Train arrival screens doubled; added to 16 more stations

Addison digital screens

This sign was first installed in 2009 at Addison, but glitches shut it down.

An additional 16 CTA rail stations now project next train arrival times on electronic signs. The stations are:

  • Jefferson Park, Logan Square and Clark/Lake (Blue Line)

  • Oak Park and 35th-Bronzeville-IIT (Green Line)
  • Harold Washington Library-State/Van Buren and Clark/Lake (Loop Elevated)
  • Pulaski and Roosevelt (Orange Line)
  • Central Park and 18th Street (Pink Line)
  • Davis (Purple Line)
  • 47th Street, Sox-35th, Roosevelt and Addison (Red Line)

When Train Tracker launched in January, electronic signs were installed at 13 stations. And in Train Tracker test mode well over a year ago, signs were working at Addison and Sox-35th – until the CTA ran into software problems and revamped the system for the January release.

It’s great to see this expansion. So that’s 29 stations down, 114 to go.


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  • The CTA needs to stop this foolishness of only listing the end points of train routes. I'm constantly asked or just hear tourists wanting to know if a train goes to The Loop.
    Every sign for inbound trains should have that on it.
    For example: Not just "95th" but "Loop & 95th".

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    The CTA has maps for that - tourists should be able to use those.

    In NYC, for example, the N train doesn't say "Times Square & Coney Island," but enough tourists seem to be able to find their way...

  • In reply to aaronjbrown:

    I should have clarified it.
    I mean the signs on the platforms.
    They used to read to Loop & before that they had "To City" & "From City".

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    The trains that go to the Loop in the strictest possible sense, the Loop Elevated, do say Loop. It is best for Red and Blue Line trains that run in the State and Dearborn subways not to say Loop in part because it might confuse tourists into thinking that the train will run over the elevated tracks. I know some of the spoken announcements say " downtown and..." -- such as at UIC-Halsted and I think maybe O'Hare. While these trains certainly serve the Loop neighborhood, they do so without doing any actual looping.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    Besides, anyone knows that the trains don't go to the Loop. They go "beep beep."

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    Gasp! You had to help a tourist get to their destination???? Oh the humanity!!!

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    What do you want? Since the 5000s are getting flip signs, something like in Hammond like 1 Chicago 106th/1 Casino/1 Hammond South Shore/1 Dan Rabin Center/ 1 Hammond Clinic?

    Of course, the way it sounds there, they are going out of business unless they get a "funding source."

    The L goes by too fast and doesn't stay in the station long enough to flip the sign.

    Every station has a metal sign with the whole system map on it, and each car has a system map and a route map on the door.

    BTW, this bus does not go to dah Loop, it go Beep Beep.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    Where in Oak Park?

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    Here's hoping the CTA soon realizes the uselessness of the screens that interrupt the arrival-time display. If the signs are meant to show arrival times, they should show them continuously and nothing else! (Except, I would think, meaningful emergency information when needed.) Money is wasted on the arrival signs if people give up using them at all because every time they look at them, they see the card expiration warning or a stupid "thank you for riding" message. One should never see anything but train identifiers and number of minutes next to each!

  • In reply to scottknitter:

    I agree, the card expiration doesn't need to be on such a tight loop, I don't mind if it shows once every 5 or 10 minutes, but they have it on like a 30 second loop, as if it is the most critical thing to train operation.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    They should sell ad space on them.

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    Yes, ad *space*, but not *time*. Ads should show along with the arrival times, not obliterate them. I would think advertisers would prefer having the arrival data display continuously to attract eyeballs to the signs and therefore to their adjacent ads/logos.

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    Hey now!! I'm a tourist in the strictest sense, I just happen to get to Chicago often and ride CTA all the time. I have people ask me for directions all the time but then they get worried after I tell them what they are looking for and tell them I'm from Iowa - Priceless!

  • In reply to IowaDave:

    I live in Chicago and have sometimes given directions I later realized were majorly wrong. D'oh! (So I said "Clinton" instead of "Canal." Close enough, right? =:^O

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    Once the CTA adds the "Loop" to their signs, then the tourists will be asking you if the trains goes to a specific stop. How many destinations should the CTA add to their signs?

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