Metro Chicago: scheme, photos, description
The system of underground lines in the state capitalIllinois in Chicago called "EL". This reduction of the English word «elevated», stressing that the second metro in the US after New York passed, mostly above ground.
It opened the first phase of the metro Chicago in the summer1892. This has contributed to unload streets and ensure the smooth operation of the port on Lake Michigan. It is building an underground way Chicago has caused a lot of complaints from residents of the areas in which steel trestles were laid. Metro buzzing and significantly reduced the value of property in these neighborhoods. But the decision to carry out further construction of the underground way beginning carried out only in the middle of the twentieth century.
Today Metro Chicago - the eight existinglines, each of which has its color to indicate in the diagrams. The total length of all routes is more than 360 kilometers, and the number of stations close to one hundred and fifty. However, only 20 kilometers of the train overcome through underground tunnels. On the day of the metro Chicago carries a record number of passengers is much higher than 750 thousand people. The annual passenger traffic is at least 200 million.
Each of the eight branches of the metro Chicago has itsthe color designation in the schemes. "Red" - the most popular and downloaded, it crosses the city from north to south. "Blue" line connects Chicago O'Hare International Airport with the western suburb of Forrest Park. "Green" branch is fully aboveground and runs west through the business center of the city to the south. "Orange" route connects one of Chicago Midway Airport to the city center.