Sign showing trains to either O'Hare or Forest Park on each platform side

Finding your way

We make it easy to find your way on transit.

Trip planning tools

The easiest way to plan a trip is to use a trip-planning service. Google Maps or the RTA Travel Information Center can all help you plan your trip.

exicon_gmapsPlan a trip with Google Maps

You can now get transit and walking directions from Google Transit, a part of Google Maps!

Plan your trip on the Web at

More info:
Google Maps


rtalogoCall the RTA Travel Information Center

You can get travel information from the RTA Travel Information Center by calling +1 (312) 836-7000.


  • The center is open from 6am to 7pm, Monday thru Saturday.
  • For faster service, be ready to give your starting point and destination and the day and time at which you wish to travel.
  • For RTA Travel Information via TTY, call (312) 836-4949.


Third-party apps

Many third-party transit apps use data from CTA to create trip planners to help you navigate cities on transit, step by step. You can check your device's app store for popular, trusted apps that give transit directions. (We can't control or vet third party apps for you, so use caution downloading third party apps and do so at your own risk.)


Planning a trip yourself


We publish a number of maps to help you find your way.

Additionally, maps are posted in each railcar and station to help you plan your trip when riding the 'L'.

Schedules & Route Guides

Our System Guide helps you find more information about any of our bus or rail routes.


More help

For help determining where to wait for a bus or train, visit our How-To Guides for Riding the Bus and Riding the Train.

System status snapshot
‘L’ route status
Red Line
Normal Service
Blue Line
Normal Service
Brown Line
Normal Service
Green Line
Normal Service
Orange Line
Normal Service
Pink Line
Normal Service
Purple Line
Normal Service
Yellow Line
Normal Service
Bus routes w/alerts
Elevator alerts