CTA Train Tracker V2: Get arrival times by text

On the first anniversary of the release of Train Tracker, the CTA rolled out Version 2 – offering arrival times by text message for those without a smartphone.

Here’s how a rider would find arrival times for the Logan Square stop on the Blue Line:

  1. First, you have to search the CTA website for train stop code for Logan Square station, which is LOGS.
  2. Then, simply text: ctatrain LOGS to 41411 (texting lower or uppercase).
  3. The CTA will reply with arrival information on Blue Line trains in both.

If you seek arrivals times for a station served by more than one train line, such as Belmont on the Red, Brown and Purple lines, you’ll get results for all three train lines.

That’s it. This works very similarly to how you text the CTA for bus arrival information:

  1. Find your bus stop ID number on the website. You also can find the stop number on the bus stop sign. For this example, we’ll search for the #20 Madison at Madison and State.
  2. Then, text: ctabus 4729 to 41411.
  3. Again, the CTA will reply with the arrival times for all buses serving that stop.

Coming later this week: Rail riders will be able to see recent and designate “favorite” stations for train arrival info. Look for details about how to use these new features later on the CTA’s website and at CTA Tattler.

the CTA also is exploring other upgrades that the Tattler has been wishing for: the ability to provide travel-time predictions providing arrival times at subsequent stops.




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  • I used it this morning and it worked very well. It's also useful to get an approximate time when the train you are on is going to arrive at the station where you are going to disembark.

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