This is the countdown-clock at the IRT Borough Hall station in downtown Brooklyn. What’s great about it, is it not only does it display information for different lines, (the East Side 4/5 and West Side 2/3), but it’s placed in a location that it allows a rider to make an intelligent decision as to which platform to go to.
For example, let’s say I was going to Atlantic Avenue. I could grab the 5 in two minutes, rather than waiting double the time for the 3 train, on a different platform. Granted, in this particular case, the difference is not a lot…
It would also work Manhattan-bound, particularly if headed somewhere downtown, where the lines run very close to one another and even converge. Other stations where this would come in handy are at Fulton Street, Park Place, or West 4th Street.
So props to the T.A. However, the clock at Clark Street, worked for about a week, before going “dumb”, and reverting to only showing the date and time.
Update: Ben Kabak reports at Second Avenue Sagas, that this non-functioning is deliberate. Apparently the recent heat wave can be be too much for the electronics that give the clock its smarts, so they’ve been disabled at more than a dozen stations. (With absolutely no notice to passengers). Kabak writes that the TA says it is working on a solution. I presume by that, they mean winter.