The New Technology That Could Cut Public Restroom Wait Times By 50%

July 1, 2014

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The annual 4th of July fireworks won’t be the only light show inspiring awe at the Hollywood Bowl this week. Concertgoers at the iconic Los Angeles venue are also ooh-ing and ahh-ing over new technology called Tooshlights, which is reducing restroom wait times.

It’s a simple yet elegant solution to the bane of concert, theater and sports event attendees everywhere. A light above each restroom stall glows green when the stall door is open and turns red when the door is locked, instantly showing which stalls are available. Allen Klevens, co-founder and CEO of Tooshlights, an L.A.-based startup, says that the technology could potentially cut wait times by up to 50 percent. It all gives new meaning to “green means go.”

At the Hollywood Bowl, Tooshlights’ first venue, Klevens says that “During a 20-minute intermission, mostly at the women’s restrooms, there were lines that would go all the way out the door.” Meanwhile, “there were stalls in the middle that were completely vacant and nobody knew,” because doors didn’t open or close properly or loo-goers weren’t paying attention.

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Andrew Bender
Andrew Bender
Forbes Contributor