CTA Announces Largest Expansion of the Bus Tracker Program with the Addition of 24 Routes on March 2

February 12, 2009

On Monday, March 2, the largest expansion of the Bus Tracker web site will take place with the addition of 24 routes. Customers will have access to real-time service information for a total of 110 of CTA’s 153 bus routes—nearly 72 percent.

CTA Bus Tracker is a web-based program that uses global positioning system (GPS) technology to provide customers with the locations and estimated arrival times of buses operating along activated bus routes.
“Successful programs like Bus Tracker are changing the public’s perception of public transit and are contributing factors as to why many of our customers are continuing to use our bus and rail services,” said Acting CTA President Dorval Carter. “The feedback CTA has received from customers indicates Bus Tracker is a welcomed and valuable tool, particularly during inclement weather, as it allows customers to reduce the amount of time spent waiting outside at a bus stop.”
Next week, CTA will begin posting signs at bus stops along the following 24 routes, which will be activated on the Bus Tracker web site on March 2:

  • #1 Indiana/Hyde Park
  • #8A South Halsted
  • #14 Jeffery Express
  • #15 Jeffery Local
  • #24 Wentworth
  • #28 Stony Island
  • #X28 Stony Island Express
  • #29 State
  • #34 South Michigan
  • #49A South Western
  • #53 Pulaski
  • #54 Cicero
  • #X54 Cicero Express
  • #57 Laramie
  • #65 Grand
  • #66 Chicago
  • #70 Division
  • #71 71st/South Shore
  • #72 North
  • #73 Armitage
  • #74 Fullerton
  • #76 Diversey
  • #111 Pullman/111th/115th
  • #119 Michigan/119th

The dedicated CTA Bus Tracker web site (www.ctabustracker.com) provides customers with a route map where icons indicate the location and direction of buses currently in service on up to five routes, an alarm feature that alerts customers when a bus is approaching their selected bus stop, and the estimated arrival times at bus stops.

The CTA Bus Tracker web site is accessible from computers and web-enabled wireless devices for customers to view the arrival times of buses along a route. BlackBerry™

users must have version 4.1 or higher. Personal digital assistants (PDAs) must have full Internet access capabilities through web browsers that support HyperText Markup Language (HTML) such as Internet Explorer®. Customers who use PDAs are able to access the arrival time display only. Cell phone users should contact their wireless service providers for information on their phone's Internet capabilities.

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