The Do-It-Yourself Transit Display is a Web-based app that shows a slideshow with estimated CTA bus and train arrival times, weather and more. All you need is a computer with an always-on Internet connection, a browser set to show at full screen, and a custom URL to display in the browser.
Use this form to generate the custom URL for your very own do-it-yourself display.
Easy configuration tool
Bus & Train Stop arrival slides
First, add bus and train stops to your slideshow. You'll need to pick at least one, and up to eight.
Each slide will show all arrivals for a different bus or train stop.
First, pick a stop, then pick "Add slide" to add it to the list.
Each slide automatically shows recent alerts that can affect service on routes served
by that stop.
You can select one bus stop as your "preferred stop." If you check a stop as preferred,
an extra slide will be added to the slideshow to display only the next arrival for
your preferred bus stop in very large text, so it can be seen from afar. This is
optional and is available only for bus stops. Only one stop can be checked at a time.
This tool can display text at three different sizes, to better suit the screen you're
going to set up for others to see.
Tip: The minimum size this tool is designed for use with is at full-screen
display with a resolution of 1024x768 (pixels wide by pixels high).
- We recommend choosing "small" for a display configured at as low a resolution
- For the default "medium" size, we recommend a screen at 1400x900 or greater.
- We do not recommend use of this tool on screens at resolutions of 800x600
pixels or lower.
Your slideshow can have a weather slide that shows current conditions for Chicago
and up to five days of forecast information (the number of days shown is dependent
on how wide the display area is; wider screens show more days). The default is to
include this slide.
CTA Train TrackerSM Options
Hide options panel in Train Tracker screens?
Transit alerts slide
Your slideshow can include a slide that shows only customer alerts. It'll show
current alerts for the routes you suggest. Enter route numbers, separated by commas,
without any spaces, for whichever routes you'd like to show.
Valid train route identifiers in this box are Red, Blue, Brn (for Brown), G (for Green), Org (for Orange), P (for Purple), Pink, and Y (for Yellow).
Enter routes (only if you want this slide):
If you've received a partner code from CTA, you can enter it here:
“Brought to you by” slide
If you'd like to promote yourself for having brought this service to your visitors, you can give yourself credit
Get your URL
Once you've filled out the information above, use this button to get your custom
Copy this address for use on your display computer, or see the
on how to manually