Bus Tracker Tools
Bus Tracker Text Messaging Service
Pace customers can now get real-time information about when the next bus
is arriving at their stop by simply sending a text message (or "SMS") with
a mobile phone.
How do I get the next bus arrival time?
Type "41411"as the phone number to which you are sending a text message.
Then, in the body of the message, type "Pace", then a space, then the code
number you see on the bus stop sign. When you send that text message, a bounceback
message should come to your phone in a matter of seconds. That message will
look like this:
The first time you use the service, you'll get an introductory message saying
"Welcome to Pace." Please be assured Pace won't spam you with text messages.
You will only get real-time bus arrival information when you request it with
a text message that you send.
How do I know the code number for my bus stop?
The easiest way to determine the code number for your bus stop is to see
it on the bus stop sign.
Please note that Pace is in the process of posting code numbers on tens
of thousands of bus stop signs. It may be quite a while before every bus stop
sign has a code number on it.
If the bus stop sign at which you regularly board does not yet have a code,
you can use the Pace website to look up the real-time bus arrival information
for your stop and, at the same time, obtain the code number which you can use
for future reference:
- Visit the accessible version of
select your bus route, direction of travel, and your chosen bus stop, and
the web page will display the next 3 predicted times for a bus to arrive at
While on that page (which is displaying the predicted arrival times), look
at the address bar (also called "URL bar") at the top of your web browser.
The URL displayed there has a 3-to-5-digit number at the very end of it. That
number is the stop identification code number. It can be typed into a text
message in the manner described above to get information about that particular
The Ventra app, available for Apple or Android phones, provides real-time
transit information for Pace, CTA and Metra services. Download it to your phone
today to track your buses and trains, as well as ensure your Ventra Card always
has a pass or adequate transit value loaded. See the Ventra website for more
Online Bus Tracker
Since 2002, Pace has displayed on its website real-time bus arrival predictions
at thousands of locations along nearly every bus route. Visit
Bus Tracker, select your
bus route, direction of travel, and your chosen but stop, and the web page
will display the next 3 predicted times for a bus to arrive at that location.
Bus Tracker Live Map
Pace's Bus Tracker also displays a
"Live Map" on which you can see where buses are located in real time. To
use this feature, choose Google or Bing from the "Maps" drop-down menu, and
then select a Pace route. Then, you can choose to display the vehicles, the
major stops, and/or the minor stops using the "on"/"off"buttons above the map.
If you click on one of the pins (which correspond to each bus stop), the system
displays the next three arrival times of buses in each direction.
Digital Bus Tracker Signs
Pace has installed many electronic signs that continually display bus arrival
times (or departure times, if located at the beginning of a bus route) and
is in the process of installing dozens more. Just like the other Bus Tracker
tools, these signs show in real time any arrivals or departures within the
next 60 minutes, and count down to the bus's predicted arrival or departure.
Thus far, the signs have been installed at locations that have lots of bus
passenger activity. Over the course of the next few years, more signs will
be added at bus stop shelters and transit centers throughout Pace's six-county
service area. The signs are manufactured and installed by Nexus Alpha LPS.
Each sign lists the route number, the route's destination, and the number
of minutes until arrival (or departure). When the next bus is more than 30
minutes away, the sign instead shows the arrival time instead of the number
of minutes before arrival. The shelters which house these new digital signs
also have paper maps and schedules posted in display windows, for customers
who seek additional information about the bus routes that serve that location.
Within the Bus Tracker section of pace's website, create an account to manage
what type of information you want to receive. Once you have created an account
or logged in to your existing account, you can subscribe to an email which
alerts you to the arrival time of your chosen bus route at your chosen stop
on that particular day. For instance, if you leave work around 5:00pm every
day and ride Route 711 to your home, you can subscribe to an email that is
sent to you every day at 4:55pm, detailing the predicted arrival times of (for
instance) the southbound Route 711 bus at Gary Avenue and Elk Trail. The arrival
times in the email are based on what the bus is doing at that exact moment
the email is sent to you. Your subscription can be configured to only send
the emails on certain days of the week and only at certain times of day.
Many Pace shelters contain a "quick response" (QR) code posted on the wall
of the shelter. If you have a web-enabled phone and you have downloaded a QR
code scanning app (which are free to download), you can scan the QR code and
be taken to the Bus Tracker page on PaceBus.com which displays the real-time
bus arrival data for that particular bus stop at that time.
By scanning this QR code, you save the time and hassle of having to navigate
multiple web pages on your smartphone to select your bus route, your direction
of travel, and your current location. The code posted in that shelter has all
that information in it, so all you do is scan the code to see the correct information
for the bus you are intending to ride.
Neither Pace, nor its contractor, Trapeze, make any claims regarding the
accuracy of its predicted arrival times. The user assumes the entire risk related
to his/her use of any and all information on PaceBus.com and Pace's text messaging
service. Pace provides such information "as is," and Pace disclaims
any and all warranties, whether express or implied, including (without limitation)
any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
Under no circumstances will Pace (or its directors, officers, employees, or
agents) be liable for the accuracy, quality or reliability of any of the bus
arrival predictions or other data presented here. In no event will Pace be
liable to you or to any third party for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential,
special or exemplary damages or lost profit resulting from any use or misuse
of these data.