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(unless otherwise noted) are not made by CTA, and CTA does not sell or license the apps. They are written by third parties.

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App Center

This page showcases a selection of just some of the apps—for computers, smartphones and other, various devices—made using data published by CTA.

Developers: Have you made an app you'd like us to consider listing? E-mail us.

This page is about current apps that use CTA data. Looking for info on the upcoming Ventra app?

 

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Web/computer apps

cta d-i-y bus tracker display

DIY Transit Info Display (beta)

Made by:
cta (official)

Platform:
Web

What it does:
Shows estimated arrival times for both CTA buses and trains, alerts and weather in a Web-based slideshow for use on kiosks.

Notes:
freeUses data from CTA Bus TrackerUses data from CTA Train TrackerUses Customer Alert information from transitchicago.com

Mac O S Ten Bus Tracker Widget

Bus Tracker Widget for Mac OS X

Made by:
Kevin Zolkiewicz

Platform:
Mac OS X Dashboard

What it does:
Shows estimated arrival times for a bus stop on your Mac OS X Dashboard.

Notes:
freeUses data from CTA Bus Tracker

ETA Chicago app

ETA Chicago

Made by:
11hundred, rosem

Platform:
Web (Mobile optimized)

What it does:
Gives you up to the minute train and bus times via location-aware Web app. Nothing to type. Nothing to download.

Notes:
freeUses data from CTA Bus TrackerUses data from CTA Train Tracker

HopStop

HopStop

Made by:
HopStop

Platform:
Web

What it does:
Provides transit trip planning. Get door-to-door directions for transit, walking, biking and more. See maps of nearby transit, save recent searches and favorites. Also provides local info.

Notes:
freeUses information for buses and/or trains from our GTFS feedHas routing (trip planning) features


Mapnificent

Mapnificent

Made by:
Stefan Wehrmeyer

Platform:
Web

What it does:
Shows you the areas you can reach with public transportation in a specified time from a specified location. You can use it to find the best places to live, work or meet up.

Notes:
freeUses information for buses and/or trains from our GTFS feed

Mass Up app

MassUp.us

Made by:
Andrew Bedno

Platform:
Web (mobile optimized)

What it does:
Designed for bicyclists, provides route recording, weather, news, directions and more, including finding the train stops nearest you and shows arrival times automatically.

Notes:
freeUses information for buses and/or trains from city data portal

multi stop chicago

MultiStop: Chicago iGoogle Gadget

Made by:
Dave Sohigian

Platform:
iGoogle

What it does:
Shows real-time estimated arrivals for up to 10 bus stops

Notes:
freeUses data from CTA Bus Tracker

transitly

Transitly

Made by:
Liquid Mongoose

Platform:
Web (mobile optimized)

What it does:
Displays scheduled departures with iPhone/Android devices in mind, saves viewed routes, uses location for route and stop sorting, quick access to timetables.

Notes:
freeUses information for buses and/or trains from our GTFS feed


 


Phone/mobile device apps

 

for Android

anystop app

AnyStop Chicago

Made by:
Blinktag, Inc.

What it does:
Shows scheduled bus and train arrivals and can use device location data to find routes and stops near you and display these on a map.

Notes:
free appUses information for buses and/or trains from our GTFS feed

 

attraction seeker app

Attractionseeker

Made by:
Attractionseeker

What it does:
Lets you search for local attractions and events, find discounts and provides easy access to get estimated arrivals for bus & train stops.

Notes:
free appUses data from CTA Bus TrackerUses data from CTA Train Tracker

 

chicago transit tracker app

Chicago Transit Tracker

Made by:
jsdf, llc

What it does:
Shows estimated arrivals for favorite or nearby bus or train stops, uses device location data, mapping, service alerts, shows time and date.

Notes:
paid & free versionsUses information for buses and/or trains from our GTFS feedUses data from CTA Bus TrackerUses data from CTA Train TrackerUses Customer Alert information from transitchicago.com

 

fast times app

FastTimes

Made by:
Mike Kelley

What it does:
Provides live bus and train predictions as well as a map with buses and transit stops. Users can easily add favorite 'L' and bus stops to the app homescreen.

Notes:
free appUses information for buses and/or trains from our GTFS feedUses data from CTA Bus TrackerUses data from CTA Train Tracker

 


Hopstop app

HopStop

Made by:
Hopstop

What it does:
Provides transit trip planning. Get door-to-door directions for transit, walking, biking and more. See maps of nearby transit, save recent searches and favorites. Also provides local info.

Notes:
freeUses information for buses and/or trains from our GTFS feedHas routing (trip planning) features
 

Moovit app

Moovit

Made by:
Moovit

What it does:
Offers real-time integrated public transit information that combines crowdsourced, real-time data with existing schedules to identify the fastest and most comfortable commuting alternatives.  

Notes:
free appUses information for buses and/or trains from our GTFS feedUses data from CTA Bus TrackerUses data from CTA Train Tracker
 

 

Red Eye app

RedEye

Made by:
RedEye Chicago

What it does:
Has features from the useful (CTA Bus and Train Trackers, RedEye news) to the playful (Missed Connections, Metromix bar and restaurant guide).

Notes:
free appUses information for buses and/or trains from our GTFS feedUses Customer Alert information from transitchicago.comUses data from CTA Bus Tracker

 

 

ride chicago app

Ride Chicago

Made by:
Dattan Labs

What it does:
Provides live bus & train arrival times, alerts and maps with nearby stops. Users can create a list of favorite stops.

Notes:
free appUses data from CTA Bus TrackerUses data from CTA Train TrackerUses Customer Alert information from transitchicago.com

 


transitcast app

TransiCast

Made by:
Joachim Pfeiffer

What it does:
Displays estimated arrivals for bus stops, provides mapping, uses device location to search for nearby stops, has alarm functionality. Also works in Portland and San Francisco.

Notes:

paid & free app versionsUses information for buses and/or trains from our GTFS feedUses data from CTA Bus TrackerUses Customer Alert information from transitchicago.com

 

 

transitchatter app

TransitChatter

Made by:
TransitChatter

What it does:
Provides news, deals, entertainment, events and route-based chat rooms.

Notes:
free appUses information for buses and/or trains from our GTFS feed

 

transittimes app

TransitTimes

Made by:
Quentin Zervaas

What it does:
Provides trip planning, offline schedules and real-time bus positions for Chicago and many other cities in the USA and Canada.

Notes:
paid appUses information for buses and/or trains from our GTFS feedUses data from CTA Bus TrackerHas routing (trip planning) features

 

transit tracks app

Transit Tracks

Made by:
duanstar

What it does:
Displays arrival times for Chicago buses and 'L' trains. Users can also bookmark commonly used stops, or search for stops nearby.

Notes:

paid & free app versionsUses data from CTA Bus TrackerUses data from CTA Train TrackerUses Customer Alert information from transitchicago.com

 

 


treking app

TreKing

Made by:
Rez Mobile

What it does:
Provides arrival times, service alerts and arrival notifications. Saves favorite stops and routes, plans trips, finds nearby stops, shows routes on map. Multiple features work offline. Works with CTA, Metra & Pace.

Notes:
paid & free app versionsUses data from CTA Bus TrackerUses data from CTA Train TrackerUses information for buses and/or trains from our GTFS feedUses Customer Alert information from transitchicago.comHas routing (trip planning) features
 

 


 

for iPhone, iPad and/or iPod touch

attraction seeker app

Attractionseeker

Made by:
Attractionseeker

What it does:
Lets you search for local attractions and events, find discounts and provides easy access to get estimated arrivals for bus & train stops.

Notes:
free appUses data from CTA Bus TrackerUses data from CTA Train Tracker

 

buster app

Buster

Made by:
Electropuf

What it does:
Shows estimated arrivals for a bus stop, uses location data to find nearby stops, and stores your most-used stops for quick access.

Notes:
paid appUses information for buses and/or trains from our GTFS feedUses data from CTA Bus Tracker

 

chicago offline bicycle map app

Chicago Offline Bike Map

Made by:
Steven Vance

What it does:
Stores a custom-designed bike map on your device, shows transit stations and lines in relation to bike network, and more, without the need for a data connection.

Notes:
paid appUses information for buses and/or trains from our GTFS feed

 

chitransit app

ChiTransit

Made by:
Flying Cranes

What it does:
Provides train schedules, bus arrival times, and bus tracking on Google maps. Browse for stops or use your current location to find the nearest stops. Recent stops are saved for quick and easy access.

Notes:
paid appUses information for buses and/or trains from our GTFS feedUses data from CTA Bus Tracker

 

 


chicago transit tracker app (iOS version)

Chicago Transit Tracker

Made by:
jsdf, llc

What it does:
Shows estimated arrivals for favorite bus stops.

Notes:
free appUses data from CTA Bus Tracker

 

CTAR

CTAR

Made by:
Promet Source

What it does:
Shows nearest Chicago bus and train stops and their arrival times with augmented reality. 

Notes:
free appUses data from CTA Bus TrackerUses data from CTA Train Tracker

 

hopstop app

HopStop

Made by:
HopStop

What it does:
Provides transit trip planning. Get door-to-door directions for transit, walking, biking and more. See maps of nearby transit, save recent searches and favorites. Also provides local info.

Notes:
free appUses information for buses and/or trains from our GTFS feedHas routing (trip planning) features

 

 

itrans app

iTrans

Made by:
iTrans

What it does:
Provides directions and schedule information for travel between train stations, shows maps, uses device location data and provides service alert information.
 

Notes:
paid appUses information for buses and/or trains from our GTFS feedUses Customer Alert information from transitchicago.comHas routing (trip planning) features
 

 


Moovit app

Moovit

Made by:
Moovit

What it does:
Offers real-time integrated public transit information that combines crowdsourced, real-time data with existing schedules to identify the fastest and most comfortable commuting alternatives.  

Notes:
free appUses information for buses and/or trains from our GTFS feedUses data from CTA Bus TrackerUses data from CTA Train Tracker
 

 

myTransit - cta

myTransit

Made by:
Livespark

What it does:
Provides arrival times and maps buses and bus stop locations; allows you to look up arrivals by favorite stops or using your GPS location.
 

Notes:
paid appUses information for buses and/or trains from our GTFS feedUses data from CTA Bus Tracker
 

 

Quick Train app

QuickTrain

Made by:
sushiGrass

What it does:
Utilizing your device's GPS hardware, Quicktrain finds which station you are currently at and displays the train approaching, quickly.

Notes:
Paid appUses data from CTA Train Tracker

 

 

Next Transit app

Next Transit

Made by:
Jamus LLC

What it does:
Next Transit provides quick and easy access to estimated train and bus arrivals times for CTA buses & trains. Allows you to pick stops, uses location and stores favorites.

Notes:
free appUses information for buses and/or trains from our GTFS feedUses data from CTA Bus TrackerUses data from CTA Train Tracker

 

 


Red Eye app

RedEye

Made by:
RedEye Chicago

What it does:
Has features from the useful (CTA Bus and Train Trackers, RedEye news) to the playful (CTA Missed Connections, Metromix bar and restaurant guide).

Notes:
free appUses information for buses and/or trains from our GTFS feedUses Customer Alert information from transitchicago.comUses data from CTA Bus Tracker

 

 

The Transit App

The Transit App

Made by:
Sam Vermette & Guillaume Campagna

What it does:
Shows estimated arrivals for favorite bus stops.

Notes:
paid & free app versionsUses information for buses and/or trains from our GTFS feedUses data from CTA Bus TrackerUses data from CTA Train TrackerHas routing (trip planning) features

 

transit buddy app

Transit Buddy

Made by:
Shabbir Vijapura and Glenn Joseph

What it does:
Allows users to track bus and train times easily and quickly; stops can be saved as favorites; users can schedule notifications based on their schedule throughout the week.

Notes:
free appUses data from CTA Bus TrackerUses data from CTA Train Tracker

 

transitchatter app

TransitChatter

Made by:
TransitChatter

What it does:
Provides tracking and alerts, news, deals, entertainment, events and route-based chat rooms.

Notes:
free appUses information for buses and/or trains from our GTFS feedUses data from CTA Bus TrackerUses data from CTA Train TrackerUses Customer Alert information from transitchicago.com

 


transit genie app

TransitGenie

Made by:
UIC Bitslab

What it does:
Provides multimodal trip planning with CTA, Metra and Pace; walking and cycling and integrates CTA Bus Tracker data into results with CTA buses.

Notes:
free appUses information for buses and/or trains from our GTFS feedUses Customer Alert information from transitchicago.comUses data from CTA Bus TrackerHas routing (trip planning) features

 

 

transittimes app

TransitTimes

Made by:
Quentin Zervaas

What it does:
Provides trip planning, offline schedules and real-time bus positions for Chicago and many other cities in the USA and Canada.

Notes:
paid appUses information for buses and/or trains from our GTFS feedUses data from CTA Bus TrackerHas routing (trip planning) features

 


 

 

for Windows Phone

Tranzit

Transit Chicago

Made by:
Mohammed Adenwala

What it does:
Provides real-time arrival info, online & offline maps, alerts, location sensitivity and favorites/homescreen pins. For Windows Phone 7.0 & 7.5.

Notes:
paid & free versionsUses information for buses and/or trains from our GTFS feedUses data from CTA Bus TrackerUses data from CTA Train TrackerUses Customer Alert information from transitchicago.com

 


 


Dial-in applications

These applications are designed for helping you use transit on the go with CTA data, but work via a telephone call rather than through software you install or pages you view in a browser.

 

Phone

Philmore Productions Transportation Tracker

Made by:
Philmore Productions

What it does:
Allows you to call a number and use a touch-tone phone to get audio arrival times for CTA buses and trains, either by entering a stop code number or searching for a stop by street name.

Notes:
free appUses data from CTA Bus TrackerUses data from CTA Train Tracker

 


 

 


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