First rapid transit line opened 1892. Extensive metro system of eight lines and 145 stations. See Chicago network map.

The initial elevated stub lines were linked by the Union Loop in 1897, forming the elevated city-centre core. The State St Subway (Red line: Howard-Dan Ryan) opened in 1943 with the Dearborn subway (Blue line: Milwaukee-Congress) following in 1951: underground sections total 18·3 km with 17 stations. The Yellow (Skokie Swift) line is operated as a short shuttle service; the Purple (Linden − Howard) line is also a shuttle, but with peak-hour services to the Union Loop.

CRRC Sifang America is building 400 metro cars of 7000 Series, with an option for a further 446 cars. The first units are due in service from 2020, replacing CTA’s oldest vehicles.

Address
567 West Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60661
USA
Phone
+1 312 664 7200
Fax
+1 312 664 8936
Email
ctamedia@transitchicago.com
Website
www.transitchicago.com
 

Traffic

Passenger journeys
225·9 million
Information year
2018
 

Company size

Employees
11 500
 

Network data

Gauge
1435 mm
Length
165·4 km
Electrification
165·4 km - 600 V DC 3rd-rail
Rolling stock
1492 Metro cars

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