Here’s a guest post from WoodlawnWonder, a fellow ChicagoNow blogger over at I Hate my Developer.
The CTA Bus Tracker has made my commuting much easier since its inception. Waiting too long in soggy, snowy, windy or wet weather is a thing of the past.
Yet all is not perfect for those of us who use the Bus Tracker.
Occasionally the Bus Tracker will either work sporadically or just be flat out wrong estimating when the bus arrives at your particular destination. In my experience this usually happens on late night runs and also on the weekend.
While waiting a few extra minutes for a bus sounds benign enough, try caring about that standing near the corner of 63rd and Wentworth at 2 AM.
A few weeks ago I was waiting for a south bound #28 Stony Island bus and left my home when it was 8 minutes away from my stop.
Those 8 minutes turned into 15 that subsequently turned into 24.
All the while I stood with the neighborhood “corner crew” who shot dice directly behind me.
These days, standing in front of, near or in the vicinity of a group of young people may have dire and deadly consequences.
So imagine the sense of dread I felt with every passing minute and every passing car.
While the CTA can’t be held responsible what may or may not happen in or near its shelters, it would be nice if the Bus Tracker’s accuracy improved so I could reduce my exposure to a potentially violent situation.