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The First of CTA’s Fleet of 500 Odorless Propane Buses.

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The First of CTA’s Fleet of 500 Odorless Propane Buses.
Courtesy of Chicago Transit Authority

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This object appears in the following sections:


Communities
Chicago, the Transit Metropolis — The CTA in the 1950s: Innovation (continued)

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Delivery of New CTA Propane Buses
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection
This photograph, taken the winter of 1950-1951, is one of a series in CTA collections documenting the delivery of the CTA's new Liquidified Petroleum Gas(LPG), or Propane, fueled buses. Propane gas was cheaper than diesel at the time, allowing CTA to save money on fuel costs.
Physical Description
Photograph. Black-and-white photograph of buses.
Details
Date Made:
About 1950
Locations:
Illinois
Note:
Chicago
Credit:
Courtesy of Chicago Transit Authority
History
In the 1950s, the CTA struggled to upgrade rolling stock and maintain service in the face of declining ridership and mounting expenses. The agency responded with a variety of innovative means of improving service and operations, such as purchasing Propane-fueled buses.
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Depicted
Chicago Transit Authority

Depicted
Chicago, Illinois


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