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Mayor Richard J. Daley driving the first spike, Congress Expressway rapid-transit line, Chicago, 1955

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Mayor Richard J. Daley driving the first spike, Congress Expressway rapid-transit line, Chicago, 1955
Chicago Transit Authority

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

City and Suburb: Chicago and Park Forest, Illinois, 1950s
City and Suburb: Chicago and Park Forest, Illinois, 1950s — Chicago’s L


Driving the first spike on the Congress Line
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Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection
Mayor Richard J. Daley driving the first spike, Congress Expressway rapid-transit line, Chicago, 1955.
Physical Description
Photogragh. Black-and-white photograph of Chicago officials at the CTA's Congress Expressway transit line.
Details
Date Made:
1955
Locations:
Illinois
Note:
Chicago
Credit:
Courtesy of Chicago Transit Authority
History

One of the CTA's major innovations during the 1950s was the new Congress Expressway rapid transit line. Forward-thinking transportation planners in Chicago had envisioned early on the possibility of including a median strip rapid transit line in the construction of the city's expressways. Chicago pioneered this method of integrated urban transportation. Many commuters from the city's West side and western suburbs took advantage of the new line and its brand new cars to breeze in and out of the city center, past expressway traffic.

Related People, Places, and Events
Depicted
Richard J. Daley, Mayor of Chicago

Depicted
Chicago Transit Authority

Related Place
Chicago, Illinois


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