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CTA ‘Train Tracker’ to launch soon

First there was Bus Tracker. Now, coming in early January, CTA plans to unveil “Train Tracker.”

The new program will allow riders to use their hand-held devices — or desktop computers — to check for estimated arrival times for trains on all eight rail lines, the CTA announced Thursday.

“Following the popularity of Bus Tracker, the CTA has been developing a similar tool for riders to get estimated arrival times for trains,” CTA President Richard L. Rodriguez said. “We are just as eager as our customers for this pilot program to launch so that our customers have the information they need to better plan their trips and make their experience on the CTA even more convenient and reliable.”

Although the program is set to start within the next two weeks, CTA officials aren’t yet releasing an exact start date or the specific website to find the train information.

But when the website is in place, customers will be able to select a preferred rail line and then choose a station, receiving arrival times of approaching trains within a 15-minute time frame, officials said.

As part of the pilot program, electronic signs at 10 CTA stations will feature arrival information either at the platform or mezzanine levels, CTA officials said.

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