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Countdown clocks out of service on 34th Street bus line

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It’s back to the dark ages for bus riders along 34th Street in Manhattan, where countdown clocks at bus shelters have been turned off temporarily for maintenance and upgrades.

“Especially when there is a snowstorm, you can tell if you should wait or walk,” said one inconvenienced rider, Zakiya Worrell, 32, of Canarsie.

The digital displays along the M16 and M34 lines showing expected bus arrival times have been turned off since Feb. 17, according to the MTA website, and may not be back on for up to four weeks, CEMUSA, the bus shelter company confirmed Tuesday.

CEMUSA spokeswoman Risa Heller said it’s the first time the boards have been deactivated for upgrades and no future ones are scheduled.

An MTA spokesman said riders can still get bus arrival times on its website and by text message.

However, riders said that they’ve gotten used to the timers, which are particularly useful during the current cold, harsh winter.

“If it’s freezing outside, it makes me tolerant of the cold if I know it’s on its way,” said Richard Lehman, 42, of Midtown.

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