We’ve all been waiting patiently for the CTA to work out the kinks in the digital signs displaying next-train arrival times at rail station and platforms.
And they’re getting closer. So close that the CTA is doing some “pre-testing” for a second pilot at select stations, including the Chicago Brown and Purple line station. Cheryl shares this video from there. About halfway through you’ll see times pop up on the sign for when the next Brown and Purple line trains arrive.
Signs also are being tested at Fullerton and Polk stations. Since this is still in pre-test mode and not ready for prime time, the CTA was guarded in its official comment about this:
“We are currently performing some tests of the Next Train Arrival program out on the system using some of the platform LED displays. Unfortunately, having this information up and running out on the system is the only way we can properly test the program, which is why it may appear randomly between the morning and evening weekday rush periods. This is not yet ready for announcement as personnel are still performing accuracy checks and making adjustments. We expect to launch the pilot at select stations in the near future. An announcement will be made once details have been finalized.”
I understand the caution, especially given the pent-up demand for “track tracker” and great success of Bus Tracker. Earlier this week I described the history of this project. Check that out for the back story. And thanks to Cheryl for sharing. Below is the photo that Chris links to in comments.