• MBTA commuter rail conductors receive special smartphones


    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.

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