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TRANSIT AUTHORITY OFFICIAL WEB
The official web page of the Chicago Transit Authority. There's no
history or anything here, but it's got lots of current information
like maps, schedules, news bulletins, fare information and more.
It's recently been revamped and updated.
TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (RTA) WEB
The official site for the Regional Transportation Authority
provides an overview of their history, mission, governance,
financial oversight, programs and initiatives. They oversee public
transit in northeastern Illinois, including the CTA, Metra and
TRAVEL INFORMATION CENTER
The Chicago area's first reliable computer online
trip-planning service for transit riders. The system produces
customized travel itineraries based on the starting point and
destination addresses. The system then produces one or several
possible trip scenarios using CTA, Metra, and/or Pace, keeping in
mind the time at which you are traveling (i.e. if the Purple Line
Express is running or not, et cetera).
OFFICIAL WEB SITE
The official web page of Metra, Chicago's commuter rail
service. Metra operates commuter service on many Chicago-area main
line railroads, including the Union Pacific, Milwaukee Road, Rock
Island, and others. The site has maps, schedules and more.
OFFICIAL WEB SITE
The official web page of Pace, suburban Chicago's bus service.
It has schedules, maps, vanpool information and
VANDERVOORT'S CHICAGO TRANSIT PAST AND PRESENT
This site has a lot of interesting, if esoteric information.
It has information on subjects like general history and
chronologies, train rosters, some photos and other hard to find
A collection of railroad photography (20,000 pics and rising)
from many eras from the likes of Joe Testagrose, John Bell, Jerry
Appleman, Bob Redden and others of the "L", plus other Chicago
interurbans and Midwest railroads. A Must-See for Chicago
ARTHUR U. GERBER HOMEPAGE
Gerber was a prolific and eclectic architect with five
buildings currently on the National Register of Historic Places.
He designed many "L" stations, from about 1910-1930, including
Prairie and Beaux Arts depots along with more eclectic renderings
of English Tudor and Mission Style train stations.
TRANSPORTATION FORUM ON
Here's a forum to discuss transportation issues in and around
Chicago. Talk on traffic and transit is welcome. Consumer
advocates and riders and drivers will raise issues of concern,
suggest solutions, and discuss the history of what led us to this
point. To post, you'll need to register and log in and you must
accept the cookie.
CHICAGOLAND TRANSIT GROUP
An on-line club and message forum for those interested in CTA,
Pace and Metra issues. Come join and get in on the ground floor of
this new site!
CHICAGO TRANSIT GROUP
A mailing list devoted to the discussion of trains, buses,
transit, urban traffic infrastructure issues, the CTA, RTA and
Metra in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.
RAILROAD PHOTO ALBUM
An archive of photos of North American passenger, steam and
traction railroads, as well as rapid transit, including
A good collection of "L" and streetcar images from the 1950s
and 1960s, concentrating largely on the PCCs, but also including
some of the high performance cars.
An impressive collection of train and traction images from
hundreds of rail properties all over America, including photos of
the "L" from the CTA, CRT and predecessor companies.
Phil O'Keefe's web page about a publicity run the CTA's
historic cars, 4271-4272, took around the system in mid-1999. The
trip included the first time the 1924-vintage 4000-series
cars ran on the 1993-vinatge Orange Line! If the CTA doesn't
receive funding for these cars, they may be forced to sell them
off to a museum. They are the only operable historic cars left on
An art exhibit features images containing or pertaining to the
"L". The artist is a graduate of The School of The Art Institute
of Chicago trained in classical easel painting. The paintings are
made with acrylic resin paint, are transparent, to translucent, to
opaque in character.
"L" enthusiast David Harrison has produced a vast array of "L"
videos, which include current and historic footage, tape from the
100th Anniversary of the Loop, profiles and close-ups of different
car types and driver's perspective real-time footage of several
lines. Volumes 1 - 5 are covered under Chicago's
"L"/Subway System: A Video
Odyssey while Volumes
6 - 10 comprise Chicago's
"L"/Subway: The Video Odyssey
CHICAGO!- THE CHICAGO ELEVATED
A page with some computer-generated maps and a couple history
sections. Its most interesting feature is a map of the 1922 system
proposal, some of which later came to be (most didn't).
A proposal by a group of interested citizens to convert the
Metra Electric line into a CTA transit operation.
Commuter Trunk and Commuter-Freight Conflict Elimination
A Transit Riders' Authority
proposal to CATS RTP 2030 to eliminate all major points of
conflict between passenger and freight routes on the south side of
Chicago. The projected result would be a greatly improved commuter
rail and freight rail network. A rapid transit route (operated as
commuter rail) would share the same right-of-way and new
infrastructure with mainline freight services. Because they'd be
developed together, the two different kinds of service would be
coordinated so that they complement each other to serve the
greatest number of riders.
L. HACKETT PHOTOGRAPHY: Portfolio
- CTA Dusk to Dawn
A portfolio of images from Chicago photographer Keith Hackett,
in which "the viewer sees a Chicago "L" platform at a calm moment,
when the opposite more than likely is true... This series
represents peaceful images that you can just look at and enjoy,
without having to try to figure out." Keith also wants people who
utilize the "L" for everyday transportation, visit to the city or
have seen some other way to see the stops he has captured "in a
the angles, texture, historical and
CHICAGO "L" TRAIN MAPS v1.00
Downloadable maps of the Chicago "L" system for your PDA.
Includes B/W, 4-bit grayscale, 16-bit grayscale, and color
versions for Palm OS PDAs.
IS GRAND: Stories of
Chicago's Rapid Transit
An online journal chronicling stories that take place on the
CTA, including anecdotes, overheard conversations, sighted
graffiti, dialogues spoken or not, found items, personal
reminiscences, parenthetical tangents, and any other creative
offerings submitted by riders via the internet.
ELECTRIC RAILFAN ASSOCIATION
The Central Electric Railfans' Association was formed in 1938
to encourage study of the history, equipment and operation of
urban, suburban and mainline electric railways. They publish a new
book annually and often sponsor fantrips.
LINE INTERURBAN HISTORICAL
The Shore Line Interurban Historical Society is a railfan
group interested in the electric railways of the Chicago area. The
Society's primary focus are the North Shore Line, South Shore
Line, and CA&E, as well as several other Chicago area
electrics, including the "L", the Chicago Surface Lines, and
others. The Society has a number of functions and activities,
including production of First & Fastest magazine, a
high-quality quarterly publication about the Chicagoland electric
This site about the Chicago bus system includes news updates,
rosters, bus garage and operations information, photo galleries,
NORTH SHORE & MILWAUKEE
This is the biggest site I've found on the North Shore Line.
It has lots of historical information, but even more interesting
is the site administrator's collection of North Shore Line
memorabilia, from uniforms to maps, photos of which decorate the
page. There's also some historical photos. An excellent site.
New site for the Chicago Aurora & Elgin interurban. The
site includes information on the Great Third Rail's history,
stations, routes, operations, rolling stock, yards, shops, towers,
substations, maps, and more. Site is currently under construction,
with new information added regularly.
MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC RAILWAY & TRANSIT HISTORICAL
The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Transit Historical
Society, Inc. (TMER&THS) is a nonprofit, State chartered,
educational organization founded in 1983. Our goal is to preserve
the memories and artifacts of electric railway history in
Milwaukee and around the world.
TUNNEL COMPANY RAILROAD HOME
An extensive page dedicated to the old freight tunnels that
are under the Loop. Once used to haul retail merchandise, coal,
coke and more, today they are part abandoned and part used by
ComEd for running cables.
TROLLEYBUS PIX - CHICAGO
An offshoot of Dave's Train Pictures site above, with photos
of diesel, propane, gasoline, and trolley buses of the CTA and CSL
around Chicago, from a number of different collections.
The Lakewood Branch on Chicago's North Side features a
four-block stretch from Fullerton to Diversey with some of the
last remaining street freight railroad trackage in the city. This
half-mile section of track, serving a single customer, is nearly
all that remains from the extensive Chicago & Evanston
Railroad (C&E) line that ran from downtown Chicago north to
Evanston, which became the Northwestern Elevated's Evanston
extension north of Wilson in 1908.
NORTH SIDE SWITCHING
A site detailing the history, remnants of, and current
operations of various freight lines and switching operations on
the North Side of Chicago.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY: AMERICA ON THE
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History's official
web site for their permanent transportation exhibition, which
includes a restored car 6719 and a replica of the Madison/Wabash
elevated station. The site features material from the exhibition,
plus behind-the-scenes accounts of the making of the exhibition
and more stories from curators about our objects and their place
in American history.
The Illinois Railway Museum at Union, IL has a fantastic
collection of passenger, steam, commuter and "L" trains and rail
memorabilia. It's only open during the summer, but you can ride
the trains when you go there (they have a private track they
operate trains on). If you live in northern Illinois, I highly
suggest a trip there.
RIVER TROLLEY MUSEUM
The Fox River Trolley Museum in South Elgin, IL is an outdoor,
admission-free museum that offers rides on 4000- and 5000-series
"L" cars, as well as CNS&M and CA&E interurban cars. They
also have a fun collection of nonoperating rolling stock.
Excellent for a lazy summer afternoon!
TROY ELECTRIC RAILROAD MUSEUM
The East Troy Electric Railroad runs from Mukwonago to East
Troy in southeast Wisconsin. Built in 1907 by the Milwaukee
Electric Railway & Light Company, it continues in its 92nd
year as both a living shortline as well as a museum. They provide
passenger service, as well as a unique dinner train service.
TROLLEY MUSEUM (TROLLEY CAR '86
An all-volunteer organization that works closely with the city
of Appleton, WI and is dedicated to the restoration and operation
of working electric streetcars for the enjoyment and education of
all. They operate the only original restored Milwaukee city
streetcar in the Midwestern United States and is also the home of
1-50 series CTA car 28.
The Seashore Trolley Museum was founded in 1939 in
Kennebunkport, Maine, to save Biddeford and Saco Railroad open
trolley #31 from destruction. Today they are the oldest and
largest electric railway museum in the world! Their collection
includes a pair of CTA 6000s and cars from the CSL, CNS&M and
The mission of the museum is to collect, preserve, interpret
and exhibit materials and artifacts relating to railroading, with
emphasis on Central Illinois, and to operate a demonstration
railroad for the education and enjoyment of the public. Although
the museum's primary focus is main line (especially the IC)
locomotives and passenger coaches, they are also home to
car 53 (5003), one of the only three remaining of the original
A national museum in St. Louis, MO with one of the largest
collections of transportation vehicles in the world, including
over seventy locomotives, automobiles,, buses, streetcars, rapid
transit vehicles (including CTA car 44), aircraft, and river
ELECTRIC RAILROAD MUSEUM
The Connecticut Electric Railway Association, Inc. is the
owner and operator of the Connecticut Trolley Museum. Founded in
October 1940, it is the nation's oldest incorporated organization
dedicated to the preservation of streetcars and the Trolley Era.
Cars in their collection include CRT/CTA cars 4175, 4284, 4409,
APTA members include bus, rapid transit and commuter rail
systems, and the organizations responsible for planning,
designing, constructing, financing and operating transit systems.
APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe,
efficient and economical transit services, and by improving those
services to meet national energy, environmental, and financial
The premiere unofficial site about the history of New York
City's subway system, on-line since 1995.
- HISTORY OF THE
NEW YORK SUBWAY
A history and overview of the New York City subway.
- TRANSPORTATION HISTORY: THE TROLLEY, TRAM AND STREETCAR
A brief history of trolleys, trams and streetcars, with links to trolley and streetcar historical resources and museum websites.
- ALL ABOUT THE STREET CAR, TROLLEY AND SUBWAYS
A general overview of streetcars/trolleys/trams, light rail , and subway modes, and a long list of history and museum website links.
A site for the study of the history, technology and politics
of metropolitan transit. Includes issues of The Third Rails
Online, other transit history, book reviews, and much
Since 1996, RailServe.com has provided rail information
services to individuals, organizations, and businesses
TransiTALK or TTMG is a web-based group dedicated to providing
transportation hobbyist with the best possible on-line media
UNDERGROUND OFFICIAL WEB SITE
The official web page of the London Transport subway system,
METRO OFFICIAL WEB SITE
The official web page of the Washington D.C.'s rapid transit
AREA RAPID TRANSIT OFFICIAL WEB
The official web page of San Francisco's BART transit
The official web page of New York City's subway and transit
The official web page of Los Angeles' new subway system.
BAY TRANSIT AUTHORITY OFFICIAL WEB
The official web page of Boston's subway/el/streetcar
ATLANTA RAPID TRANSIT
The official web page of Atlanta's MARTA transit system.
LOUIS REGIONAL TRANSIT
The official web page the St. Louis metro area's new light
- SOUND TRANSIT
The official web page of Seattle's transit system.
Cincinnati has America's largest abandoned subway system, with
about half of a planned 16-mile system completed when construction
ceased in 1925. Seven miles between Cincinnati's central business
district and the industrial suburb of Norwood were tunneled,
bridged, or graded, but no track was laid and no subway cars were
A comprehensive links site listing pages for many cities,
nationally and internationally.
An excellent railfan site about Toronto, Ontario's system of
subways, streetcars, buses, and electric buses.
- RAILROAD HISTORY: WHO CONSTRUCTED RAILROADS?
Many workers contributed to the construction of railroads. Native Americans, recently freed black people, and white laborers worked on railroads on the East Coast, while on the West Coast many of the railroad workers were Chinese immigrants. This site discussed labor history in the development of railroading in the United States.
- HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL BUS
Student transportation has been evolving for decades to what it is today. Traces school bus vehicle design and technology.