Beginning next week, the Chicago Transit Authority's Bus Tracker will be able to send out e-mails to subscribers alerting them of upcoming buses.
The subscriptions can be route and time-specific, the CTA said, and will provide estimated times for the next buses arriving at a customer’s preferred bus stop. Information can be sent to both a customer’s e-mail address and mobile device as a text message.
To accommodate varying schedules, e-mail subscriptions can be created for various bus routes, bus stops and directions of travel. In addition, the alerts also can be customized to be sent within a designated timeframe, at intervals from five to 30 minutes, and on any day of the week.
"Bus Tracker has proved to be a valuable everyday tool for customers with computers or Web-enabled mobile devices," said President Richard L. Rodriguez. "With this latest feature, the benefits of Bus Tracker will be accessible to a greater number of customers – further improving their travel experience on the CTA."
Also announced were the remaining 20 regularly scheduled bus routes that will be activated on the Bus Tracker Web site on May 18. Routes new to Bus Tracker are:
#26 South Shore Express
#33 Mag Mile Express
#120 Ogilvie/Wacker Express
#121 Union/Wacker Express
#122 Illinois Center/Ogilvie Express
#130 Grant Park Treasures
#132 Goose Island Express
#134 Stockton/LaSalle Express
#168 UIC-Pilsen Express
#169 69th/UPS Express
#170 U. of Chicago/Midway
#171 U. of Chicago/Hyde Park
#172 U. of Chicago/Kenwood
#173 U. of Chicago/Lakeview Express
#174 U. of Chicago/Garfield Stations
#192 U. of Chicago Hospitals Express
#200 Main Shuttle
#201 Central/ Ridge
#205 Chicago/ Golf
#206 Evanston Circulator