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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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This station, opened in 2001, was originally built as Homan station a 1/4-mile east. Opened by the Lake Street Elevated Railroad in 1894, the station was designed in an ornate Victorian style with Queen Anne details. . The station was closed in 1994 but protected by eligibility for National Register of Historic Places, the stationhouses were disassembled, rebuilt and rehabbed to form a new station at Conservatory-Central Park Drive, serving the historic park and conservatory. . #cta #chicago #garfieldpark #conservatory @chicagoparks #stations #transit #publictransit #publictransportation #ctagreenline #publictransport #railways #railstations #history #nationalregister #architecture
Another new bus has arrived for the city – ordered by the Chicago Surface Lines, but with delivery taken by the newly created Chicago Transit Authority in 1948. Bus #6602 , manufactured by General Motors, was part of a fleet of 179 buses ordered between 1946 and 1947 that helped modernize the rolling stock inherited by the CTA from its surface division predecessor, CSL. #ctahistory #chicagohistory #chicago #buses #transit #publictransit #publictransport #publictransportation #chicagosurfacelines
We’ve got you covered for #Lolla ! Our @CTA Community Connection bus will be at Grant Park so you can cool off, charge your phone and learn more about our city-wide transit system transitchicago.com/lollapalooza #lollapalooza #grantpark #transit #airconditioning
Headed to Lollapalooza this weekend? Don’t forget to stop by our Community Connection bus to juice up your phone, cool off and learn more about how to get around #Chicago using our extensive bus and rail service! transitchicago.com/lollapalooza #lolla #lollapalooza
Excited about Lollapalooza this weekend? As always, we're the best way there and back with extra 'L' train service to bring you right to the fest! Get full travel info at transitchicago.com/lollapalooza. For more details on added service and bus reroutes for Lollapalooza (some of which begin tonight!), in advance of the festival. Be sure to see if your route's affected by visiting transitchicago.com/weekday. #cta #chicago #lolla #lollapalooza #grandpark #transit #festivals
From our Historical Collection: Rapid transit car #4174 , sporting a new paint job in the brown and orange color scheme of the CTA-predecessor Chicago Rapid Transit Company, is shown at Skokie Shop. This car was part of an early group of 4000-series cars built between 1914 and 1915 by the Cincinnati Car Company of Cincinnati, Ohio. The car interiors were pleasant but utilitarian, especially compared with the later group of 4000’s built in the 1920s. Their smooth, rolled arch sheet steel roofs consequently earned them the nickname “Baldies.” . #ctahistory #transithistory #publictransit #railcars #railways #trains #transit #chicago #skokie #rapidtransit #publictransport
We proudly welcome these 100 One Summer Chicago students, as they intern in various departments to learn about careers at CTA and in public transit. This popular Mayor Rahm Emanuel summer program has helped many young adults do internships with various organizations and companies.
Chicago streetcar #225 is outside of the 77th Street carbarn, sporting an early Chicago Transit Authority emblem but still wearing the red and cream color scheme of its predecessor company, the Chicago Surface Lines. . Built by the Pullman Car Company in 1908-09, car #225 was part of a fleet of 600 cars known as “Big Pullmans” that operated all over the city’s surface system, and were the mainstay on many of the heavily-used streetcar lines of the city. Throughout their careers, the cars operated with both an operator and conductor. Passengers boarded at the rear of the car onto a spacious platform, designed to allow quick and efficient boarding. After paying their fare to the conductor, passengers would proceed into the car interior, which was appointed with reversible rattan seats, wood trim, and a grooved wooden floor specially designed to catch water on rainy days. Each window was equipped with a window shade, and heaters could be found under each car seat. Exiting was via the front door. . These streetcars were designed to carry large numbers of people and were used on the busier streetcar routes throughout the city. . Here, the car is approaching the end of its service life, as the CTA was in the process of converting the existing streetcar lines to trolley bus and motorbus lines. . The last of the red cars, as they were affectionately known, were taken out of revenue service on May 30, 1954. . #cta #chicago #ctahistory #chicagohistory #transit #publictransit #streetcars #trams #lightrail #grandcrossing #chatham #1950s
From our historical collection: A horse drawn omnibus, originally operated by the Citizen’s Line circa 1853, is displayed at West Shops at Pulaski and Lake. These early transit vehicles were quite primitive, barely just a notch above stagecoaches – little more than hard, wooden bench seats were provided on either side of very sparsely appointed coaches, with no heat, light, or other amenities. It is hard to believe that, from such humble beginnings, Chicago would one day have the second largest public transit system in North America, as it does today. #cta #chicago #horsecars #omnibus #chicago #lawndale #tbt #transit #publictransit #publictransport #19thcentury #1800s #1850s
From our Public Art collection: "Doors Open Everywhere at Fullerton" by Michael Dinges Venetian glass, marble and stone mosaic 2009 The distant horizon of Michael Dinges’ abstracted prairie landscape beckons commuters entering the station, drawing their eyes up the stairway to the mezzanine. A broad expanse of gold and green, and the luminous, diffused colors of the overarching sky evoke a feeling of boundlessness to match the sense of possibilities one may feel when setting out for a new destination. Learn more about art all over the CTA at transitchicago.com/art #cta #chicago #transit #publictransit #lincolnpark #ctaredline #ctabrownline #ctapurpleline #publictransport #stations #trainstations #publicart #mosaics #artworks
With the skyline as backdrop, baby blue glazed brick with glass block windows adorn the original 1958 station building for the Loomis entrance to the Racine station on the Forest Park Branch of the Blue Line. This line, originally the Congress Line, was the first new line opened by CTA and the first in the middle of an expressway (then the Congress Superhighway, now the Eisenhower Expressway. or I-290), replaced an aging elevated line that was in the footprint of what is now the expressway, with speedy service to downtown and Logan Square (via Dearborn Subway and the Milwaukee Elevated line) from the West Side, Oak Park and Forest Park. Several stations on this line have multiple entrances, from different streets, providing more convenient pedestrian access to station platforms. #transit #rapidtransit #publictransit #publictransport #railways #stations #trains #chicago #ctablueline #chicagoskyline #searstower #willistower
‪Our #Pride Train is at Clark/Division, heading toward Howard now bringing people to the parade!‬ ‪Thanks, US Bank, for sponsoring this year!‬
Going to the Chicago #Pride ⁠ ⁠Parade tomorrow? We're the best way to get there! transitchicago.com/prideparade
TBT: 60 years ago, CTA ran its last streetcar. So, you could call this final Green Hornet run down Vincennes Ave. on 6/21/58, “A Streetcar Named Retire.” Bus service replaced streetcars, but tracks are buried under many streets.
Planning your trip to the Chicago Pride Parade? We're your best way there. Find a detailed route map, travel tips and more at transitchicago.com/prideparade. #pride2018 ⁠ ⁠ #pride ⁠ ⁠
For a second year, we’re showing some Pride by debuting four ‘L’ cars wrapped in the rainbow flag! These colorful cars will be in service on our busiest line—the Red Line—this upcoming week in celebration of Chicago’s diversity and to show our commitment to equality and inclusion. (With special thanks to U.S. Bank, who are sponsoring these cars this year!) Transit’s for everyone: No matter who you are, who you love, or how you identify, we're proud to be the people to get you where you're going. Welcome aboard! If you're going to the Pride Parade next weekend, learn about how to get there and find tips on how to make travel a breeze at transitchicago.com/prideparade #pridetrain #cta #transit #publictransit #rapidtransit #pride #pride2018 #ctaredline #chicago #publictransport #trains #railways
#TBT to 1938: 80 years ago, when 10-year-old Shirley Temple rode the rails of the 'L' with the assistance of motorman Charles Blade, she already was the biggest movie star in the world and had won an honorary Academy Award! But, like any ordinary kid, she loved trains.
A 134 Stockton/LaSalle Express stops on LaSalle St at the light at Lake St on a recent warm summer rush hour. #cta #transit #chicago #loop #downtown #skyscrapers #buses #publictransit #publictransport #cities
A Purple Line to Howard train pulls into the Central station in Evanston on a warm, autumn afternoon in 2017. #cta #evanston #publictransit #publictransport #trains #stations #northshore #transit #railways #tracks
Come experience classical music in a classic Chicago setting! Tomorrow at 1 pm, in the 'L' systems Roosevelt Red/Orange/Green line transfer tunnel, enjoy a free, live performance by musicians from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. The rhythm of the Red Line never sounded so good!
A 156 LaSalle bus waits for the light at LaSalle/Lake on a warm, spring afternoon.
Here’s a pic of the O’Hare station during the busy holiday travel season. The station, opened in 1984, sees about 4,000,000 riders per year with fast, frequent service to downtown all day (plus regular service overnight)—normal travel times from O’Hare to/from Clark/Lake are just about 40 min and costs $5 (or less, if you get reduced fare or have a pass) from O’Hare, or $2.50 from other ‘L’ stops. This modern, open station, with its rainbow of color glowing behind waves of glass block was designed by the firm Murphy/Jahn, whose Helmut Jahn was also designing a new Terminal 1 at the time with its famous tunnel to the remote concourse... with wavy walls of glowing rainbow color, an undulating neon sculpture overhead and a playfully airy, almost ethereal version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, long now associated with the terminal’s tenant. (It’s the United terminal.) #cta #chicago #transit #publictransit #publictransport #trains #blueline #ohare #ord #ctablueline
A Linden-bound Purple Line train rolls into Clark/Lake on Thursday evening. #transit #publictransit #publictransport #trains #chicago #loop
125 years ago this week, the renowned 1893 Columbian Exposition (World's Fair) opened to the public. The Ferris wheel, Wrigley’s Gum, Quaker Oats were some notable “firsts” at the fair. As you can see, Chicagoans packed pre-CTA streetcars to see it all. http://bit.ly/2qo6nPs #tbt
Happy Earth Day, Chicago! Help us protect the planet. By using our trains and buses, you keep 400,000 vehicles off regional roads each weekday. You also help cut millions of tons of carbon emissions and save billions of gallons of gas each year. Thank you! #EarthDay2018
Want to help the planet this Earth Week? If you take our trains and buses, you’ll keep more than six million metric tons of greenhouses gases out of the atmosphere. You’ll also save yourself thousands of dollars a year in transportation costs. That’s a win-win! #EarthDay2018
We mark this Earth Week with a more energy-efficient fleet of 1,900 buses. Our hybrids cut emissions of key pollutants, including nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide. And our high-tech garages allow buses to minimize engine idling during the winter. #EarthDay2018
Do you recycle? We do… and not just for Earth Week. We recycle engine oil, antifreeze and batteries at our maintenance facilities. And, our bus and rail car washer systems have built-in water recyclers, saving up to 500,000 gallons of water a week. Please recycle. #EarthDay2018
Happy Earth Week, Chicago! Consider taking a bus to work or school. It reduces car emissions and eases congestion. A full, 60-foot articulated bus can replace more than 70 cars on the road. Plus, you’ll love not paying for gas or parking! #EarthDay2018
A #ctaredline train waits for its scheduled time to depart on its next 21.5 mile trip to downtown and Howard from under the new South Terminal building at 95th/Dan Ryan. #cta #chicago #transit #publictransit #publictransportation #publictransport #trains #stations #freeways #danryan #95th #roseland #princetonpark #westchesterfield
Here are some more pics from the opening night, event and first day of service at the new South Terminal at 95th/Dan Ryan! We’re proud to announce that we’ve reached a milestone in the reconstruction of one of our busiest Red Line stations, 95th/Dan Ryan, and its bus terminal areas: the station's new South Terminal is now open! The opening of the South Terminal building, with its bright, glass-enclosed spaces, replaces what used to be a cramped and aging facility with a modern space that includes safer pedestrian walkways, a longer train platform to reduce crowding and new Bus and Train Tracker displays throughout the station and bus terminal areas. As the largest station construction project in CTA’s history, this $280M effort not only replaces a nearly 50-year-old station and bus terminal areas, but represents a significant investment in Chicago’s South Side. 95th/Dan Ryan is one of the busiest stations, with 24-hour Red Line service and over 20,000 daily bus and rail passengers. For more information on this major project to make improvements to the 95th/Dan Ryan station & terminals and read about what’s to come (along with artist renderings of what the station will look like when the project is complete), visit: https://www.transitchicago.com/95thterminal/ #cta #chicago #redline #ctaredline #95thdanryan #buses #terminal #busterminal #princetonpark #westchesterfield #roseland #longwoodmanor #beverly #transit #publictransit #publictransportation #architecture #railway #publictransport
We’re proud to announce that we’ve reached a milestone in the reconstruction of one of our busiest Red Line stations: 95th/Dan Ryan and its bus terminal areas: the station's new South Terminal is now open! The opening of the South Terminal building, with its bright, glass-enclosed spaces, replaces what used to be a cramped and aging facility with a modern space that includes safer pedestrian walkways, a longer train platform to reduce crowding and new Bus and Train Tracker displays throughout the station and bus terminal areas. As the largest station construction project in CTA’s history, this $280M effort not only replaces a nearly 50-year-old station and bus terminal areas, but represents a significant investment in Chicago’s South Side. 95th/Dan Ryan is one of the busiest stations, with 24-hour Red Line service and over 20,000 daily bus and rail passengers. For more information on this major project to make improvements to the 95th/Dan Ryan station & terminals and read about what’s to come (along with artist renderings of what the station will look like when the project is complete), visit: https://www.transitchicago.com/95thterminal/ #cta #chicago #redline #ctaredline #95thdanryan #buses #terminal #busterminal #princetonpark #westchesterfield #roseland #longwoodmanor #beverly #transit #publictransit #publictransportation #architecture #railway #publictransport
Cubs home opener today! While the crowds look familiar, Wrigleyville sure has changed in the past 83 seasons! The new Hotel Zachary, The Park at Wrigley and other buildings now occupy the spot where you see the big silos of a coal and building materials company. The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railways (often referred to as the Milwaukee Road Line) used freight cars running alongside Wrigley Field to move those materials. The CTA continued that freight service until 1973. The neighborhood continues to evolve. But one thing has remained the same for the past 70 seasons: Our buses and trains get you to Wrigley as fast and easy as a “Bryzzo” home run swing. Go Cubs! Fly The W! #transit #chicago #cubs
This week we launched a new, mobile-friendly www.transitchicago.com, with an upgraded, brighter, more modern, “responsive” design (where all pages adapt automatically to the size) of your screen. Check it out today! We ❤️ feedback: If you have ideas on how to make the site better (or spot anything needing refinement), let us know by clicking web feedback link in any page footer—we’re listening closely and even though it's only been a couple of days, we've already made a number of improvements to the site and have our team working on a bunch more based on what we're hearing people would like to see. (Thanks to everyone who’s written!) Also, check out https://www.transitchicago.com/welcome for details on what’s new—like clearer alert information, elevator statuses, accessibility improvements, better trip planner widget options, nicer bus route pages and so much more! (And click the link at the bottom of any page to tell us what YOU think!) #cta #chicago #website #design #transit #publictransit #publictransportation #information #worldwideweb #www #https #responsivedesign
The Sox home opener is today! Back in ’59 here, we used propane-powered buses to get fans to the old Comiskey Park. A lot has changed in the past 60 years, including our buses, our trains and even the home ballpark itself! But the excitement of a new season cannot be beat. Use us to get to the ole ball game and root, root, root for the White Sox all season long. Our Sox-35th Red Line stop is just a block, or an Avisail Garcia throw to home plate, away from the ballpark! And the Green Line's a short walk, too! Go Sox! Plan your trip to the ball game at https://transitchicago.com/sports #chicago #cta #ctahistory #sports #buses #comiskey #comiskeypark #soxpark #whitesox
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