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Solar-Powered E Ink Signs

A close up of an E Ink sign at the Broadway bus stop in Everett
  • Contract awarded: 2017
  • Projected completion: June 2020
  • Budget: $1.5 million
  • Status: Phase 1 pilot complete; Phase 2 in progress

Real-time information dramatically improves the experience of taking public transit—so we're working hard to make this information available throughout the MBTA system. However, there are several areas where access to electricity and fiber connectivity is limited or nonexistent. Thanks to solar-powered electronic ink (E Ink) signs, we may be able to display real-time updates in these areas in the future.

As part of the Green Line Transformation (GLT), this project meets the goal of customer experience, with real-time train arrival times at more street-level Green Line stops.

Building a Better T

As part of our $8 billion, 5-year capital investment plan, we're renovating stations, modernizing fare collection systems, upgrading services for our buses, subways, and ferries, and improving the accessibility of the entire system.

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What We're Working on in 2020

After concluding an initial pilot in 2019, we launched a pair of follow-up pilots that will help us further understand how and where we can use E Ink signs to improve the rider experience. We’re rolling out real-time information on 28 signs at Green Line stations and bus stops throughout Greater Boston.

How We Got Here

In 2017, we launched a pilot to test sign durability and performance, gather customer feedback, and determine whether we should add signs to additional bus and subway stops. We were especially curious to know if the signs could withstand the frigid Boston winter. The pilot concluded in 2019.

Related Projects

Side view of new Green Line car at Riverside (July 2018)

This project is one of many we're working on to ensure twice as many passengers have access to a safer, more comfortable, and more reliable Green Line by 2030.

Learn more about the Green Line Transformation

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Contact Information

For all queries and comments related to solar-powered E Ink signs, please contact Kevin Mulder at KMulder@mbta.com.

Recent Updates

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Share Your Feedback

An E Ink sign at the Broadway @ Norwood stop in Everett

We'll soon be surveying riders at bus stops to learn about their experiences with the signs. In the meantime, send us any feedback you may have.

Send feedback about bus E Ink

Closeup of an E Ink sign on the outbound platform at Beaconsfield

Is there an E Ink sign at your Green Line Station? We want to hear what you think about it.

Take the Green Line survey

Building a Better T

As part of our $8 billion, 5-year capital investment plan, we're renovating stations, modernizing fare collection systems, upgrading services for our buses, subways, and ferries, and improving the accessibility of the entire system.

Learn more

Related Projects

Side view of new Green Line car at Riverside (July 2018)

This project is one of many we're working on to ensure twice as many passengers have access to a safer, more comfortable, and more reliable Green Line by 2030.

Learn more about the Green Line Transformation

Recent Updates

View all project updates

Share Your Feedback

An E Ink sign at the Broadway @ Norwood stop in Everett

We'll soon be surveying riders at bus stops to learn about their experiences with the signs. In the meantime, send us any feedback you may have.

Send feedback about bus E Ink

Closeup of an E Ink sign on the outbound platform at Beaconsfield

Is there an E Ink sign at your Green Line Station? We want to hear what you think about it.

Take the Green Line survey