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NYC Subways to Get More Touchscreen Travel Kiosks

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In a continued effort to improve public transportation through technology, the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority has announced plans to roll out at least 77 new On the Go! touchscreen travel kiosks in stations throughout the city.

Like the kiosks already installed at Grand Central Terminal, Penn Station and the Bowling Green station in Manhattan, the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center in Brooklyn and at the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue station in Queens, the new On the Go! Travel Stations will offer real-time service status, escalator and elevator status, and transportation directions and maps.

A spokesperson for Control Group Inc., one of the two companies contracted to produce the new kiosks, told ABC News that the idea behind implementing these On the Go! units in more New York City transit stations is about "bringing the innovations of the web and mobile to 100-year-old infrastructure."

The On the Go! software will be able to support MTA-sponsored third-party apps.

Control Group, tasked with producing "anywhere from 47 to 90" kiosks for the city, according to the MTA, is no stranger to public software design and development projects. Some of its most recent work has been with the Brooklyn Tech Triangle, the Delta terminal at LaGuardia Airport and the New York City Reinvent Payphones competition. CBS Outdoor is also under contract to produce 30 On the Go! Travel Stations for the city.

The MTA's original launch of On the Go! was a collaboration with Cisco. "With On the Go, we are adding yet another layer of state-of-the-art customer communications into our subway system, but it goes far beyond the already helpful information provided by our countdown clocks and the displays in our new technology subway cars," MTA NYC Transit President Thomas F. Prendergast said two years ago in a statement.

A spokesperson for the MTA told ABC News that the dates for installing these new On the Go! units are not yet certain, but that the kiosks would be placed in 16 different stations.

The city also began setting up high-tech telephone booths around its five boroughs last year. The booths, or "SmartScreen" stations, which are made in partnership with Cicso and LG, include 32-inch multi-touch displays with apps that let you search for local restaurants and other information.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


NY Commuters Can No Longer Use Subway as Tardy Excuse

iStockphotos/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New York City commuters no longer can lie to say they were late because of subway delays.

That’s because the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which manages the city’s public transportation, has released a searchable digital archive of all service alerts that were issued via email and text message for all MTA services.

The service alerts go as far back as October 2008 and are updated in real-time, the MTA said in a statement.

Each entry has the date and precise time the message was sent, “down to the hundredth of a second,” the MTA said.

The MTA provides 2.63 billion trips each year and is North America’s largest transportation network, according to its website.

“The MTA is the most transparent public transportation agency in the world,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph J. Lhota in a statement.  “The inclusion of this information on the website furthers our transparency achievement by allowing members of the public to carefully scrutinize how we provide service-related information to our customers.  We’re delighted to provide this level of openness.”

Latecomers to work may not be so delighted, however, to find their late-subway excuse won’t hold up to scrutiny.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Subway Tests New Vegan Sandwiches

Courtesy Compassion Over Killing(NEW YORK) -- Subway has expanded its menu beyond the world of carnivores and vegetarians.  The company announced this week that it will begin offering three vegan sandwiches at locations in Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia.

The sandwiches come in Sweet Riblet, Malibu Greek and Italian Black Bean varieties.  They can be served on one of the five vegan breads offered at the restaurant: Roasted Garlic, Sourdough, Light Wheat English Muffin, Hearty Italian and Hearty Italian White.

Tempted to try one?  The foot-long sandwiches cost $7.00 and the 6-inch costs $4.50.

This isn’t the first time the company has had vegan options. “Totally Vegged” vegan patties were offered at locations in Canada last summer.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Pizza Hut Tries to Bite into Subway’s Sales

Image credit: Pizza Hut(NEW YORK) -- It’s a battle of sandwich versus sandwich.  Pizza Hut is taking on Subway in its marketing campaign promoting the launch of the new P’zolo sandwich.

With advertising that says “See ya subs” on Chicago subway trains covered in P’zolo advertising, the Pizza Hut chain isn’t being discreet.  The New York Times reported other lines that said, “Say so long to the footlong” and “More bang for your 5 bucks.”

The P’zolo sandwich comes in Meat Trio, Buffalo Chicken or Italian Steak options with ranch or marinara dipping sauce.  Its pricing rivals the Subway sandwich: $3 per sandwich or 2 for $5.  Subway is known for its $5 footlong sandwich.

This isn’t Pizza Hut’s first foray in the sandwich market.  It sold the P’zone, a pizza-flavored calzone, as its first attempt to lure sandwich shoppers.

How many calories will a P’zolo cost you? Pizza Hut has yet to post the nutritional content of the sandwich.  Subways range from 300 to 500 calories for their footlongs.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Subway Ups Ante In Dollar Menu War

Scott Olson/Getty Images(MILFORD, Conn.) -- Subway is offering a $2 subs in December, which may excite frugal fans but still keep franchisees happy. The sandwich chain announced this week it was only selling its 6-inch meatball marinara and cold cut combo sandwiches at the discounted prices of $2 during its Customer Appreciation Month.

Since the economic downturn began, many fast-food restaurants have featured dollar menus for a limited number of items or time period, such as Taco Bell’s $2 menu from mid-2010. McDonald’s currently has eight items on its $1 menu.

It seems a difference of $1 can make or break a promotion in the eyes of franchisees. When Burger King announced the $1 double cheeseburger in 2009, franchisees sued, saying they could not make a profit at that price.  Franchisees, represented by the National Franchisee Association, and Burger King reached a settlement in April, leaving the double cheeseburger on the Value Menu at $1.29.

The franchisees did not get money in the settlement but gained more power in future decisions about the Value Menu. Burger King did not return a request for comment.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Zagat Survey Ranks Top Fast Food Chains

Thinkstock Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Subway is considered the most popular “Mega” fast food chain, while Starbucks finds itself rated the number one “Quick Refreshment” stop, according to Zagat’s latest annual National Fast Food Restaurant Survey.

The survey divided restaurant chains into four categories: Mega Chains with over 5,000 outlets; Large Chains with up to 5,000 outlets; Quick Refreshment outlets that focus on specific food items such as beverages and ice cream; and Full Service outlets.  The survey involved 6,064 diners.

Here are the results, listed in order:

Popular Favorites
-- Mega Chains: Subway, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Taco Bell
-- Large Chains: Five Guys, Panera Bread, Chipotle, Chick-fil-A, In-N-Out Burger
-- Quick Refreshment: Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Culver’s, Ben & Jerry’s, Cold Stone Creamery

Top Overall Rated Chains
-- Mega Chains: Wendy’s, Subway, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, KFC
-- Large Chains: Chick-fil-A, In-N-Out Burger, Papa Murphy’s, Panera Bread, Chipotle
-- Quick Refreshment: Pinkberry, Red Mango, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Culver’s, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Zagat also asked respondents to name the best fast food chain for a variety of categories.  Their answers are listed below:

-- Burger: Five Guys
-- Fried Chicken: KFC
-- Grilled Chicken: Chick-fil-A
-- Fish: Long John Silver's
-- French Fries: McDonald's
-- Coffee: Starbucks
-- Milkshakes: Dairy Queen
-- Ice Cream/Custard: Ben & Jerry's
-- Smoothies/Frozen Yogurt: Red Mango
-- Breakfast Sandwiches: McDonald's
-- Salads: Panera Bread
-- Value Menu: McDonald's
-- Overall Value: McDonald's
-- Child-Friendly: McDonald's
-- Drive-Thru: McDonald's
-- Wings: Buffalo Wild Wings

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