Red Line (CTA)

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Red Line
Red Line departing Sheridan Rd.jpg
A Red Line train of 5000-series cars
TypeRapid transit
SystemChicago "L"
LocaleChicago, Illinois, United States
95th/Dan Ryan
Daily ridership251,813 (avg. weekday 2012)
OpenedOldest section: May 31, 1900; current operation as Red Line: February 21, 1993
Operator(s)Chicago Transit Authority
CharacterSubway, elevated, surfaced
Depot(s)Howard Yard, 98th Yard
Rolling stock5000-series
Line length23.4 mi (37.7 km)
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
ElectrificationThird rail, 600 V DC

The Red Line, sometimes known as the Howard-Dan Ryan Line or the North-South Line, is a rapid transit line in Chicago, run by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) as part of the Chicago "L" system. It is the busiest line on the "L" system, with an average of 251,813 passengers boarding each weekday in 2012.[1] The route is 23.4 miles (37.7 km) long with a total of 33 stations, from Howard station in Rogers Park on the north side, through the State Street subway and to 95th/Dan Ryan in Roseland on the south side.

Like the Blue Line, the Red Line runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; it is one of only five mass-transit rail systems in the United States to do so (the others being the PATCO Speedline, Staten Island Railway, the PATH lines, and the New York City Subway).

References[change | change source]

  1. "2012 Annual Ridership Report" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority. Retrieved May 5, 2013.