Chicago commuters just got a new resource that may lead to more helpful mashups: the Chicago Transit Authority Bus Tracker API. As recently announced, the API provides capability for developers to get bus routes and schedules, bus stop and arrival predictions, and more. Note that the API is not affiliated with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA); rather, it was developed and is maintained by Harper Reed, who says the CTA has been "amazingly cool with all of this." In announcing the API, Harper wrote:
Sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite. This is a cute saying if you have never had the misfortune of actually letting the bed bugs bite. But a quick Google image search shows that these little critters are no fun at all. A Yahoo Maps mashup is trying to help you find them before they get you.