LIRR Unveils Actual-Time Seating Availability, Journey Planning Tech – Know-how


Adjustments to digital screens, station bulletins, and the LIRR’s Train Time app will element real-time seat availability for approaching trains by a buyer’s location.


New York MTA’s Lengthy Island Rail Street President Phil Eng introduced a slate of enhancements to real-time seating availability and journey accessibility info for riders, along with new service enhancements.

The brand new service timetables, which went into impact on March 29, restore the company’s weekday ranges of service that had been in place from Jan. 25 by means of March 5.

The brand new real-time passenger info might be obtainable by way of platform screens, platform audio bulletins, and the company’s Train Time app. Particulars on these enhancements are listed beneath.

Platform Screens: Digital indicators on platforms present a diagram of the arrival practice, seating capability in every automotive, and the observer’s relative place inside the practice. Clients can use this info to stroll to a distinct a part of the platform to discover a automotive with fewer individuals. At roughly 20 stations with shade screens, that info is shade coded in accordance with tips established by the People with Disabilities Act (ADA). At roughly 90 stations with monochrome screens, that info is displayed graphically. 

Audio Bulletins:  When a practice is approaching, the automated arrival bulletins embody statements to the impact of: “The 7:15 practice to Penn Station will arrive on Observe 1. There are extra seats in direction of the [rear/middle/front] of the practice.” 

LIRR Train Time App Turns into Extra Detailed: The LIRR Train Time app now exhibits the variety of passengers in every automotive of each practice, refreshed each 15 seconds, together with the observer’s relative place throughout the practice. (When it was first launched final yr, the app supplied a four-tiered color-coded system of inexperienced, yellow, orange, or purple to indicate a common sense of seating availability. This shade coding stays in place even with the elevated element now being supplied.) 

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Journey Accessibility Data: LIRR Train Time app customers will now be capable to find elevators, escalators, and ramps on each origin and vacation spot platforms, giving clients the power to map out a journey upfront and place themselves within the best spot.  The app additionally options enhanced display screen reader assist for blind or low-vision customers by studying out loud what’s on the display screen and adapt the speech output to the pace or quantity they select. 

How It Works 

The options on screens, bulletins, and the app are all powered by the identical information system which makes use of sensors that may decide what number of passengers are on board a practice at any given second. The LIRR securely transmits and processes this information, and seamlessly supplies it again out to clients in actual time. 

All the newest station and app options had been constructed totally in-house, led by the LIRR innovation group and applied by LIRR Communications (BRS) and MTA’s info know-how division (TCU).

The roughly 70,000 clients who have already got TrainTime put in will obtain an automated replace in order that they’ll use the brand new options. The app stays obtainable at no cost obtain by means of the App Retailer and Google Play Retailer.


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