signs coming online here at Steinway Street and 30th Avenue and at other locations give riders valuable information when they are at the stops and count on real-time arrival information the most,” said DOT Queens Borough Commissioner Nicole Garcia. “We thank Council Member Constantinides for funding these installations and expanding an important technology upgrade so the service improves the transit experience for even more New Yorkers.”

Council Member Costa Constantinides represents the New York City Council’s 22nd District, which includes his native Astoria along with parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights. He serves as the chair the City Council’s Environmental Protection Committee and sits on six additional standing committees: Civil Service & Labor, Contracts, Cultural Affairs, Oversight & Investigations, Sanitation, and Transportation. For more information, visit council.nyc.gov/costa.

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