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Welcome to Chicago "L".org, the internet's largest resource for information on Chicago's rapid transit system!

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Latest Update: January 9, 2016

"L" News Headlines

  • Emanuel tries to resurrect O'Hare express train plan [February 13: Chicago Tribune]
  • Emanuel pushing O'Hare high-speed rail -- without Block 37 station [February 13: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • CTA execs ride the pension express [February 13: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Record number of riders take 'L,' but bus use slips in 2015, CTA says [February 12: Chicago Tribune]
  • CTA: 'L' ridership reaches record high while bus ridership dips slightly in 2015 [February 12: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • 2015 was a record year for CTA train ridership [February 12: Time Out Chicago]
  • Navigating public transit in a wheelchair [February 12: Red Eye]
  • 2 Injured in CTA Yellow Line Derailment [February 12: Skokie Patch]
  • CTA Yellow Line Service Resumes After Derailment [February 12: NBC Chicago]
  • CTA Yellow Line service restored after train derails near Dempster [February 12: ABC Chicago]
  • 2 CTA workers hurt during Yellow Line derailment [February 11: Chicago Tribune]
  • Yellow Line service suspended after train derailment [February 11: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Chicago transit overhaul gets $156M in federal funds, $125M more possible [February 11: Chicago Tribune]
  • What We Know About the CTA's New 'L' Cars [February 11: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Mayor Emanuel, Sen. Durbin, CTA Announce President Obama's Proposed 2017 Budget Includes Significant Funding for CTA Red-Purple Modernization Program [February 9: CTA press release]
  • Obama brings CTA a gift of up to $281 million [February 9: Crain's Chicago Business]
  • The CTA Fails empire expands: Meet the man behind it all [February 9: Red Eye]
  • What's Your Favorite Spot On The 'L'? Show Us On This New Interactive [February 9: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • A Brief History of Subway Etiquette Campaigns [February 8: CityLab]
  • As homeless numbers rise in Chicago, CTA is a place of refuge [February 8: Red Eye]
  • Police Searching For Three Suspects In Attempted Robbery At Green Line Station [February 8: CBS Chicago]
  • Photos released of 3 accused in CTA Green Line attempted robbery [February 8: ABC Chicago]
  • Woman Attacked After Exiting Green Line Train on South Side: Police [February 8: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Person in custody after fight in CTA station, expressway [February 7: ABC Chicago]
  • Meet the guy who brought Twitter and Netflix to CTA tunnels [February 5: Chicago Tribune]
  • Wabash Lights Shine Bright Under the 'L' Tracks [February 4: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Worst 'L' Crash in CTA History Happened 39 Years Ago Thursday [February 4: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Meet the voice of the CTA [February 3: Fox Chicago]
  • Crime on CTA down overall in 2015, up slightly on Evanston CTA property [February 3: The Daily Northwestern]
  • UIC students to complete new Linden Square transit, development study [February 2: Wilmette Life]
  • I got shushed on the CTA [February 1: Red Eye]
  • Woman attacked inside CTA Green Line station at 43rd Street [February 1: ABC Chicago]
  • Woman Followed Onto CTA, Punched In Face By Robbers: Police [February 1: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Woman fatally struck by Pink Line train at Kedzie stop [February 1: ABC Chicago]
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Additional Information

Historic Station Tours: The Chicago Architecture Foundation and the Chicago History Museum provide tours of Chicago's historic rapid transit system, visiting several of Chicago's oldest, most unique, and most architecturally interesting rapid transit facilities, with tours and lectures given at each site. Section also includes information and photos from Chicago-L.org's past tours.

Mishaps and Unusual Occurrences: Described here are some of the accidents, mishaps, and uncustomary circumstances that have befallen the "L".

Frequently Asked Questions: A compilation of common queries.

Vocabulary of the "L": Learn an automatic train signal from a "fool catcher" with our list of vocabulary words and phrases.

Posters and Advertisements: Check out 1920s CRT posters advertising the sights and scenes that Chicagoans could see by taking the elevated and other ads.


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