PARK RIDGE, IL – January 12, 2011– Americaneagle.com, a leading website design, development and hosting company, today announced their assistance in the development and launch of the new CTA Train Tracker for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). This highly-anticipated tool enables CTA riders to view estimated arrival times for all 144 train stations across 8 rail lines on CTA's website through a computer or Web-enabled mobile device.
In helping to develop CTA Train Tracker, Americaneagle.com worked closely with the CTA to integrate with the software that monitors the agency's signal system. The integration allows CTA Train Tracker to deliver the predicted arrival times of approaching trains to be posted within a 15 minute timeframe. The tool was built to then refresh prediction times every 20-30 seconds, giving riders the most up-to-date information available.
Americaneagle.com also worked with the CTA to create a dynamic yet user-friendly interface for the desktop and mobile versions of the tool. Riders can choose the number of results that appear and how they are sorted. The tool allows for results to appear by track, route, or time, providing a truly personalized experience.
Michael Svanascini, President of Americaneagle.com noted, "Americaneagle.com was thrilled to help develop the new innovative CTA Train Tracker. The tool is especially exciting for those who can now access it through a mobile smartphone or touchscreen Web-enabled device directly from a CTA train station, as it works to reduce uncertainty about train arrival times."
Americaneagle.com will be working closely with the CTA in coming months to further improve CTA Train Tracker based on customer feedback. CTA Train Tracker can be accessed by visiting: www.transitchicago.com/traintracker or www.transitchicago.com/mobile/traintracker.aspx through a mobile device.