MBTA commuter rail conductors receive special smartphones - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

MBTA commuter rail conductors receive special smartphones

Posted: Updated:

BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – Conductors on the commuter rails are testing out a new program to stay informed while behind the controls.
    
The Boston Globe reports 24 conductors have been given specially programmed iPhones which run a special application to provide train locations, messages from dispatchers, as well as track and schedule information.
    
The smartphones, called conductor companions, will not be able to send texts, e-mails, make calls, or surf the Internet.
    
The pilot program is divided between conductors at North and South Station and will be evaluated for three months for a potential expansion.
    
The MBTA says this is a first of its kind for the commuter service. They say they spent about $100,000 on the phones and the app.

Powered by WorldNow

25 FOX Drive
Dedham, MA 02026

Phone (781) 467-2525

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices