This is a Twitter (and hopefully, later, a plain old SMS) interface to the CTA Bus Tracker so those of us with simple mobile phones can find out information about our busses.
Ever since I moved to Chicago, I’ve been riding the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) busses almost every day.Â I’ve missed my bus more than a few times too.Â CTA has a Bus Tracker website that works from computers and mobile devices with web browsers (there’s iPhone apps as well), but my phone only does SMS.
This is a work in progress as I’m coding it mostly on the bus on the way to and from work.
In order to do anything, you have to follow @ctabt.
The best way to show how to use the system is through some examples:
d ctabt help
Get all stop names and IDs for Eastbound route 77
d ctabt 77 east stops
Get the name for Eastbound route 77 stops at Sheffield
d ctabt 77 east stops shef
Get upcoming busses for a particular stop by name
d ctabt 77 east shef
Get upcoming busses for a particular stop by ID
d ctabt 77 east 9288
You can abbreviate most parts of the commands
d ctabt 77 e s shef
- Implementing this was made possible by Harper Reed’s awesome opening of the Bus Tracker API.
- CTA Tweet Feed has Twitter/RSS feeds of authoritative and user-generated updates about riding the CTA.