Jump to content
Attention: In order to reply to messages, create topics, have access to other features of the community you must sign up for an account.
Sign in to follow this  
BM5 via Woodhaven

Press Release: MTA New York City Transit to Modernize Service Status Notices with New, Additional Detail

Recommended Posts

Posted (edited)

http://www.mta.info/press-release/nyc-transit/mta-new-york-city-transit-modernize-service-status-notices-new-additional

Seven New Categories of Subway Status, Provided on Line-by-Line Basis, Will Help Riders Better Plan Their Trips

MTA New York City Transit announced today that starting this week, as part of an ongoing commitment to provide more transparent and useful information to the riding public, the “Service Status” notices on mta.info and on other channels will provide a much deeper level of detail, with seven new categories of service status conveyed on a line-by-line basis.  In the system being retired, there are only several broad categories, and multiple subway lines are grouped together by corridor, making it difficult to tell at a glance exactly what line is impacted in what manner.

“New Yorkers live in the ‘right now’ and deserve helpful information in the moment so they can make the right choices about their travel,” said NYC Transit President Andy Byford. “These changes provide customers targeted, at-a-glance information to help them quickly understand exactly what’s happening on their line. It’s always our goal to improve the quality of our real-time information and this is another step forward in that ongoing process.”

In an effort led by the recently established chief customer officer, Sarah Meyer, NYC Transit has been working hard to enhance the information provided to help customers assess their options when planning their trips, on multiple channels such as mta.info, Twitter, car and station announcements, and station signage. As the agency gets more robust real-time data from modernizing train technologies, not only will service continue to improve but so will the usefulness of information provided to customers as they plan their travel.

The new language will describe the specific changes being made to train service on an individual line basis. For example, instead of reading “Service Change” for the (B)(D)(F)(M)  lines, the Service Status Box will use categories such as “Part Suspended,” “Trains Rerouted” or “Express to Local” and show exactly what line is impacted in that manner.

In the system being retired, the only labels describing service issues are “Delays,” “Service Change,” and “Planned Work.” These broad labels are applied to subway lines grouped by their central business district corridors (or “trunk lines”), for example the (A)(C)(E) , the (B)(D)(F)(M)  , the (N)(Q)(R)(W)  , or the (4)(5)(6) .  This makes it hard to know at a glance if one’s line is affected in locations where it diverges from other lines, or if service is affected on express or local tracks or both.  Individual line-by-line status is available on the myMTA app and the beta new.mta.info, but will be upgraded this week with the new service status categories.      

Starting after the evening rush on Monday, June 3, the following new categories of service status will be used on the Service Status Box and on other channels, and conveyed on an individual line-by-line basis.

Part Suspended - Situations where a major disruption causes multiple stations to lose service in either direction. This could apply when a line is split in half or service ends before a train’s normal terminal.

Trains Rerouted - Situations when a train is sent over a different route than it normally travels for that time of day. For example, if the (A) goes over the (F) , not the (A) going over the (C).  

Local to Express - Situations when a train that normally runs local uses the express track on its normal route.

Express to Local - Situations when a train that normally runs express uses the local tracks on its normal route.

Stations Skipped - Situations where trains continuously skip a station in one direction or come through a station without stopping. For example this could be used for police activity or medical assistance but not typical skips/holds to help keep the train on schedule.

Slow Speeds - Situations where trains move at slower than normal speeds but make all their normal stops. This would be used in situations where workers are on the tracks or we conduct track inspections.

Multiple Impacts - Situations where multiple status options apply to a single disruption or multiple disruptions impact a line.

These new categories were developed based on customer feedback and international best practices.  This is an ongoing modernization and NYC Transit will continue to refine this and other customer information based on further experience and public input.

Nick Sifuentes, executive director of Tri-State Transportation Campaign, said:  "As any straphanger knows, good communication with riders is critically important during service disruptions. Subway service is getting better, but even on the most modernized systems, delays and breakdowns are inevitable. As the MTA works to reduce delays, this new approach to customer communication is a good step to help riders understand what’s going on and how to adjust their commutes when service interruptions happen.”

Ben Fried, communications director of TransitCenter, said: “Good transit communication is all about giving riders information that speaks directly to them. The MTA's new service notice format is a step forward and we think riders will appreciate the added specificity as they plan their trips.”

Danny Pearlstein, policy and communications director of Riders Alliance, said: "When trains aren't running normally, few things are more frustrating than not know what's going on. By adding more detail to its service announcements, the MTA is taking a step forward in its communications with riders. Especially with the changes that will be required to fix the subway, it's valuable for the MTA to give riders more information, through more channels, to help New Yorkers plan our trips."

 

service_status.png?itok=ZwXgPklT

MTA service status box for subways

Edited by BM5 via Woodhaven
  • Thanks 1
  • Upvote 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On ‎6‎/‎3‎/‎2019 at 5:59 PM, Around the Horn said:

OK very good.

Now add a map.

Better yet, repurpose the Weekender map to show affected stations. It's a quick visual aid that probably shouldn't take too much effort to implement.

On the subject at hand, I noticed that both "Planned Work" and "Delays" are still appearing. I wonder if these will be merged into the other new blanket terms or if others will be created for them, especially for "Planned Work" since that can mean anything from a full line suspension to reduced service to a line extension.

On a side-note, does anyone know when the MTA will fully move over to the new site? It's been in "beta" for over a year now and not only is it extremely sloppy to have pertinent information split between two separate and almost completely unrelated sites, it makes this whole effort above a bit meaningless since the service statuses on the main site are still grouped by trunk lines.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)
7 minutes ago, Lance said:

Better yet, repurpose the Weekender map to show affected stations. It's a quick visual aid that probably shouldn't take too much effort to implement.

On the subject at hand, I noticed that both "Planned Work" and "Delays" are still appearing. I wonder if these will be merged into the other new blanket terms or if others will be created for them, especially for "Planned Work" since that can mean anything from a full line suspension to reduced service to a line extension.

On a side-note, does anyone know when the MTA will fully move over to the new site? It's been in "beta" for over a year now and not only is it extremely sloppy to have pertinent information split between two separate and almost completely unrelated sites, it makes this whole effort above a bit meaningless since the service statuses on the main site are still grouped by trunk lines.

I have heard soon.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_New_York_City_Public_Transportation#Important_for_MTA_Content_Resources

Edited by Union Tpke
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Will they finally fix the MyMTA app to show correct service change info? I don't know who is in charge of that app, but it is worse than useless because it shows incorrect info! Ridiculous. 

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.