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Celebrating over 70 years of service under the CTA umbrella and over 125 years of the 'L' with pics from our past and present! (official CTA account)

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We're celebrating the 75th anniversary of the opening of the State Street Subway, Chicago's first underground rapid transit line! (Look back in our feed for earlier posts on this!) After five years of construction, Chicago's first subway was ready for operation. The city staged a celebration for the opening of the State Street Subway on October 16, 1943. Celebrations were held throughout the subway and at 10:47am, Mayor Kelly cut a ceremonial red, white, and blue ribbon strung across the northbound track, officially giving the new subway to the city. Though much of the original subway design—built to last!—lives on today, stations have been gradually upgraded to make them accessible and renovation work by the Chicago Dept. of Transportation refresh the design to an evolving postmodern style in baby blue and red that started being applied in the 1990s with the renovation of the Roosevelt station. We continue to make improvements such as better lighting, new trains, modern PA systems, security cameras and digital signage that lets riders know when the next trains are estimated to arrive. Here are a few modern pics showing how new and old meet in the 75-year old subway today. Learn more about the history at transitchicago.com/subway75 Learn more about our plans to upgrade the remaining parts of our system for accessibility at transitchicago.com/accessibility/asap And be sure to stop and take a moment to look around you next time you're on our Red Line and use one of its underground stations. transitchicago.com/redline cta #statestreetsubway #subways #transit #rapidtransit #chicago #trains #publictransit #publictransport #1940s #publicworksadministration
We're celebrating the 75th anniversary of the opening of the State Street Subway, Chicago's first underground rapid transit line! This first subway line was intended to be part of two initial subway routes, to be expanded, later. It, and its Milwaukee-Dearborn Subway peer, were largely dug at the same time—though the latter didn't open until 1951, being finished after World War II. Federal funding through President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal programs during the Great Depression made the project possible. Design and construction was managed by the Chicago Department of Subways and Superhighways (a partial predecessor to today's Chicago Department of Transportation, or CDOT), with ground broken on December 17, 1938. The subway was mainly constructed using the deep bore method, where tubes were dug in the earth below surface level and reinforced with concrete. Much of the tubes were bored using 25' metal shields (nicknamed "biscuit cutters" due to their visual and functional resemblance to the common kitchen tool) pushed hydraulically forward through the clay. With each push forward of the biscuit cutter, "muckers" (a nickname for the people mining out the wet, mucky earth for the subway) would lift out hunks of heavy, wet clay to then be hauled away by cart as the biscuit cutter would push forward and a ring of iron lining would be constructed to hold up the earth around the tube, then reinforced with concrete. To cross under the river, a 200-foot-long steel and concrete tube was constructed at a South Chicago shipyard. It was floated to downtown via Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, sunk into a trench in the riverbed and then connected at its ends to the bored tube and tunnel system. Learn more about the history at transitchicago.com/subway75 #cta #statestreetsubway #subways #transit #rapidtransit #chicago #trains #publictransit #publictransport #1940s #publicworksadministration
We're celebrating the 75th anniversary of the opening of the State Street Subway, Chicago's first underground rapid transit line! The 4.9-mile State Street Subway opened to the public on October 17, 1943 providing fast, comfortable service with modern, streamlined station designs featuring a number of amenities not common yet in other cities' subways to make it a pleasant experience for Chicagoans. The stations featured bright fluorescent lighting (said to be the first for a subway system anywhere); interiors were finished with light grey glazed tiles in the entry areas and off-white terra cotta at platform level with station names and wayfinding cues embedded or integrated into the tilework at various locations throughout stations. The subway system itself heralded "Five Star Features" including ventilation, signals, drainage, illumination and escalators. We encourage you to enjoy a self-guided “subway crawl” tour of historic photos, which will remain up for several weeks. Archival images have been hung in the paid areas of each of the State Street Subway’s nine stations and customers are invited to visit the mezzanine level of each station to see more than 20 historic photos placed throughout the subway system. We'll also be posting additional photos highlighting some of the construction efforts and the modern subway this week! Learn more about the history at transitchicago.com/subway75 #cta #statestreetsubway #subways #transit #rapidtransit #chicago #trains #publictransit #publictransport #1940s #publicworksadministration
A Pink Line train stops at Clinton on the Lake St 'L'. #cta #transit #chicago #westloop #westloopgate #publictransport #trains
Our 4000-series #heritagefleet cars (delivered 1923) were out for a special event today. Here are pics of the train from Chicago on the Brown and Purple lines! #cta #chicago #rivernorth #trains #1920s #railcars #trolleypoles
Cats get loud! Travel to Ryan Field on CTA with your commemorative Northwestern Ventra Card to cheer on your Wildcats! Learn more at https://www.ventranow.com/wildcats
In this 1971 photo, a Lake-Dan Ryan A train of 2200-series cars departs 95th/Dan Ryan with open track ahead alongside bumper-to-bumper traffic on a weekday morning. To the left, a train of 2000-series cars arrives in the terminal station. The Dan Ryan line turned 49 on Friday! When the line first opened, the West-South Route (Lake-Dan Ryan service) went between Harlem/Lake and 95th/Dan Ryan via the north and east sides of the Loop while the North-South Route, or Howard-Englewood-Jackson Park service) used the State Street Subway. The south portions of these two routes were flipped in 1992 with the opening of a new, short segment of subway in anticipation of the Orange Line coming, creating the modern Red and Green lines' routings. #cta #chicago #oakpark #forestpark #transit #traffic #rapidtransit #trains #railway #tracks #railroad #publictransit #expressways #freeways
Another from our new series highlighting some of our amazing coworkers: Say hello to Borrita! Always on the move. Shopaholic. Grandmother. Patriot. Dedicated. CTA Rail Janitor. CTA employees come from all walks of life—and bring a variety of backgrounds and interests to the agency—but we all share the same commitment to providing the best service possible, day in and day out. We’re excited to showcase some of those exemplary workers in ads we’re putting up on the system and sharing here, too. We're glad to have Borrita as part of the CTA family! #transit #publictransit #cta #chicago
A Friday photo: A Blue Line train of 3200-series CTA railcars enters the station at Forest Park at the end of its trip from O'Hare, via downtown, this afternoon. Learn more about these cars' now serving some trips on the Blue Line and other things we're doing to make your ride better at https://transitchicago.com/betterblueline . . #cta #chicago #forestpark #oakpark #ctablueline #blueline #transit #rapidtransit #publictransit #publictransport #trains #railways #railroad
Another from our new series highlighting some of our amazing coworkers: Say hello to Dametric! Avid concert-goer. Sightseer. Libra. A regular at the roller rink. Loves R&B and soul. CTA Bus Operator. CTA employees come from all walks of life—and bring a variety of backgrounds and interests to the agency—but we all share the same commitment to providing the best service possible, day in and day out. We’re excited to showcase some of those exemplary workers in ads we’re putting up on the system and are sharing here, too. We're glad to have Dametric as part of the CTA family! #transit #publictransit #cta #chicago
From our historical collection: Another new streetcar has arrived for Chicago, as proclaimed on the front of car #7129 . Built by the St. Louis Car Company of St. Louis, Missouri, #7129 was a part of two orders totaling 600 cars split between the St. Louis Car company and the Pullman-Standard Company. These 600 cars comprised the second generation of Presidents Conference Committee (PCC) streetcars that operated in Chicago, and incorporated updated elements in design and technology. The public embraced these new streetcars for their comfort, speed, quietness, and smooth operation. #cta #streetcars #chicago #ctahistory #chicagohistory #publictransit #publictransport #trams #PCCs #PCCstreetcars
A photo for your Friday: Red Line riders wait on a warm Friday evening for a Howard-bound train while a 95th-bound train stops at Wilson. #cta #chicago #uptown #cities #transit #trains
Beat others… to get your commemorative CTA farecard! Don’t get stuck in the back of lines at the airport and on race day. Order a commemorative Bank of America Chicago Marathon reloadable Ventra farecard before you leave home. Details at ventranow.com/marathon.
Winners purchase their commemorative CTA farecard ahead of time! They don’t get stuck in the pack at the airport and on race day. They order a commemorative Bank of America Chicago Marathon reloadable Ventra farecard before they leave home. Details at http://ventranow.com/marathon.
Another from our new series highlighting some of our amazing coworkers: Say hello to Carl! Softball player. Billiards champ. History buff. Supportive father. CTA Bus Operator. CTA employees come from all walks of life—and bring a variety of backgrounds and interests to the agency—but we all share the same commitment to providing the best service possible, day in and day out. We’re excited to showcase some of those exemplary workers in ads we’re putting up across the system and will be sharing some here, online, too! We're glad to have Carl as part of the CTA family! #transit #publictransit #cta #chicago
CTA employees come from all walks of life—and bring a variety of backgrounds and interests to the agency—but we all share the same commitment to providing the best service possible, day in and day out. We’re excited to showcase some of those exemplary workers in ads we’re putting up across the system and will be sharing some here, online, too! First up: Say hello to Janet! Mother. Mentor. Grandma. Gospel singer. Cooks a mean Thanksgiving dinner. ... and a CTA Customer Service Representative. We're glad to have Janet as part of the CTA family!
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