A reader spotted this new real-time information at the 28th Street 6 station, part of the MTA's much-anticipated but very delayed program to empower subway riders with information about when the next trains will arrive.

What is on the horizon is a likely grim period for the MTA: The NY Times paints a depressing picture about the MTA's future, given the MTA's perpetual woes (lots of demands, no money for them) and how the state and city aren't going to fork over more funds. Also, the economic downturn means "Fewer jobs mean that fewer people pay fares on the authority’s trains and buses and fewer drivers pay tolls at its bridges and tunnels, depressing revenues." Get ready for those fare hikes.