Jukeboxes at some Atlanta bars can help you figure out a ride home


With so many forms of local transportation in the Atlanta area, getting home safely from a long night out is as easy as catching MARTA or ordering an Uber. Now, finding out when the next bus arrives can be as easy as looking at the jukebox in the corner of your local bar.

TransitScreen, a global information company, has partnered with TouchTunes Media and Pernod Ricard USA, a spirits and wine company, to add a real-time, local transit display feature to TouchTunes Digital Jukeboxes in over 200 locations around the United States.

TransitScreen appears in the jukebox’s video loop and shows information about nearby trains, subways, buses and taxis as well as ride-hailing options such as Uber or Lyft. Patrons can also select the information directly.

There are currently 17 bars and taverns in Atlanta that have these newly updated jukeboxes, including Smith’s Olde Bar, Tin Roof Cantina and Dark Horse Tavern.

“We’ve all been in that situation where we’ve had a few too many to drink,” said Ryan Croft, TransitScreen co-founder and chief operating officer. “We want to give these people a few options to get home safely.”

Croft said the number of locations with these upgraded jukeboxes will reach 700 by the end of this week, and the next step is for all 10,000 bars within the TouchTunes network to have TransitScreen functionality.

More Atlanta bars are included in the 500 locations adding TransitScreen functionality by the end of the week.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reached out to several of the establishments that already have it, and because the program is so new, there isn’t much positive or negative feedback from customers.

Several Pernod Ricard USA liquor brands, such as Jameson, Absolut and Malibu, sponsor the TouchTunes Media local transit information program.

Croft said he would love to see TransitScreen’s services expand to large venues such as the Georgia Dome or SunTrust Park.

“It makes a lot of sense to expand to these places — any place where people will have a beer or two,” Croft said.


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