News: 2008 Archived News Items
CTA Bus Tracker Program Expanding With Addition of 18 Bus Routes
05/05/2008 - adapted from CTA Press Release
Real-Time Bus Information Available for 32 Routes in May
Chicago Transit Authority President Ron Huberman today announced that 18 additional bus routes will be available on the CTA's Bus Tracker system effective Monday, May 19. Bus Tracker is a web-based program that uses global positioning system (GPS) technology and provides real-time information to customers via the dedicated CTA Bus Tracker web site. With these additions, customers will now be able to track buses on a total of 32 routes.
"Providing our customers with bus arrival information is a top priority at the CTA. The ongoing expansion of the Bus Tracker web site is indicative of the CTA's efforts to address this need and further improve the overall customer experience," said Huberman. "CTA is aggressively working to meet its goal of rolling out additional routes each month until all are live by early 2009."
CTA began posting signs this weekend at bus stops along the routes that will be added on May 19. Riders will be able to track and access the arrival times of their bus by visiting the Bus Tracker web site. Signs will be posted along the following 18 CTA bus routes:
- #9 Ashland
- #X9 Ashland Express
- #X20 Washington/Madison Express
- #21 Cermak
- #44 Wallace/Racine
- #47 47th
- #48 South Damen
- #50 Damen
- #51 51st
- #52A South Kedzie
- #53A South Pulaski
- #55 Garfield
- #X55 Garfield Express
- #59 59th/61st
- #60 Blue Island/26th
- #63 63rd
- #67 67th/69th/71st
- #75 74th/75th
The dedicated CTA Bus Tracker web site provides customers with a route map with icons indicating the location and direction of each bus currently in service, an alarm feature that will alert customers when a bus is approaching their selected bus stop, as well as the arrival times at bus stops.
For customers to access the arrival times of buses along a route, the CTA Bus Tracker web site is accessible from a computer and web-enabled wireless devices. BlackBerryTM users must have version 4.1 or higher. Personal digital assistants (PDAs) must have full Internet access capabilities through web browsers that support HyperText Markup Language (HTML) such as Internet Explorer®. Customers who use PDAs will be able to access the arrival time display only. Cell phone users should contact their wireless service providers for information on their phone's Internet capabilities.
- ITS Midwest honored the CTA Bus Tracker project with the "Public
Transportation Award" during the 2006
Edition of the ITS Midwest Award Program.