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Map of Loop “L” Rapid Transit Stations, 1956

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Map of Loop “L” Rapid Transit Stations, 1956
Courtesy of Michael J. Shiffer

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

RELATED OBJECTS
Madison & Wabash


Loop Rapid Transit Stations, Chicago, Illinois
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection

This 1956 map shows the route of Chicago's Loop "L"; the placement of Loop "L" and subway stations; the route of the subway lines under the Loop; entrances, exits and transfer bridges; and a few of the major buildings served by the CTA.

Physical Description
Map. Line-drawing of Loop Rapid Transit Stations. Revised drawing, dated 8-15-56, for the Chicago Transit Authority's Staff Engineer's Office.
Details
Date Made:
1956
Locations:
Illinois
Note:
Chicago
Credit:
Courtesy of Michael J. Shiffer
History

In the 1950s, the Chicago Transit Authority sought to modernize its fleet, infrastructure, and operations as it worked to position itself as a leader in planning for the future of the city.

A 1958 CTA publication, New Horizons for Chicago Metropolitan Area, suggests the goals and approach of the transit agency at the time: "Essential to the fullest attainment of.economic expansion is a modern, expanded, integrated and co-ordinated rapid transit system that serves all of metropolitan Chicago with fast, off-the-street service supplemented by feeder buses. Attainment of the new horizons is today's challenge for a greater tomorrow. Will metropolitan Chicago be equal to the challenge? The answer rests with the people of the Chicago metropolitan area whose vigorous support must be forthcoming if the rapid transit needs for the new era of economic progress are to be provided."

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User
Chicago Transit Authority

Depicted
Chicago, Illinois


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