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I grew up in the Bronx and took the subway for most of my young years, until I left New York in 1971. There were never any clocks telling us how long it would be until the next train came. I do remember getting irritated but the trains ran so often - I think back then it was just the way things were and we accepted it. Same with the buses. However, riding the subway can be quite anxiety-provoking, so anything that can lessen that anxiety sounds wonderful!

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To me the greatest benefit of the countdown clocks is the ability to skip the next train coming (crowded) to take a presumed less crowded train behind it(if the countdown shows it is coming soon). When I was a regular subway commuter I chose to skip a crowded train only to be punished with a long wait at times and blessed with an empty train shortly after other times.

I have used these clocks while visiting various cities and they are even more helpful for visitors (you can actually make plans based on when trains or buses are coming).

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