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The Chicago L Train Is A Popular Form Of Transportation

The Chicago L Train as a part of the CTA gives you wide access routes in and above the city.

The Chicago Transit Authority provides transit services with the bus and rail system.

When you are visiting downtown Chicago you can definitely hear it passing by on the tracks above the city.

The “L” as they call it is a vast and reliable form of transportation come rain, snow or shine. It has eight rapid transit routes and 144 stations.

It also has approximately 242.2 miles of track.

They call it the “L” train because the train was elevated above the city.

The L train also runs above ground and can take you right across and above the city of Chicago in the most busiest parts of the Loop.

Other L trains run in subway tunnels and tubes, as well as along the expressway or between the expressway.

The Loop (© iStockphoto.com/chicagophoto).

The two routes (the Red and Blue Lines) operate 24 hours, every day of the week.

There is also the Chicago Metra Train that can take you above or underground, and into Chicago from the outlying suburbs.

The L train can be identified by many colors and lines which can take you to different parts of the city and some outlying suburbs.

You will know where these trains are going by their color and the color indication at the stations.

This is very important to know because if you catch the wrong train it can take you to the other side of town!

The line colors are named the Brown line, the Green line, the Orange line, the Pink Line, the Blue line, the Purple line, the Red line, and the Yellow line.

Train route in Chicago (© iStockphoto.com/benkrut).

The Ravenswood or Brown line circles the Loop.

The Brown Line (‘L’) provides daily rapid transit service, from Kimball to downtown (with certain late night trips between Kimball and Belmont only).

The Lake Englewood-Jackson Park is the Green Line.

The Green Line(‘L’) provides rapid transit train service between Harlem in Forest Park, IL and Oak Park, IL to 63rd Street on Chicago’s South Side, via Loop ‘L’.

The Orange Line (‘L’) provides rapid transit train service between Midway Airport and downtown (Loop), and provides service to Chicago’s Southwest Side.

The Pink Line (‘L’) provides rapid transit train service between 54th/Cermak (serves Cicero and Berwyn) and downtown Loop.

The Evanston Express is the Purple Line.

The Purple Line (‘L’) route provides rapid transit train service between Linden (in Wilmette) and Howard (in Chicago) via Evanston. During weekday rush-periods, express service continues to downtown Loop.

The Howard Dan-Ryan is the Red Line.

The Red Line (‘L’) has 24-hour train service between Howard on the North Side and 95th/Dan Ryan on the South side via downtown Chicago.

The Yellow Line is known as the “Skokie Swift”.

The Yellow Line (‘L’) provides rapid transit train service between Skokie (Dempster St) and Howard (in Chicago), with connecting service to downtown Chicago via Purple Line Express or Red Line.

The O’Hare-Congress-Douglas line is the Blue Line.

The Blue Line (‘L’) provides 24-hour rapid transit train service between Chicago-O’Hare International Aiport and the Forest Park terminal, via downtown Chicago.

All Chicago trains can be standing room only at rush hour and when there are special events in the city.

Bikes are permitted on the Chicago L Train every day, except during weekday rush periods (7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.).

Bikes are not allowed on July 2nd or 4th, or when trains are full.

For travel information,, directions and schedule times for the Chicago L train.

Call RTA Travel Information at: (312) 836-7000

For CTA Customer Service, including Chicago Card and fare payment questions.

Call: 1-888-YOUR-CTA (1-888-968-7282)

Chicago Transit Authority:

567 West Lake Street Chicago, IL 60661

References: www.transitchicago.com