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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 17, 2014

"L" News Headlines

  • Tag, You're Arrested! New CTA Cameras Aid Fight Against Vandalism [April 22: CTA Press Release]
  • CTA's new weapon in graffiti battle: suits against vandals, parents [April 22: Chicago Tribune]
  • CTA suing parents of graffiti offenders [April 22: Crain's Chicago Business]
  • CTA Cameras Helping Catch More Vandals [April 22: CBS Chicago]
  • CTA suing taggers, parents for graffiti cleanup [April 22: ABC Chicago]
  • CTA Going After Parents of Taggers [April 22: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Belmont Bypass May Require CTA to Buy Air Rights Over Three-Story Building [April 22: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • CTA plans to expand Red Line to 130th Street [April 22: Chicago Maroon]
  • No love for Sheridan [April 21: Red Eye]
  • Watchdog to lawmakers: Move swiftly on transit reforms [April 21: Chicago Tribune]
  • Transit shake-up not on fast track, key lawmaker says [April 21: Politics Early & Often: Chicago Sun-Times blog]
  • No movement yet on transit reform report [April 21: Daily Herald]
  • CTA & Pace Remind Customers of Important May 1 Milestone in Ventra Transition [April 21: CTA Press Release]
  • Goodbye, Chicago Cards: Reload Option Ends in May As Ventra Takes Over [April 21: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Say goodbye to magnetic CTA cards Thursday [April 21: Daily Herald]
  • Man, 32, charged in beating on Skokie Swift CTA train [April 18: Chicago Tribune]
  • CTA's Building Demo Plans Catch Lake View By Surprise [April 18: Lakeview Patch]
  • Reminder: Temporary Suspension of Orange Line Service This Weekend [April 17: CTA Press Release]
  • Orange Line construction to disrupt weekend service [April 17: Voices: Chicago Sun-Times blog]
  • Mayor Emanuel, CTA Announce Next Steps in Modernizing the Red Line, CTA's busiest rail line [April 17: CTA Press Release]
  • CTA: 16 buildings need to be razed for Belmont 'L' overpass [April 17: Chicago Tribune]
  • CTA plans L overpass at Belmont to eliminate bottleneck [April 17: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • CTA announces new bypass initiative for Red Line [April 17: Red Eye]
  • CTA Bypass Project Would Eliminate Bottleneck For Red, Brown, Purple Lines [April 17: CBS Chicago]
  • Some North Side Residents Not Happy To Be Displaced By CTA Overhaul [April 17: CBS Chicago]
  • Tunney Wary Of Project For Lakeview "L" Overpass [April 17: CBS Chicago]
  • CTA Announces Plans For Red Line Extension and Rehab [April 17: NBC Chicago]
  • CTA Belmont bypass proposal could affect 16 nearby buildings [April 17: ABC Chicago]
  • CTA's Belmont Bypass: 16 Existing Buildings Needed for New Flyover [April 17: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • CTA Would Redevelop Wilton Ave. with Transit-Oriented Projects after Bypass [April 17: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • CTA unveils 'flyover' plan to speed 'L' to loop [April 17: Evanston Now]
  • CTA Still Examining Three Options To Extend Red Line South [April 17: CBS Chicago]
  • Green Line trains bypassing Indiana station [April 17: Voices: Chicago Sun-Times blog]
  • Emanuel defends Claypool's controversial CTA hires [April 17: Chicago Tribune]
  • Despite recent hirings, Emanuel has "full confidence" in Claypool [April 17: Politics Early & Often: Chicago Sun-Times blog]
  • Police release video in attack on Skokie Swift train [April 17: Chicago Tribune]
  • Man Punched, Kicked Passenger on CTA Train: Police [April 17: NBC Chicago]
  • Skokie police release video of man who attacked senior citizen on Yellow Line [April 17: Skokie Review]
  • CTA moves to unsnarl North Side el tracks [April 17: Crain's Chicago Business]
  • CTA plans Red Line improvements on North, South sides [April 17: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Red Line to get North Side overhaul, while South Siders decry wait [April 16: Chicago Tribune]
  • CTA unveils plans to rebuild Red Line stops [April 16: Red Eye]
  • First Phase Of Red/Purple Line Rebuild May Start In 2017 [April 16: CBS Chicago]
  • CTA to Rebuild Four Red Line Stations in Edgewater, Uptown [April 16: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • New parking payment terminals roll out in May at Skokie Swift [April 16: Skokie Review]
  • CTA to close sales center Friday [April 16: Red Eye]
  • 'Friendship Train' Conductor Offers Words of Inspiration for CTA Riders [April 16: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Checkerboard City: Training for the Big Game [April 15: Newcity]
  • CTA weighs two options for Red Line extension route [April 15: Politics Early & Often: Chicago Sun-Times blog]
  • Claypool hires former county manager IG wanted fired [April 15: Chicago Tribune]
  • Map: CTA spring, summer construction projects, closures [April 15: Red Eye]
  • Work begins this week on Orange Line, Red Line's Harrison stop [April 13: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Evanston moves forward with Main Street transportation project [April 13: The Daily Northwestern]
  • BGA Public Eye: Clout Questions at CTA, RTA and CHA [April 13: Politics Early & Often: Chicago Sun-Times blog]
  • Orange, Pink Line Trains Rerouted in the Loop Saturday [April 12: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • CTA weekend reroutes, April 11-13 [April 11: Red Eye]
  • Puzzle tests CTA knowledge, speed [April 11: Red Eye]
  • Service Restored After Blue Line Train Derails [April 11: NBC Chicago]
  • Blue Line service resumes after train hits tire, derails at Cicero [April 11: ABC Chicago]
  • Blue Line trains back on track after derailment [April 11: Voices: Chicago Sun-Times blog]
  • CTA: Truck tire on the tracks leads to minor derailment of Blue Line train on West Side [April 10: Chicago Tribune]
  • Blue Line Train Derails After Hitting Truck Tire On Tracks [April 11: CBS Chicago]
  • Blue Line Train Derails, Causes Delays [April 10: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • CTA Begins Work on Harrison Station, Orange Line Track Projects on Near South Side [April 10: CTA Press Release]
  • CTA to rehab Orange Line, Harrison stop [April 10: Red Eye]
  • CTA: Construction On Orange Line, Red Line To Begin Next Week [April 10: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Your New Blue Track Improvement Work to Affect Weekend Service Between Western and Damen Stations [April 10: CTA Press Release]
  • Blue Line Construction Between Western and Damen Enters Second Weekend [April 10: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Blue Line rehab town hall set [April 10: Red Eye]
  • CTA Posts Monthly Ventra Performance Report [April 10: CTA Press Release]
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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.

Fares of the "L": A History of fares, tickets, collection equipment, and more!

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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