The CTA has improved on a good thing by adding new features to the workforce app Train Tracker. Here are the new features:
- “Follow this train” allows you to click or tap on an approaching train on CTA Train Tracker and get estimates of how many minutes it will take to get to each of the upcoming stops. This is a cool one. It's mesmerizing to watch the trains move through their route. This feature already is available on Bus Tracker.
- “Stops near me” lets customers with GPS-enabled devices detect the closest stations to your location. This no doubt will help tourists, but probably will have limited appeal to most veteran CTA riders who already know the system.
- Station name search will allow you to quickly get station information by typing in just part or all of a station name, instead of having to scroll down a screen to find a stop. This will be a nice time saver. It was annoying to scroll through those long list to get to stops such Washington.
- Improved schedule-based information will provide more information for customers who travel off-peak or begin their trips at/near terminals. Another great new feature, especially for those who live near terminals.
- New train location map lets you see where trains are, in near-real-time, on an interactive desktop map. Click on a station and get train arrival information; or, click on a train and find out the estimated number of minutes it will take to get to the next several rail stations. CTA also currently offers this feature on CTA Bus Tracker to allow customers to see where buses are.
- Updated stop selector on both the desktop and mobile versions— a streamlined interface that makes it easier to get the train information you need how you want it – by rail line; by your favorite or recent stops; or through the new “Stops near me” function. More good stuff.
Congrats to the CTA for rolling out these great features in what the CTA is calling "Beta 2."