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These apps (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. Check your device's app store for even more!

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

 

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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

Citymapper

Citymapper

Made by:
Citymapper

Platform:
Web (Mobile optimized)

What it does:
Designed to be the "ultimate transit app," its mission is to make cities easier to use! This app provides an A to B journey planner, real-time arrival information, nearby stop info, and service disruption info.

Notes:
freeUses 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

 


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

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

 


 


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

 

Acehopper app

Acehopper

Made by:
Acehopper

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

 

Addison app

Addison

Made by:
Paul Yuan and Michael Rothschild

What it does:
Addison takes a visual approach at representing information and empowers commuters to make efficient and real-time transit decisions based on immediate surroundings.

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

 

Citymapper

Citymapper

Made by:
Citymapper

What it does:
Designed to be the "ultimate transit app," its mission is to make cities easier to use! This app provides an A to B journey planner, real-time arrival information, nearby stop info, and service disruption info.

Notes:
freeUses 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

 


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

 

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

 


chicago bicycle map app

Chicago Bike Guide

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

 

Roadify

Roadify

Made by:
Roadify

What it does:
Free real-time transit info for trains, buses, bike shares and more. Roadify Transit answers commuters’ three most important questions about urban transportation: When will my ride be here? Why is it late? How do I get there? 

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

 

Transit App

Transit

Made by:
Transit App

What it does:
Transit is the fastest way to get going in Chicago! This app displays all nearby transport options and departure times instantly. Bus running late, again? Quickly plan a new route, request an Uber, or grab the closest Divvy bike.

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

 

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 & free app versionsUses 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
 

 

TripGo app

TripGo

Made by:
SkedGo

What it does:
Your next generation trip planner that provides all your door-to-door options for easy comparison - including public transport, taxi and bike share.  Works around all major cities, TripGo is an award winning transport app that has got you covered wherever your travel preferences are.

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

 


zoute app

Zoute

Made by:
Zoute, Inc.

What it does:
Zoute helps you identify the bus stops and subway routes closest to you, tracks them in realtime, and quickly takes you to your favorite destinations - all from our free mobile app.

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

 


 

for iPhone or iPad

acehopper app

Acehopper

Made by:
Acehopper

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

 

All Aboard app

All Aboard

Made by:
Jordan Fulghum

What it does:
A simple and beautiful bus tracker for the CTA — All Aboard knows your location, and finds your nearest stop automatically.

Notes:
free appUses data from CTA Bus Tracker

 

Citymapper

Citymapper

Made by:
Citymapper

What it does:
Designed to be the "ultimate transit app," its mission is to make cities easier to use! This app provides an A to B journey planner, real-time arrival information, nearby stop info, and service disruption info.

Notes:
freeUses 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

 

chicago bicycle map app

Chicago Bike Guide

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

 


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:
free 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 TrackerHas routing (trip planning) features

 

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

 


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

 

Roadify

Roadify

Made by:
Roadify

What it does:
Free real-time transit info for trains, buses, bike shares and more. Roadify Transit answers commuters’ three most important questions about urban transportation: When will my ride be here? Why is it late? How do I get there? 

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

 

Transit App

Transit

Made by:
Transit App

What it does:
Transit is the fastest way to get going in Chicago! This app displays all nearby transport options and departure times instantly. Bus running late, again? Quickly plan a new route, request an Uber, or grab the closest Divvy bike.

Notes:
free appUses 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

 

transit master app

Transit Master

Made by:
Cheng Fan

What it does:
Uses a minimalist and sleek design to provide easy and fast CTA Bus and Train stop and tracking info. Color-coded prediction times give a quick scan of what's coming up. Universal app that works great and responsively on both iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad.

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

 


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

 

transittracker app

TransitTracker

Made by:
Raging Coders

What it does:
Find the nearest bus, train or metra stations with scheduled stops and view upcoming departures with just two quick taps. See actual departure times and vehicle locations where available. Includes a trip planner to help discover the city.

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

 

treking app

TreKing

Made by:
Rez Mobile

What it does:
Provides arrival times; saves favorite stops; plans trips; finds nearby stops. Works with CTA, Metra, Pace, and South Shore.

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

 

TripGo app

TripGo

Made by:
SkedGo

What it does:
Your next generation trip planner that provides all your door-to-door options for easy comparison - including public transport, taxi and bike share.  Works around all major cities, TripGo is an award winning transport app that has got you covered wherever your travel preferences are.

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

 


zoute app

Zoute

Made by:
Zoute, Inc.

What it does:
Zoute helps you identify the bus stops and subway routes closest to you, tracks them in realtime, and quickly takes you to your favorite destinations - all from our free mobile app.

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

 


 

for Windows Phone

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 TrackerHas routing (trip planning) features

 

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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Uses information for buses and/or trains from our GTFS feed Uses GTFS (schedule) info and/or system information from City of Chicago Data Portal
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