CTA Tracker Pro and Lite for Android

Lite   Pro   FAQ


Track and map all your Chicago CTA buses at your favorite stops.

Add all of your commonly used routes, and view them all with a single click. CTA Tracker will send you predicted arrival times at regular intervals.

Two versions are available on the Android Market.

Lite (and Pro) features

Track multiple routes from one screen.


Create route you wish to track by choosing route, direction and stop.


Name your route whatever you like.

Routes tracked: 1, 2, 3, X3, 4, X4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 8A, 9, X9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, X20, 21, 22, 24, 28, X28, 29, 30, 34, 35, 36, 38, 39, 43, 44, 47, 48, 49, 49A, 49B, X49, 50, 51, 52A, 52, 53, 53A, 53AL, 54, X54, 54A, 54B, 55, X55, 55A, 55N, 56, 56A, 57, 59, 60, 62, 62H, 63, 63W, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, X80, 81, 81W, 82, 84, 85, 85A, 86, 87, 88, 90, 90N, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95E, 95W, 96, 97, 100, 103, 106, 108, 111, 112, 119, 123, 124, 125, 126, 129, 135, 136, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 151, 152, 155, 156, 157 and 165. 

Pro features

Choose which routes with predictions you want to map ...


... and follow them on the map.


Display timetable information for bus routes and El trains.


Set alarms to be notified minutes before you should leave for your bus or train.

Routes tracked: All routes in Lite, plus timetables for all CTA El trains.



Q. Can I track multiple buses?
A. Yes. Simply tap Menu then Create route. You can create as many routes as you wish.

Q. Can I force it to refresh?
A. Yes. Tap Menu and choose Refresh.

Q. Can I see where the buses are on their route?
A. Yes, with the Pro version.

Q. Can I edit a route after creating it?
A. Yes, with the Pro version. You can also delete the route by long-pressing it, then creating it again.

Q. Can I be notified __ minutes before the next bus arrives?
A. Yes, with the Pro version.

Q. Can I change the sort order of the list, or reorganize the list by 'trips'?
A. Soon, as a part of the Pro version.

Q. I have multiple possible buses I can take from a given stop, and I would like to sort by stop instead of by route. Can I do that?
A. Soon, as a part of the Pro version.

Q. Can you add CTA bus __?
A. Unfortunately, no. All of the predicted routes come from the CTA directly, so if they don't offer predictions on that bus route, I can't either.

Q. Can you add El train __, Metra line __, or Pace bus __?
A. Again, no. I can, and plan to, load the timetables for these routes into the application however. That way you can at least see when the bus was supposed to arrive. I know, not ideal, but it's better than nothing right?

Q. Can you create a version for ___ city?
A. Possibly. If that city has a similar tracking website available to the City of Chicago Bus Tracker, then possibly. However, Chicago is where I live and it's my priority at the moment. If your city doesn't track its buses/trains, I unfortunately cannot help you.

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