CTA Train Tracker to launch in early January

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Rail commuters in Chicago will soon be able to find out estimated arrival times for trains on all eight of the city’s rail lines.

CHICAGO (AP) — Rail commuters in Chicago will soon be able to find out estimated arrival times for trains on all eight of the city’s rail lines.

The Chicago Transit Authority says a pilot version of the CTA Train Tracker website will be launched in early January. Customers can use the program on computers or cell phones. The train program’s debut follows the agency’s popular CTA Bus Tracker.

Officials say estimated arrival times will be generated by averaging travel times of the previous five trains to move along a part of rail track. Customers can get the information by choosing their rail line and then their station.

The CTA says it plans on making adjustments to improve accuracy. The agency wants customers to provide feedback to help find ways to enhance the program.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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