CTA Train Tracker Launched: Follow ‘L’ Trains Online
For all the benefits of “L” travel over Chicago’s buses — speed, convenience, the ability to buy a fare card at the same place you get on — the trains lagged behind in one important aspect: the ability to know when the next one was coming.
That’s all changed today, as the CTA launched the beta version of its “Train Tracker,” a follow-up to the popular and successful Bus Tracker.
There may be some imperfections in the system: it doesn’t follow trains with GPS as Bus Tracker does, instead estimating travel times based on an average of recent trips over a given span of track. But our early (and highly unscientific) experiments have shown it to be pretty accurate.