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Text message alerts in LIRR's future

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Text message alerts in LIRR's future

Sometime in the next couple of years the MTA hopes to give Penn Station commuter rail riders sitting in their offices instantaneous information on what platform their train is at and what time it's leaving, an effort to reduce rush hour crowds at the terminal, the agency's director of special projects, William Wheeler, said Tuesday.

 

Following the disastrous rainstorm in August that shut down the subways, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority hired an outside company earlier this year to send subway and rail riders text message service advisories. That service has yet to arrive, but would be somewhat clunkier -- with a time delay -- than the real-time information Wheeler is hoping for.

 

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