Bus Tracker Shelter Displays

Bus Tracker Displays

An image showing where the signs are mounted on bus sheltersWe know you love CTA Bus Tracker SM and we know you like the shelter signs. The CTA is installing even more LED screens with audio at bus shelters around town, and even at CTA stations.

The displays tell you when the next buses are estimated to arrive, for all routes that serve that location.

Project update, Fall 2014

We currently have installed 280 CTA Bus Tracker signs in the city’s busiest bus shelters and by late winter of 2015, we expect to have installed a total of 420 CTA Bus Tracker displays. The first 152 were installed by the spring 2012, with 20 more installed as part of the launch of the #J14 Jeffery Jump bus route in late 2012. An additional 108 were installed in 2013, during which time we made additional enhancements to improve the cellular carrier connectivity at existing shelters.  

We intend to install an additional 140 CTA Bus Tracker signs at bus boarding locations. Of those displays, 70 will be installed at bus shelters with high ridership starting by the end of 2014 and are expected to be completed by the end of February 2015.

The remaining 70 CTA Bus Tracker signs will be installed at rail stations that have high numbers of customers who transfer between rail and bus service. The signs at these locations will look exactly the same as the shelter signs to maintain a consistent look and experience for CTA Bus Tracker information. We intend to install these displays beginning in early 2015 and expect to complete the project by the end of summer, so that customers can safely wait comfortably inside our stations for connecting buses.

Shelter locations

The initial installations are based on locations that serve multiple bus routes. The installations represent about 20 percent of total bus shelters citywide, but will serve about 80 percent of CTA bus riders. We have worked hard to pick bus stops that benefit communities across the city, assist you with your bus trip and reach as many riders as possible. 



This map shows where the current 280 shelter signs are currently installed and where the next 140 are planned over the next year.

CTA - System Information - Map Showing Bus Stop Shelters in Digital Sign Project

Interactive map hosted courtesy City of Chicago Data Portal.


Complete list

For a complete list of shelter locations, you can also view or download a complete list of stops in this program via the City of Chicago Data Portal or directly download a list in Excel format.


An image showing what the "play audio" button looks likeAccessibility

Each sign is equipped with a push button and speaker to announce the estimated arrival times for our riders with visual impairments. The push button is located inside the shelter, typically on the left front pole when facing the street, at a height of 42 inches above the ground.  Push the button once and a speaker inside the shelter will announce upcoming arrivals.

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