The Chicago Transit Authority has started installing electronic signs at bus shelters to inform riders when the next bus will arrive.
The CTA hopes to have the LED signs in place at 150 of the busiest bus shelters by March. The work is being done under a contract the transit agency's board approved in mid-May.
The signs should be up-and-running by September 2012 at the 400 shelters citywide that have the heaviest ridership, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at a news conference in Kenwood, near where the first informational sign was mounted on a bus shelter. The cost of the project is covered by $1.4 million of CTA funds, a $1.8 million Regional Transportation Authority grant and a $640,000 in federal transit money.
Those 400 shelters represent 20 percent of the bus shelters throughout Chicago, but accommodate 80 percent of the system's bus ridership, CTA President Forrest Claypool said.
The signs will use the same technology as the CTA's popular on-line bus tracker system, which allows people to check their smart phones or computers to see when the next bus is due.
The full list of locations for the first 150 signs will be posted on the CTA’s web site, transitchicago.com.
CTA installing electronic bus timing signs
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