You’re probably wondering: Why would I use the jukebox when I can just search out the same info on my smartphone?
“One, it’s just easier,” says Ryan Croft, founder of TransitScreen, which provides similar up-to-the-minute transit intel in the lobbies of various high-end apartment buildings nationwide.
Obviously, the jukebox screen is bigger than your phone, “so there’s more information that you can fit on one screen,” Croft says. That added space allows you to survey the bus, subway, and car service situation all in one place.
Say it’s raining. Uber is charging surge prices at the three times the usual fee. Why pay $50 to get home when you can clearly see that the closest subway train is four minutes away?
Also: “Your phone could be dead by that time of night, or you might not get service in that dive bar,” adds Croft. The jukebox is a workable alternative in either case.
Thankfully, not every transportation option is available through the new jukebox application, Croft notes.
“We do take off Citi Bike and we take off car-sharing from all the bar displays, because if people are drinking, it’s probably not the best idea to hop on a bike -- and we definitely don’t want them to take a car,” he says.
Croft’s company aims to ultimately rollout the program to tens of thousands of bars nationwide.