No more waiting in the cold! Now you can get the CTA Train Tracker via a dedicated website and there is a free Mobile page too. Customers using desktop computers or mobile web-enabled devices, such as iPhones, BlackBerries or smartphones, can access estimated arrival times for trains on all eight rail lines. It is a native Web application that runs in a browser. That means it’s not an “app” — there’s nothing to download, no device-specific versions to cover– just go to the page on the Web and it works and its FREE (click at bottom to go to website – bookmark this page). The menus make sense, the flow is simple, and the interface is what you’d expect it to be– route-colored bars white familiar typography.
- Estimated train arrival times based on “live” train information, using location data we have for trains that are in service.
- Scheduled arrival times are shown when there are no predictions for a given boarding position at your station.
- An easy-to-use interface designed for quick access to the information you want, whether you’re using the desktop or mobile version.
- Integrated Customer Alerts shown in the event planned work or an unavoidable delay affects service (and/or the reliability of predictions).
- The ability to customize how information is presented to you. Options include setting how many arrivals are shown, or grouping arrivals by route or track.
Customers who want to receive estimated arrival times for the next train can now go to www.transitchicago.com and follow the link to the CTA Train Tracker site. The Train Tracker is available for all 144 rail stations across CTA’s eight rail lines. The Web site prompts you to select which rail line you are traveling on and at which station you will board the train. Arrival times of approaching trains are provided within a 15-minute time frame for the selected station. The results will refresh every 20-30 seconds. “Following the popularity of Bus Tracker, the CTA has been developing a similar tool for riders to get estimated arrival times for trains,” said Rodriguez. “We are just as eager as our customers for this pilot program to launch so that our rail customers have the information they need to better plan their trips and make their experience on the CTA even more convenient and reliable.” Rodriguez said the system is designed to be accurate to within about a minute of a train’s arrival, though most train cars — unlike CTA buses — are not equipped with GPS trackers to give their exact location.
Chicago train riders can now figure out how long they’ll need to stand under those french fry lights to keep warm on frigid outdoor platforms, thanks to an online train tracker unveiled Saturday by the Chicago Transit Authority. Estimated times until the next train will arrive are listed on the CTA Web site, transitchicago.com, with a simplified version available for mobile devices. In addition to the online information, arrival data will also be displayed on digital signs at 13 stations: Clinton, Ashland and California on the Green Line; Lake, Garfield, Cermak-Chinatown and Jackson on the Red Line; Chicago on the Purple and Brown lines; Fullerton and Belmont, which are on the Red, Brown and Purple lines; Halsted on the Orange Line; Polk on the Pink Line; and UIC-Halsted on the Blue Line.