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Welcome to Chicago "L".org, the internet's largest resource for information on Chicago's rapid transit system! Feel free to browse the site and offer comments here.

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Latest Update: April 26, 2015

"L" News Headlines

  • CTA veteran Dorval Carter to return from D.C. to run transit agency [May 5: Chicago Tribune]
  • Rahm picks former CTA exec to replace Claypool [May 5: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • RTA Chairman Kirk Dillard calls for tax increase to fund mass transit [May 4: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • RTA chief hints at terms of acceptable deal with Rauner [May 4: Crain's Chicago Business]
  • Normal service being restored to Green, Pink lines after bridge-lift delay [May 3: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Small fire reported on Red Line [May 1: Chicago Tribune]
  • Normal Red Line service resuming after reports of smoke in subway [May 1: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Brown Line trains to run on Red Line subway tracks this weekend [May 1: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Evanston prepping for CTA Purple Line express pilot program [May 1: Evanston Review]
  • CTA increasing train service for NFL Draft, Polish parade downtown [April 30: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Man charged with groping 4th woman on CTA train [April 30: Chicago Tribune]
  • Man facing charges in attacks on women on CTA accused in another incident [April 30: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Accused Serial Attacker Charged With Another Incident On CTA [April 30: CBS Chicago]
  • CTA Gathering Public Feedback on Red, Purple, Brown Line Station Overhauls [April 30: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • CTA Moves Ahead on Historic Plan to Rebuild and Modernize Red, Purple Lines [April 29: CTA press release]
  • CTA reveals new details on North Side 'L' line work [April 29: Chicago Tribune]
  • CTA to close 2 North Side stations during first phase of modernization project [April 29: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • CTA To Close 2 North Side Stations For Red/Purple Line Renovations [April 29: CBS Chicago]
  • CTA Red, Purple Line reconstruction would close Berwyn, Lawrence stations for at least 3 years [April 29: ABC Chicago]
  • Without Overpasses, Some Businesses Note It's Brighter in Uptown [April 28: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • NTSB report: Blue Line crash shows CTA should update, add safety systems [April 28: Chicago Tribune]
  • CTA catches some of the blame for O'Hare train that climbed an escalator [April 28: Crain's Chicago Business]
  • Fatigued Driver, Design Flaws Blamed For 2014 O'Hare Blue Line Derailment [April 28: CBS Chicago]
  • NTSB: CTA Shares Blame in O'Hare Airport Train Derailment [April 28: NBC Chicago]
  • NTSB releases recommendations in CTA O'Hare crash investigation [April 28: ABC Chicago]
  • CTA should focus on fatigue after O'Hare Blue Line crash crash, NTSB says [April 28: Daily Herald]
  • New study details downside of CTA's newest rail cars [April 27: Red Eye]
  • New Ventra app set for release by the beginning of summer [April 27: The Columbia Chronicle]
  • CTA rounding the curve slowly on next rail car purchase [April 26: Chicago Tribune]
  • Emanuel names Claypool to 3rd stint as mayoral chief of staff [April 24: Chicago Tribune]
  • Emanuel taps CTA director as chief of staff [April 24: Crain's Chicago Business]
  • Mayor Emanuel Taps CTA Boss As His Next Chief Of Staff [April 24: CBS Chicago]
  • Forrest Claypool named Emanuel's next chief of staff [April 24: ABC Chicago]
  • Mayor Taps Forrest Claypool as Chief of Staff to Start Second Term [April 24: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Could Cabrini Redevelopment Mean a New Brown Line 'L' Stop? [April 24: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • College to implement CTA U-Pass Program in 2016 [April 24: The Chicago Maroon]
  • CTA President Forrest Claypool to be Rahm's third chief of staff [April 23: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Mom turns in son, 15, after seeing photos of attacker in Blue Line sex assault [April 23: Chicago Tribune]
  • Police: Mom Turned in Son, 15, After Seeing Suspect Photos in CTA Sex Assaul [April 23: NBC Chicago]
  • Deshawn Isabelle, 15, charged as adult in CTA Blue Line sex assault [April 23: ABC Chicago]
  • Mom Recognized Son in 'L' Sex Assault Photos, Turned Him In: Prosecutors [April 23: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • 15-year-old charged as adult in sex assault, robbery on Blue Line train [April 22: Chicago Tribune]
  • Boy, 15, Charged In Sex Assault On Blue Line Train [April 22: CBS Chicago]
  • Boy, 15, Charged as Adult in Blue Line Sex Assault, Robbery [April 22: NBC Chicago]
  • Deshawn Isabelle, 15, charged as adult in CTA Blue Line sex assault [April 22: 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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