Yes, I do love CTA's bus tracker
This weekend is the first time I had the opportunity to try out the CTA's new bus tracker program.
And I love it.
I remembered that the #77 Belmont was added in June to the CTA's Bus Tracker. And I saw that it stops in front of the hospital as it turns around to get back to Belmont. So I tried it out.
I was using my Blackberry on the Red Line south as I approached Belmont from Addison. the text-only interface was easy to use. It told me that the bus was 5 minutes from Belmont and Sheffield. So I figured I was in good shape.
However, when I finally got to the street level at Belmont, the bus was waiting in front of the Belmont station. I think perhaps it was a minute early. I would have missed it if someone else hadn't flagged down the driver after he had already closed the door.
The return trip was much better. In fact, I timed the bus once before I actually caught it. I was able to see it coming down Lake Shore Drive West from the eighth-floor solarium in the hospital, and it was exactly on time. So I noted when the bus was five minutes away, kissed Mom good-bye, and waited just two minutes for the bus to arrive.
All-in-all, I was very impressed and quite happy to spend more time with Mom and not waiting at the bus stop.