Chicago Metro

Chicago Metro is a superb geographically based map and route planner for the major Chicago public transportation systems. The map includes the CTA rapid transport system of subway and elevated lines, in addition to the many commuter rail lines including Metrarail, the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District services and also the Water Taxi services.

This is one in a worldwide series of Zuti maps from Visual IT who have been producing public transportation maps for mobile devices for many years.

The highlights of this application include:
  • The Map
The Chicago Metro - Map and route planner by Zuti makes it easy to travel in and around Chicago using the CTA metro. The application contains a professionally drawn map and route planner with many unique features. The map provides a simple and colourful view of the city transport services with the ability to flip to an online street map view when an internet connection is available. This way the user can view the online map when above ground and the transport map and route planning is still fully functional underground or anywhere there is no internet connectivity. This provides the best of both worlds, the transport map and route planning anytime, anywhere and online street maps and search when a connection is available.
  • Routing
The application does not require an internet connection and will always be available to display a clear and detailed view of the city transport system, plus list and animate the optimum route for your journey. Provides the fastest route calculations of any mobile routing application (virtually instantaneous) using actual published journey times with the ability to select the quickest route or the route with the least changes. Comprehensive details of your planned route are provided, including “direction”, “towards” and “service frequency” information (not available on any other offline journey planner) for example “Take the CTA Red line (Southbound) towards 95th/Dan Ryan for 21 mins (10 stops). Service runs every 8 minutes” which is essential when finding the correct platform and direction. Also given are alternatives for each leg of the journey.
  • Travel Explorer
The unique travel explorer feature provides a view of travel times using transport and on foot and distances from any location on the map. This is helpful for getting a sense of scale and connectivity of the transport system and can provide some interesting results. For example is it quicker to use the metro to go from Polk to Racine or is it quicker on foot? (Hint, the quickest route will keep you fitter). No other application makes it so easy to get around on the metro and allow you to make travel decisions based on the actual distances and estimated travel times on foot.
  • Animation
A superb animation of your journey is displayed tracking around the map showing you exactly where you're heading.
  • No Internet Connection Required
The map and routing do not require an internet connection and you will not be charged data connection fees. This means the application saves on battery power and runs perfectly underground, on an aeroplane, etc. For international visitors to a city who have data roaming turned off this is an ideal solution.
  • GPS
Use your inbuilt GPS (will also work with iPod Touch devices) to accurately locate and track yourself within the city centre and see the nearest transportation stop and distance to it.
  • Information & Search
Tap on the map for location information, use the inbuilt search feature or choose from a list of locations. Places of interest, museums, hotels, parks, restaurant, shops, hospitals, streets, etc, are also included. The route planner will automatically suggest the nearest station to any place of interest you select.
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Compatible: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad & Android.

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