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Chicago’s ‘L’: revamping a century-old metro

Release time:2019-12-16 21:33:48

    Works are underway to improve one of the busiest sections of Chicago’s ‘L’ transport system, as part of the largest reconstructions in the historyof the Chicago Transit Authority. The scheme will see a revamping of an over 100-year-old system that’s being increasingly beset by capacity constraints.Chicago’s ‘L’ transport system is one of the most famous landmarks of the city, having previously been voted among the ‘seven wonders of Chicago’ in a 2005 poll carried out by the Chicago Tribune.

     Fifteen years later, this iconic, 127-year-old railway now annually serves over 226m passengers, with a daily ridership of almost 730,000 people.Over time, its eight colour-coded lines have expanded to reach the outskirts of the city and alleviate traffic in the centre, but in the past few years, some of them have suffered from increased commuter rates and an ageing structure that often leads to overcrowding and delays.But as of autumn 2019, mass transit operator the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has launched the biggest renovation project in its history, heralding a revamp for many century-old stations and tracks in the norther side of the Illinois hub.Dubbed the ‘Red and Purple Modernisation Programme’, it focuses on modernising and updating existing infrastructure on some sections of the Red and Purple lines, as well as building new facilities as part of the wider Red Ahead project.Branded as the solution to commuter misery on the ageing lines, it is being carried out with a view to survive for another 100 years.

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