Track info to disappear 1 minute before departure
Measure seen as way to improve passenger safety
SOUTH STATION commuters who leave themselves little time to get to their platforms may soon need to change their habits or risk missing their trains altogether.
Starting on March 18, display boards inside South Station will remove track information for trains one minute before their scheduled departures. Any passenger who arrives within that range will not be able to determine from the signs where an imminently leaving train is boarding.
All signs except displays on tracks themselves will be affected.
Commuter rail officials said the change will “further improve passenger safety” and prevent delayed departures.
The practice will start at South Station, and Keolis and the MBTA will review its success before considering expansion to North Station or other major stops.