Countdown clocks, Subway Time app offline after 9 p.m.By
A missive from New York City Transit on some much-relied-upon technology: “MTA New York City Transit announces that Countdown Clocks and the mobile app, Subway Time, will not be available to the public for a number of hours later tonight in order to test a software upgrade and back-up system. During this time, we will be bringing the servers down and back up several times beginning this evening, January 24, after the p.m. rush hour (about 9 p.m.) and continuing until shortly before the morning rush hour, tomorrow, Friday, January 25. We apologize for the inconvenience to our customers.”
Once upon a time, we didn’t have subway countdown clocks, and waiting for trains overnight was often as painful as a root canal. Now, we know when we have to wait for 15 minutes for a 2 train as I did at Chambers St. at 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday night. Tonight, though, New Yorkers are out of luck. The problem with technology, after all, is that someone, sometimes, has to upgrade the whole thing. The clocks should be back on before rush hour tomorrow.