Embark CTA is an application for the CTA 'L' train system in Chicago. It is essential to all 'L' riders — from the occasional to the daily, the tourist to the commuter.
It even works without cellular signal!
- A trip planner (no internet required)
- Station information
- Scheduled arrivals
- A handsome multi-touch 'L' system map
- Service advisories
Feedback is greatly appreciated at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Embark CTA is not funded by or directly affiliated with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). These applications were made by two public transit riders who wanted to make the 'L' easier to use for all riders.
Yes, it doesn't have bus schedules, but it's perfect for taking the L! The trip planner has been such a lifesaver for me! One of the next best parts about it is definitely the fact that it lets you plan ahead with what time the train will be arriving. Does it have perfect timing? No. But no app is gonna know exactly when the train is gonna show up. I'm really not sure why this gets such low reviews because I've told all of my friends to get this app and they love it. Keep up the good work, Embark!
Best aspects of this app are (1) the route creating feature, and (2) the location services which allow you to find your nearest train station. But it is essentially just an interactive version of a paper map with a gps built in. CTA's Train tracker beta is better because what you really want to know is: WHEN IS MY TRAIN COMING?!?
I've found this app to be really helpful - thanks!
Both the embark CTA and Metra apps are absolutely amazing.. This is a must have app for any commuter whether Chicago native or tourist..... The schedules are accurate and real time and alerts are almost instant for delays GET THIS APP
If you need anything but trains schedules, find something else. Otherwise, it works fine.
Unfortunately the thing I would like to use most doesn't work.
Could you please update it so that it's real similar to the NYC app you have? Touch the map to start here and end here. Thanks
Trip planner not working
After realizing that I initially used this app incorrectly, I have nothing but good things to say.The Live arrival time is spot on, but be sure to check Live Arrivals aside from using theTrip Planner. Ian was super quick to respond to my inquiries and proved that he and the rest of the Embark team put out a great product.
Most people that complain about this app are not from Chicago and don't know the stops. This app works great for me.
the latest reviews for the app are either from inferior competitors, or absolute morons. this app deserves no less than 4 stars. the title clearly states that it is used as a reference for the "L", not the bus system. the logo is even an L. to provide a negative review based solely on your inability to understand the purpose of the app, is plain ignorant. they apparently are considering a bus reference, but until then it is only used for trains. it does this very well. it's minimal, very attractive, and well designed. no clutter and no ads. contrary to reviewer stupidity, the trip planner is incredibly easy to use. it is probably not the best reference for visitors, as you must be familiar with what stop you're at and where you're going. so, big deal? it's for residents, and doesn't have bus support. that's what it is, and it does it well. accept that, or use other options. don't be a child, and affect someone else's hard work by reviewing with 1 star, and unintelligible rambling.
I just moved to Chicago from New Jersey and this app has been a great tool!
Outstanding App. Gets me the info I need quickly and reliably. ++++
This is one of the best "L" apps out there!
Use it every day with minor problems relating to long load times
I love this darn app!!
Perfect for people planning ahead and the chronically late!!!
Great app. One suggestion that might make it even better-- show not only the time of the next train, but the one after that. It will give folks a chance to see what their options are if they can't make the time of the immediate arrival.
Really easy to use, up to date info...great substitute for the hot mess that is Apple Maps thus far
Many bugs, inconsistencies and just plain incorrect information
Honored as the briefest lived app in my history. It couldn't be more than a college freshmans mid-term project. Don't
Need to add the bus system
Need to add the bus system
Thanks for the consistency, embark.
Dumb, why would it not have busses. And it had to download schedule updates... Although cta is never on time so good luck working on a fixed schedule app
No bus info.
No bus info, weird long routes, glitchy relationship with Maps... anybody that knows the cta can tell something is up and will just search google or something. I feel bad for anybody that does follow one of these idiot itineraries.
What's the point if you can't enter two addresses or even one? I suppose we are supposed to just guess which stations are near which addresses we are trying to get to and come from?
It is only good if you know your way around Chicago
And all your inbred cousins. If I knew the exact route I would like to take then I wouldn't need. And here we are, I can't use you so you are of no use to me. Why did crappy apple have to sell this feature to third parties??!?!
Just that. Trains are great, and I prefer them, but there are lots more busses than trains here. I can't pass routing queries from Maps to Embark CTA if it's only going to give me 30% of the CTA options.
Seriously the most pointless app, doesn't even show all the trains. For example, I take the purple line to work and when I check the Diversey schedule, purple doesn't show up. What a waste
This app serves absolutely no purpose for those taking public transportation, other than to show arrival times between stops among the different train lines. I am not sure how this was thought to be an improvement to google maps, but it definitely makes me miss the old google maps. If you want to know travel times between stops then this app is for you. However, if you would actually like travel directions from point A to point B, then I'm not sure this app serves that purpose.
I miss google map ! Great idea from apple
Great idea but... The location services do not work almost ever. Also the station names are in alphabetical order but some have two and it is difficult to find if you don't know both. This could be easily fixed with a search feature. Finally, because I downloaded the app on the last night of the month, I could not look at schedules for the next day. I had to wait until the 1st for the new schedules to download. This was very inconvenient and did not allow me to plan.
This app is not helpful. I miss google maps.
This only takes you from CTA station to CTA station- no buses! What's the point?
Google maps did a great job with public transit. This app does not. Only gave me train option, not buses.
One has to know the train stops in order to use this, no bus information, no door to door info. Skip it.
I love this app
Buses buses buses!
This is great in theory, but without being able to track buses, it's practically pointless.
Title says it all.
Pick a color, a stop, which way you're going, and it'll tell you what's up.
Quick, easy, awesome on the go!
Need bus schedules too!
Include bus routes and a map please.
Good, comprehensive, accurate info organized by station, not line. Without an integrated map you must know the name of your stop and where you are headed. Easy info to find out but may frustrate stressed visitors on the go
I already had a transit app and it was annoying to download a second that doesn't even give you the fastest route, plus the trip planner doesn't make any sense. I do like how it's written out for u but no map with it? I don't understand why they can't just combine it with maps for one app. I hate how it separates. I'm in the city, In constantly using transit.