Technology to Track City Buses Comes to Brooklyn

NEW YORK -

A program that tracks for riders where New York City buses are was expanded to Brooklyn and Queens on Monday, meeting the MTA’s goal of having Bus Time available on all routes by March 31.

Councilman David Greenfield, a Brooklyn Democrat, welcomed the news, saying that he had called for the technology to be installed in his district for years.

“While this technology won’t resolve every issue with inconsistent service here in Brooklyn, it will end the frustrating tradition of peering down the block in search of the next bus,” he said.

Riders can access the status of a bus by visiting bustime.mta.info, through third-party apps on smartphones, or by texting an address to “511123.”

More than 15,000 bus stops citywide are now equipped with the technology.

The B11 line that crisscrosses Boro Park and Flatbush has long been the subject of complaints of “bus bunching,” where two buses arrive at the same time after a long wait.