Chicago Transit Authority

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Chicago Transit Authority

Author: Source Wikipedia

Publisher: University-Press.org

ISBN: 9781230622484

Page: 48

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 46. Chapters: Chicago 'L', List of Chicago 'L' stations, 108 North State Street, List of closed Chicago 'L' stations, Purple Line, Blue Line, List of Chicago Transit Authority bus routes, Green Line, Red Line, Brown Line, Pink Line, Orange Line, Yellow Line, The Loop, Ron Huberman, Chicago Card, Railfan: Chicago Transit Authority Brown Line, Wells Street Terminal, Kenwood branch, 1977 Chicago Loop derailment, Metropolitan Main Line, Alfred H. Savage, Chicago Motor Coach Company, Frank Kruesi, Roosevelt, Harlem, Pulaski. Excerpt: The 'L' (also written, "L," El, EL, or L) (from "elevated") is the rapid transit system serving the city of Chicago and some of its surrounding suburbs. It is operated by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). It is the second longest rapid transit system in total track mileage in the United States, after the New York City Subway, and is the third busiest rail mass transit system in the United States, after New York City and Washington, DC's Metro. Chicago's 'L' is one of four heavy-rail systems in the United States (CTA, MTA, PATH and the PATCO Speedline) that provides 24-hour service on at least some portions of their systems. The oldest sections of the 'L' started operating in 1892, making it the second-oldest rapid transit system in the Americas, after New York City. The 'L' has been credited with helping create the densely built-up city core that is one of Chicago's distinguishing features. The 'L' consists of eight rapid transit lines laid out in a spoke-hub distribution paradigm mainly focusing transit towards the Loop. Although the 'L' gained its nickname because large parts of the system are elevated, portions of the network are underground, at grade level, or open cut. On average 722,782 people ride the 'L' each weekday, 483,177 each Saturday, and 414,512 each Sunday. Annual ridership for 2006...

The Chicago L

Actually, one reason the "L" was elevated was to promote safety and preserve lives. In 1893, Chicago had 1,500 railroad grade crossings that led to hundreds ...

The Chicago  L

Author: Greg Borzo

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 0738551007

Page: 167

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Offers a history of the world famous Chicago "L," the elevated railroad that has operated since 1892 and has been ridden by more than ten billion people.

The Loop

This unique volume combines urban history, biography, engineering, architecture, transportation, culture, and politics to explore the elevated Loop’s impact on the city’s development and economy and on the way Chicagoans see themselves.

The Loop

Author: Patrick T. Reardon

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press

ISBN: 0809338106

Page: 304

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The structure that anchors Chicago Every day Chicagoans rely on the loop of elevated train tracks to get to their jobs, classrooms, or homes in the city’s downtown. But how much do they know about the single most important structure in the history of the Windy City? In engagingly brisk prose, Patrick T. Reardon unfolds the fascinating story about how Chicago’s elevated Loop was built, gave its name to the downtown, helped unify the city, saved the city’s economy, and was itself saved from destruction in the 1970s. This unique volume combines urban history, biography, engineering, architecture, transportation, culture, and politics to explore the elevated Loop’s impact on the city’s development and economy and on the way Chicagoans see themselves. The Loop rooted Chicago’s downtown in a way unknown in other cities, and it protected that area—and the city itself—from the full effects of suburbanization during the second half of the twentieth century. Masses of data underlie new insights into what has made Chicago’s downtown, and the city as a whole, tick. The Loop features a cast of colorful Chicagoans, such as legendary lawyer Clarence Darrow, poet Edgar Lee Masters, mayor Richard J. Daley, and the notorious Gray Wolves of the Chicago City Council. Charles T. Yerkes, an often-demonized figure, is shown as a visionary urban planner, and engineer John Alexander Low Waddell, a world-renowned bridge creator, is introduced to Chicagoans as the designer of their urban railway. This fascinating exploration of how one human-built structure reshaped the social and economic landscape of Chicago is the definitive book on Chicago’s elevated Loop.

Chicago s Lost L s

Its trains are a place where people meet and interact. Some say the best way to experience the city is via the L, with its second-story view. Chicago's Lost "L"s is virtually a "secret history" of Chicago, and this is your ticket.

Chicago s Lost  L s

Author: David Sadowski

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1439672911

Page: 128

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Chicago's system of elevated railways, known locally as the "L," has run continuously since 1892 and, like the city, has never stood still. It helped neighborhoods grow, brought their increasingly diverse populations together, and gave the famous Loop its name. But today's system has changed radically over the years. Chicago's Lost "L"s tells the story of former lines such as Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, Kenwood, Stockyards, Normal Park, Westchester, and Niles Center. It was once possible to take high-speed trains on the L directly to Aurora, Elgin, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The L started out as four different companies, two starting out using steam engines instead of electricity. Eventually, all four came together via the Union Loop. The L is more than a way of getting around. Its trains are a place where people meet and interact. Some say the best way to experience the city is via the L, with its second-story view. Chicago's Lost "L"s is virtually a "secret history" of Chicago, and this is your ticket.

Michael Brein s Guide to Chicago by The L

Chicago by the 'L shows you how to go to more than 50 points of interest easily and inexpensively by using Chicago's excellent 'L (elevated /subway train) ...

Michael Brein s Guide to Chicago by The  L

Author: Michael Brein, Ph.D.

Publisher: Michael Brein, Inc.

ISBN: 9781886590205

Page: 28

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- Top 50 attractions by public transit- Ultra-large official transit maps- Detailed mini-area maps- Exact directions to attractions from nearest transit stops- City transit systems simplified- Cheapest way to sightsee- Easy to use

The L in Transition Personal Snapshots of the Chicago Elevated as It Entered the 21st Century 2000 2002

This is the Chicago "L" in those final years when it was an antiquated relic of the past; before its ornate station houses which heralded its arrival in the 1890s gave way to the wrecker's torch for the sake of progress and making the "L" ...

The L in Transition  Personal Snapshots of the Chicago Elevated as It Entered the 21st Century  2000 2002

Author: Eric Smith

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 9781973437024

Page: 108

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At the dawn of the 21st Century, the Chicago Elevated or "L" was in the midst of a major transition. Every elevated line had either been completely rebuilt & renovated or was about to be. Dating to 1892, Chicago's famed elevated railroads had long since fallen into disrepair and either had to be rebuilt or torn down. Between 1994 and 1996, much to the consternation of the people who used the route, the South Side and Lake Street Ls of the Green Line had been closed for extensive rebuilding and repair. When in the spring of 2000 it was determined that the West Side's Douglas L was in similar need of a rebuild, it was decided to keep the trains running while the work took place so as to avoid the public outcry that had accompanied the Lake Street and South Side Lines closings. Yet by this time the Douglas L was in too great a state of disrepair to be saved as it was; necessitating that the line be completely torn down and an entirely new structure & stations be built in its place. The photographs in this book capture the Douglas L in its final months of operation as it was as well as the beginning of its renovation. The photos in this book also document the Paulina Street Connector before it was reintegrated into the transit system as the new Pink Line and the ancient Harrison Street Curve in the final years before it was torn down and replaced. This piece is essentially a written time capsule of the Chicago "L" in transition; a brief snapshot in time when it still had one foot in the 19th Century and the other in the 21st Century. This is the Chicago "L" in those final years when it was an antiquated relic of the past; before its ornate station houses which heralded its arrival in the 1890s gave way to the wrecker's torch for the sake of progress and making the "L" into a modern day rapid transit system that is the pride of Chicago and the Midwest.

Chicago s Lost L s

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) took over the “L” system, as shown here, on October 1, 1947. This map shows when various lines opened.

Chicago s Lost  L s

Author: David Sadowski

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 146710602X

Page: 128

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Chicago's system of elevated railways, known locally as the L, has run continuously since 1892 and, like the city, has never stood still. It helped neighborhoods grow, brought their increasingly diverse populations together, and gave the famous Loop its name. But today's system has changed radically over the years. Chicago's Lost Ls tells the story of former lines such as Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, Kenwood, Stockyards, Normal Park, Westchester, and Niles Center. It was once possible to take high-speed trains on the L directly to Aurora, Elgin, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The L started out as four different companies, two starting out using steam engines instead of electricity. Eventually, all four came together via the Union Loop. The L is more than a way of getting around. Its trains are a place where people meet and interact. Some say the best way to experience the city is via the L, with its second-story view. Chicago's Lost Ls is virtually a secret history of Chicago, and this is your ticket.

Smoke Papers of the Chicago Association of Commerce Committee of Investigation on Smoke Abatement and Electrification of Railway Terminals

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Smoke Papers of the Chicago Association of Commerce  Committee of Investigation on Smoke Abatement and Electrification of Railway Terminals

Author: Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry. Committee of Investigation on Smoke Abatement and Electrification of Railway Terminals

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