Watertown bus riders have a new electronic sign that tells them when they can expect buses to arrive.
The solar-powered sign in Watertown Square is one of 18 E Ink (electronic ink) signs installed by the MBTA in several communities, including Watertown, Belmont, Cambridge, Boston, Chelsea and Everett.
“The signs display stop-specific real-time information — bus arrival predictions and service alerts,” the MBTA announcement said. “This is the same information that’s available today on our website, in the Transit App, in Google Maps, and more.”
The signs are part of a $1.5 million pilot project started by the MBTA in 2017, according to the MTBA website. The E Ink signs are designed to provide bus riders with an experience closer to riding the subway.
“Over the next few weeks, we’ll be adding features to the displays, to account for things like high-priority alerts, late night service, and more,” the MBTA announcement said.