Monday, July 30, 2012

Neighborhood Things: CTA Trains

Part 2 of my series on buses and trains!

The train lines here in Chicago are color coded; red, blue, brown, green, orange, purple, pink, and yellow.  I happen to live near the blue line.  

These are the elevated tracks down the street from my building.  I can hear the train from my apartment, but it's not loud enough to be bothersome.  

This is one of the stops near our apartment.  We're lucky enough to have 2 that are within a reasonable walking distance!  This particular train line (and maybe all of them?  I'm not completely sure) runs on elevated tracks at some parts along the route and underground at others.  The 2 stops nearest me are elevated. 

Whoa! A train!

This is one of the underground stops downtown.  

Inside a train car.  Notice how some of the seats face one direction and some face the opposite.  I prefer to be seated in the direction of travel whenever possible.

A list of the stops.  These can be pretty helpful, but they're not always in every car.

In addition to the CTA trains that run throughout the city, we also have The Metra.  This is a commuter line, usually used by those who live outside the city and travel in for work every day (or vice versa.  There are some reverse commuters, too).  I'm going to try to get some photos of that, too.

I hope you're all enjoying my little series on public transit.  I'm not an expert, but if you have any questions, I will do my best to answer them!

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