The CTA has finished its yearlong odyssey to install Train Tracker screens in all rail stations - a week ahead of its own Labor Day deadline.
Last week the CTA installed the screens at the Madison/Wabash Loop elevated station. With this latest installation, the rail system now features 475 display screens offering CTA Train Tracker information. The new iteration of the train-arrival screens also display time and temperature.
And the CTA hasn't stopped there. "Efforts are under way to equip all CTA stations with multiple displays, with work expected to continue through 2014 for a total of at least 1,000 new CTA Train Tracker displays," according to a CTA news release.
Installation of the displays is occurring as the CTA upgrades station and platform technology capabilities that can support a new and improved public address system and newer security cameras.
Some stations have already received network upgrades and are fully equipped with multiple displays, including the 10 stations along the South branch of the Green Line, which was done in preparation for the Red Line South Reconstruction Project that began in May 2013; Loop elevated stations Adams/Wabash and Randolph/Wabash; Merchandise Mart and Western on the Brown Line; the Pink Line’s Polk station and the Morgan/Lake Green Line station.
The exceptions include nine stations on the Red Line South that are temporarily closed for renovation as part of the Red Line South Reconstruction project, which began in May. Upon the reopening of the Red Line South in mid-October, those nine stations from 95th to Cermak-Chinatown will be fully equipped with multiple CTA Train Tracker displays. Installation of CTA Train Tracker displays at the Clark/Division and Wilson Red Line stations will occur as part of each station’s reconstruction projects.
The CTA website says the Train Tracker system is currently a "beta 2" project. But I think it's been a real success. The CTA recently rolled out new features, such "My favorite/recent stops," "stops near me," and "follow a train by run number."
I like the latter feature a lot because it allows you to estimate when you will arrive at your station, and calculate your next bus or rail connection.
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