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Thursday, October 1, 2020

CTA Dan Ryan 1969 grand opening brochures #tbt


[VIDEO] I enjoyed this look back at the L as it was over 51 years ago. The unveiling of then new bright shiny object on CTA. The line many riders might complain about over the years. One of the busiest on the system. Its been through many changes, but I wonder if this compares to it's grand opening.

Also artistmac made a quick shot at the fact that 50 years later the L still hadn't been extended further south since then. However, plans are in motion though most won't be happy until those plans are executed finally.

I look forward to the future grand opening of the Red Line extension.


Eddie said...

The communities, from 35th St. to 95th St. were already Black or becoming Black. Somehow CTA chose a White woman to represent the Dan Ryan L (EL). Odd! ಠ﹏ಠ

Levois said...

I imagine they did things very differently back then. It wouldn't fly now surely!

Eddie said...

Yes, 1969 is much different than 2020. Then and now, nobody rides an EL, because of a female model or actress. Ha! 🙂(*_*)

Eddie said...

Technically the Green Line could have been extended south to 95th in 1969, but there was no RTA (began 1974) to tell Daley I no. ��

I'll believe the Red Line extension to 130th, when I see it, because CTA has promised and never delivered on other extensions. ��

Levois said...

The Green Line is yet another neglected CTA line that deserves attention. Perhaps if the south side needs yet another extension...

Eddie said...

In the 1950s, CTA eliminated the low ridership Normal Park, Kenwood and Stockyard branches of the Green Line. ಠ﹏ಠ

After the two year rehab in 1995, Preachers Brazier and Finney vetoed the Green Line returning further east to Dorchester. ತ_ತ

Meanwhile, I await the Red Line extension. ಠ_ಠ

Levois said...

Some opportunities was missed with those long gone branches however it was understandable. As far as what happened with the Jackson Park Branch in the 1990s that was an awful decision and as that neighborhood changes they'll see how bad of a decision that was.

Eddie said...

Those branches were from the Chicago Rapid Transit Company, which competed with Chicago Surface Lines and Chicago Motor Coach Company. ತ_ತ

In 1947, CTA acquired CRT and CSL. In 1952, CTA acquired CMC. ತ_ತ

With cars more prevalent in the 1950s, low ridership bus and EL routes were cut. ಠ﹏ಠ

I agree with you, about the 1990s' Jackson Park branch. ಠ﹏ಠ

Eddie said...

Pace wants Pulse routes on its parallel routes 352 Halsted and 381 95th, which will affect service on those routes. ಠ_ಠ

Eddie said...

Pace Pulse buses only stop at main streets, Metra stops and CTA terminals. ಠωಠ

I hope, CTA #34 South Michigan is retained, because some people prefer buses. ಠ﹏ಠ

Levois said...

I don't think the 34 or other bus routes are going anywhere. I think even if there is Pace Pulse or that Red Line extension there is still a need for local bus service. Presumably Pulse is like an express or limited stop bus.

Eddie said...

I mention CTA #34 South Michigan, because it parallels the Red Line extension.

Sometimes, CTA cancels bus routes "duplicated" by Ls, such as portions of the 11 Lincoln and the entire 16 Lake. ಠ ೧ ಠ

Pace Pulse is limited and express, as shown with Pace Milwaukee, on the parallel Pace 270 route. ಠ_ಠ

Regardless, there is need for local bus service. ಠ_ಠ

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