Why bother? CTA publishes new rail time tables effective Sunday

New schedules for the CTA’s eight rail lines go into effect on Sunday.

I’m not sure the schedules are worth the millions of pixels required to publish them on the Internet. Perhaps the CTA is required to publish them. Admittedly, they are useful for those ride very early or very late to determine when the first or last train leaves for the lines that don’t operate 24 hours.

But if you really want to know when a train will arrive at your station, use CTA Train Tracker.


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  • Given that someone from Milwaukee wants people on chicagobus.org to provide printed pamphlets, the real cost would be whether CTA printed these, but I don't think CTA does.

    What probably really costs are the signs on the L platforms, if they still have the 5pm :03 :09 :15 :21 :29 :36 :44 :50 :56 line on them (and a similar one for each of the other 23 hours), and a different one for each station. At least the pdfs have "every 8 to 10 minutes," or the like. However, since none of those were ever accurate, I concur with you "why bother."

    Running the .pdf is probably cheap, as they probably have some database publishing system to render them.

    I also don't assume, like darkwing, that everyone has a smart phone, but the digital displays on the platforms probably would be sufficient, especially if the advertisers pay for them.

    BTW, CTA was mentioned by inference on Craig Ferguson's tweetmail on Friday. Somebody from Chicago sent a question essentially that "Dear Craig and Geoff. Someone is always groping me on the subway. How to I get them to stop?" Craig's answer was to sniff his finger, and then he said "maybe you should say 'gamey." Of course, those of us who read the CTA Tattler know that that isn't going to work.

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    It's for the new yellow line station "Oakton-Skokie" opening on April 30, 2012!

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