CTA Bus Tracker can give you estimated arrival times by text message! This uses the “short message service” (SMS) that’s available on most mobile phones, but first you need to know your "stop ID" and what to text.
This new service is a "public beta." That means that everyone's welcome to try it, but we want your feedback to help us make it better.
Let us know what you think of this new service by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org!
We’ve made sure it’s easy to find stop IDs online. Simply jot down the stop IDs and take them with you when you travel for quick reference.
There are three ways to do it:
Important note: Bus stop IDs occasionally change (for example, when a stop is moved), and that it can take a few days for a change to make it to some systems, such as Google.
Additionally, a pilot program to put information on how to text Bus Tracker at CTA Bus Stops will be instituted soon.
Text ctabus [stopID] to 41411 for estimated arrival times. Get more details on how.
Important note: Standard carrier charges for text messaging may apply. Check with your mobile carrier first.