Chicago Transit – DIY Transit Information Screen
This is a good example of:Cost effective expansion of transit information screens
The Chicago Transit Authority is recruiting private entities to display transit information (Train Tracker and Bus Tracker). Through a web-based slideshow, anyone with a dedicated computer, screen and internet connection can install an information portal for the travelling public.
CTA’s Do-It-Yourself Transit Info Display (beta) is a free, Web-based slideshow that features estimated bus and train arrivals, and additional information. CTA is targeting shops, lobbies, and apartment buildings.
Part is CTA’s pitch is the value of making helpful information, including transit times, important service alerts, and even local weather conditions and forecasts, available to visitors or customers. In return, customers can linger if they know when buses are coming or avoid the elements.
The screen shots are customizable, with information on:
• Estimated arrival times for up to sixteen stops
• A large-print “next arrival” for a preferred stop (if you have one) that people can see from a distance
• Chicago weather—both current conditions and up to a 5-day forecast
• Service change information for specified routes
• Date, time & temperature