The next-train arrival information screens at Belmont and Fullerton — inoperable for several weeks in March – are finally working for Red, Brown and Purple Line Express CTA riders.
It was a hardware problem, according to a CTA spokeswoman. “The platform displays at these two locations are
unique from other displays being tested during the pilot as they are
newer and require hardware and software modifications to work properly
with our existing communications system,” she said.
The CTA plans to expand the availability of CTA Train Tracker
information later this year at additional stations, including the 17
stations equipped with the
Titan LCD displays. “However, before we can expand the
program” the spokeswoman added, “additional testing at some locations is
needed to determine all of the technological glitches and challenges
present when dealing with multiple
types of delivery signage.”
One Far North Side alderman was considering using a portion of his ward
services “menu money” to install a much-needed Train Tracker screen at
the Howard station, but these glitches put that plan on hold.
Alderman Joe Moore (49th Ward) had planned to let voters determine in a “participatory budgeting” vote
May 7 whether to install the screen. A subcommittee of ward residents
had recommended the idea as one of about two dozen infrastructure
projects for ward resident to vote on May 7. Now it’s off the ballot.