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Longest CTA Line

Postby rail10 » Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:21 pm

Which is the CTA longest line ?
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Re: Longest CTA Line

Postby Rockingham Racer » Fri Nov 25, 2016 3:38 pm

I'm going to say the Blue Line, which [in the past, at least] started at O'Hare, was a subway in the Loop area, then became elevated and went west out to Harlem Ave.
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Re: Longest CTA Line

Postby CHTT1 » Fri Nov 25, 2016 8:02 pm

After some snooping around on the internet, I find that the Blue Line, from O'Hare International Airport to Des Plaines Avenue in Forest Park, is 26.9 miles long.

The Red Line, from Howard Street to 95th Street, is 23.4 miles.
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Re: Longest CTA Line

Postby GWoodle » Mon Nov 28, 2016 8:55 pm

In the future this may be the Red Line if CTA gets funds to go south from 95th to 130th,
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Re: Longest CTA Line

Postby Rockingham Racer » Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:01 am

GWoodle wrote:In the future this may be the Red Line if CTA gets funds to go south from 95th to 130th,


They've been talking about that for 20 years or so now................
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Re: Longest CTA Line

Postby doepack » Tue Nov 29, 2016 8:17 am

Rockingham Racer wrote:
GWoodle wrote:In the future this may be the Red Line if CTA gets funds to go south from 95th to 130th,


They've been talking about that for 20 years or so now................


At the very least. I don't want to date myself, but that talk was around when Reagan was in office, just over a decade after the Dan Ryan line was opened.

Meanwhile, Red currently weighs in at 23.4 miles, according to Wikipedia. Extending it southward to 130th would add about 4 1/2 miles, so if it ever happened, it would indeed supplant Blue as CTA's longest. Just glad I haven't been holding my breath waiting for it to happen all these years...
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Re: Longest CTA Line

Postby Rockingham Racer » Tue Nov 29, 2016 2:40 pm

There really isn't alot of population on either side of I-94. So are they going down the middle of I-57 to Blue Island?
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Re: Longest CTA Line

Postby The EGE » Tue Nov 29, 2016 2:57 pm

Using the UPRR right of way (see the map here). Stops in existing dense residential at 103rd, 111th, and Michigan, and a park-and-ride sink at 130th.
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