Miami-Dade Transit has installed liquid crystal display screens at several Metrorail stations to give commuters information about trains’ arrival and departure times.
The monitors display arrival and departure times for the next three trains, and show which trains serve the Green Line (Palmetto to Dadeland South), and which belong to the Orange Line (Dadeland South to Miami International Airport).
The LCD screens are the latest technological improvement on the Metrorail system, which opened in 1984 with a single line. The Orange Line to the airport opened last year.
“We appreciate the public using our transit system, and we understand the need to have accurate, real-time, train-arrival information,” said Miami-Dade Transit Director Ysela Llort.” This is another tool that will make our riders’ lives easier by helping them to better plan their trips on transit.”.
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Karla Damian, the Miami-Dade Transit spokeswoman said the LCD monitors eventually will be installed in all 23 Metrorail stations.
“These are some of the things that people said they wanted to see,” said Damian, citing results of surveys by MDT.
There’s a second screen next to the one displaying train schedules, which is being used for advertising and public service announcements.
She also said that amber and silver alerts — for missing children and missing adults, respectively — will also flash on the screen.
If there’s disruption of service, an announcement will flash on the screen as well, so that commuters can decide whether to wait or to seek an alternative, Damian added.
So far, MDT has installed the monitors in the following stations: Earlington Heights, Dadeland South, Dadeland North, Miami International Airport, Civic Center, Government Center, Brickell, South Miami, Douglas Road and Coconut Grove.
The monitors eventually will be installed in all the 23 Metrorail stations, but the next immediate phase will be for the Palmetto and University stations, she said.
The whole project will cost $5.66 million. Funds come from the federal government, the Florida Department of Transportation, MDT and the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation projects.
The monitors also supply wireless internet signals for commuters.
Commuters welcomed the screen.
Herb Andrews who commutes daily to work in Dadeland said the information monitors had made the commute easier.
“It eases waiting and lets you know what time the train is coming and exactly how long you have to wait,” Andrews said.