It’s been a long time coming, but this time it’s coming to a subway station in the Bronx.
Last week, the MTA announced that the Bronx’s Taconic station would become the first subway station to be equipped with a smart signal system, making it one of the first stations in the city to be fully equipped with the technology.
Taconic, which opened in 2013, was originally designed for subway cars, but is now being used to house the subway’s automated signal system.
The project, which was funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), has been plagued by delays and problems, though the MTA said the new system will improve safety for commuters, commuters’ time, and revenue for the agency.
The first phase of the smart signal is now in place, and will be operational by the end of 2019.
“This is a significant step forward for Taconi’s history, and an important step forward in the advancement of signal technology,” MTA Executive Director David Cohen said in a statement.
“Taconi will play a significant role in the continued development of smart technology in our communities and the MTA’s commitment to improving our mobility system.”
A few months ago, the NY Post reported that the MTA was working on a new smart signal in the subway system, but it’s unclear when the system will be installed or if it will be in place before the end and will still be a long way from being ready for the subway.
“I think the most important thing is that we have this new technology in place,” Taconian CEO James Stokley told the NY Daily News.
“I think that’s the important thing to be done.”
The MTA’s smart signal will also allow passengers to take advantage of the MTA subway’s new mobile app that will be able to connect riders to a live feed of the signal.
This means riders won’t have to wait for the next train to arrive to see their signals, and also will allow commuters to see when their trains are coming.