This past Tuesday, we ran a post on Chicago's Bridge to Nowhere — the former "L" bridge crossing the West Side Metra tracks near Paulina and Carroll. Since then, John Schmidt has come across another photo which gives a clearer picture of how the bridge was once linked to our transit system.
Chicago’s first subway opened in 1943, but government control of mass transit came in 1947 with the new Chicago Transit Authority, which set out to modernize the system. In part three of his look-back, history blogger John Schmidt asks, "What would Chicago be without the 'L'?"
All this week, WBEZ is looking at Rahm Emanuel’s first 100 days as Chicago mayor.One of Emanuel’s pledges is to push for the creation of the city’s first bus-rapid-transit line. The idea behind BRT is to deliver the benefits of rail at a fraction of the cost.