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Embark CTA – Train – Chicago L

By Embark, Inc.

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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!

It includes:
- A trip planner (no internet required)
- Station information
- Scheduled arrivals
- A handsome multi-touch 'L' system map
- Service advisories


Feedback is greatly appreciated at

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.

What's New in Version 2.6.3

- Updated Schedules
- Bug Fixes

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Customer Reviews

Couldn't live without it!

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!

Stopped working

I've used this app a few times in the past and it always worked very well. But when II pulled it up a few days ago, it stopped working. I enter my origin and destination stops and click on Plan Trip and no matter what the combination of stops is, it just returns results for everything that says No Trips Found. This was a really great app and I need access to it for the Chicago Marathon to get around this weekend and am very frustrated that its no longer working. When it's working it's a terrific app.

Limited functionality, poor install

L only, no bus (yes, busses are important if you want to get to most if the city).

No option for automatic schedule updates, and a fairly poor update process manually (be patient and keep trying, by the tenth schedule update request it should work).

Map has no detail of surrounding streets, so if you are not absolutely certain which station you want, the map won't help you. Same for destinations on trip planner, as you can only select stations, not input an address. So, if you want to get anywhere but a CTA station, get a different app.

The only single advantage of this app is that some of the functionality is available when you do not have a data connection.

Embark CTA – Train – Chicago L
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  • Free
  • Category: Navigation
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.6.3
  • Size: 6.4 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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