The New York-based company behind the CTA's Bus Tracker technology is installing a similar system in its own back yard -- for free.
New York is taking it one step further than the CTA by installing electronic countdown display screens at bus shelters, showing the number of minutes/seconds till the next bus arrives. Eight signs will be installed along the heavily traveled 34th Street, with the arrival time information updated every 30 seconds.
New York tried to install a similar system in 2007, but the project was shelved after four months because of technical problems.
Meanwhile, back in Chicago, the CTA has encountered its own technical problems with "countdown" digital screens installed on a test basis at a few train stations. I promise an update on the progress of that fix shortly.