CHICAGO
05/15/2013 03:28 pm ET

CTA Train Tracker Map Debuts: New Chicago Train App Shows Your Route In Real-Time

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While it may come as little consolation to the thousands of Red Line riders on the city's South Side who need to make alternate transportation plans for at least the next five months beginning Sunday, the CTA on Wednesday unveiled a doozie of a new map app.

The agency's brand-new (beta) train tracker map allows commuters to take a peek at their commute in real-time. It's sort of like watching a turtle race or monitoring the city's mesmerizing Plow Tracker during a snowstorm.

Users may click on any train station for an up-to-date list of arrival times or they can click on any train en route to find out approximately how long it will be before it arrives at upcoming stops. The mobile web app also features a helpful new "Find Stations Near Me" GPS feature.

As the RedEye's Tracy Swartz pointed out, CTA riders at the system's underground stations may have difficulty using the app's new features on their phone given the spotty-to-nonexistent underground cell service, but the agency has said it is working to address that issue.

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