Yesterday, CTA announced the installation of 475 CTA Train Tracker screens have been completed ahead of the Labor Day 2013 completion schedule. The new tracking display screens allow customers to get estimated train-arrival times, taking some of the guessing out of commuting.
Throughout 2014 efforts will be taken to equip all CTA stations with multi-display screen, for a total of at least 1000 new CTA Train Tracker displays. Installation of the displays will be occurring as CTA upgrades station and platform technology capabilities that can support a new and improved public address system and newer security cameras.
The estimated times are generated through a combination of scheduling information and data generated by software that monitors the signal system to indicate when a portion of the track is occupied by a train. " Live" predictions are only available for trains once they've left their terminal. At the present time the Train Tracker system does not show if the train is running express, this feature is still being worked upon and as work progresses on improving the system more and better information will be available.
In addition to displays at train stations, customers can also access CTA Train Tracker information at transitchicago.com or on their mobile devices via CTA's mobile website, bike tax or by the numerous third-party apps available for iOS, android and Windows devices.