Mass Transit in much of the Chicago metropolitan area is managed through the Regional Transportation Authority ("RTA"), which was installed by referendum in 1974. The Chicago metropolitan area is the Metropolitan area associated with the city of Chicago in the United States and its suburbs The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA is the Financial and Oversight body for the three Transit agencies in northeastern Illinois --the Year 1974 ( MCMLXXIV) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. The RTA provides transportation services through the funding of three subordinate agencies:
The Chicago Transit Authority or CTA, operates the second largest public transportation system in the United States (to New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority) and covers the City of Chicago and 40 surrounding suburbs. Chicago Transit Authority, also known as CTA, is the operator of mass transit within the City of Chicago, Illinois. Metra (officially known as the Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation) is a Regional rail system that serves the city of Chicago Illinois Pace is the suburban bus division of the Regional Transportation Authority in the Chicago area Chicago Transit Authority, also known as CTA, is the operator of mass transit within the City of Chicago, Illinois. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority ( MTA) is a Public benefit corporation responsible for Public transportation in the U The CTA operates 24 hours a day and, on an average weekday, 1. 6 million rides are taken on the CTA.
CTA has approximately 2,000 buses that operate over 152 routes and 2,273 route miles. The Chicago River is 156 miles (251 km long and flows through downtown Chicago. Buses provide about 1 million passenger trips a day and serve more than 12,000 posted bus stops. CTA's 1,190 rapid transit cars operate eight routes and 222 miles of track. CTA trains provide about 650,000 customer trips each day and serve 144 stations in Chicago, Evanston, Skokie, Wilmette, Rosemont, Forest Park, Oak Park and Cicero. Evanston Illinois is an affluent suburban Chicago Municipality on Lake Michigan on the North Shore in Cook County, Illinois directly Skokie (formerly Niles Center is a Village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Wilmette is a village in New Trier Township, Cook County, Illinois, United States. See also the Rosemont Convention Center Rosemont is a village in Cook County Illinois, that is a suburb of Chicago and is in the midst of a huge metropolitan Forest Park (formerly Harlem) is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Oak Park Illinois is a suburb bordering the west side of the City of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Cicero is an Incorporated town in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The elevated train is also known as the "Chicago L" or "El" to Chicagoans. The 'L' (variously and sometimes, styled "L" El EL or L) is a Rapid transit system that serves the city of
Chicago is one of the few cities in the United States that provides rapid transit service to two major airports. The 'L' (variously and sometimes, styled "L" El EL or L) is a Rapid transit system that serves the city of An airport is a location where Aircraft such as airplanes, Helicopters and blimps take off and land From the downtown area the CTA's Blue Line takes customers to O'Hare International Airport in about 40 minutes and the Orange Line takes customers to Chicago Midway International Airport in about 30 minutes from the Loop. The Blue Line (O'Hare-Congress Service and formerly O'Hare-Douglas Service, consists of a long trunk line in the Chicago Transit Authority 's rapid transit system which extends The Orange Line (Midway Service, is a rapid transit line in Chicago, Illinois run by the Chicago Transit Authority as part of the 'L' system Chicago Midway International Airport, also known simply as Midway Airport or Midway, is an Airport in Chicago Illinois, United States Population According to the 2000 Census, 16388 people live in the Loop
The Northeastern Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation, under its trademark Metra, operates eleven commuter rail lines that serve 200+ stations across the RTA's six-county service area. Metra (officially known as the Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation) is a Regional rail system that serves the city of Chicago Illinois Unlike the 'L' lines, fare pricing is based on zones instead of a flat boarding fee. In addition, being mainly commuter rail service, frequent service is generally only provided during rush hours, although Metra is known for its speed and reliability. The eleven lines (while there are eleven, the Metra Electric line has three different branches) connect into one of four different downtown stations: Union Pacific North, West, and Northwest arrive in the Richard B. Ogilvie Transportation Center (known more casually as the "Northwestern Station"); Milwaukee District North and West, North Central Service, Southwest Service, Burlington Northern, and Heritage Corridor converge in Union Station (along with being the nexus of Amtrak); the Rock Island Line arrives in the LaSalle Street Station; and the Metra Electric arrives in Millennium Station (formerly Randolph Street Terminal). The Richard B Ogilvie Transportation Center is a Passenger terminal in downtown Chicago Illinois, currently serving the three Commuter rail lines of Union Station is a Chicago Train station that opened in 1925 replacing an earlier 1881 station and is now the only Intercity rail terminal in Chicago LaSalle Street Station is a Commuter rail terminal located at 414 S Millennium Station (formerly Randolph Street Terminal; sometimes called Randolph Street Station or Randolph/South Water Street Station) is a major
The Metra Electric Line is Chicago's oldest continuing commuter train (1856), and shares the railway with the South Shore Line, operated by the Northwest Indiana Commuter Transit District ("NICTD"), which is a separate but analogous quasi-governmental entity from the RTA. History Chicago and Indiana Air Line Railway The oldest predecessor of the line was the Chicago and Indiana Air Line Railway, chartered on December 2 The South Shore Line is an interurban railroad that operates between Chicago and South Bend, Indiana. South Bend is a city on the St Joseph river and a twin city of Mishawaka Indiana. The State of Indiana ( was the 19th US state admitted into the union Like the Metra Electric Line, it arrives and departs from Millennium Station.
Pace operates a primarily-suburban bus service that also offers some routes into Chicago. During the heyday of Rail transportation in the first half of the Twentieth century, Chicago reigned as the undisputed railroad center of the United States Pace is the suburban bus division of the Regional Transportation Authority in the Chicago area
The CTA offers a trip planner on its web site that provides information for public transit in Chicago and surrounding areas. It is multi-modal, combining schedule information for buses, trains, and commuter rail. Riders enter their intended origin and destination, along with optional time, date, and other information, and the trip planner displays itineraries showing the stops, departure and arrival times, and times to get from the origin to the destination.
The City of Chicago offers free trolleys that serve the downtown area.  The "trolleys" are actually buses painted to look like historical streetcars. They run every 20 to 30 minutes and serve areas popular with tourists that don't have an El station, such as the Museum Campus, Navy Pier, and the Magnificent Mile. Museum Campus Chicago is a 57 acre (230850 m² lakefront park in Chicago that surrounds three of the city's most notable Museums all dedicated to the Natural Navy Pier is a long Pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan.
The free trolleys shouldn't be confused with the private-sector Chicago Trolley Company, which offers guided tours and charge fares. The Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Company, simply called Chicago Trolley Co They serve different routes but largely the same downtown area. Their vehicles are also buses rather than real trolleys.
Shoreline Sightseeing offers water taxi service along the Chicago River with stops at Navy Pier, Michigan Avenue and Adams Street. Navy Pier is a long Pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. They offer a separate route from Navy Pier to The Museum Campus. Museum Campus Chicago is a 57 acre (230850 m² lakefront park in Chicago that surrounds three of the city's most notable Museums all dedicated to the Natural Shoreline Sightseeing also offers architecture cruises departing from Navy Pier. 
Wendella Boats operates the Chicago Water Taxi which offers service along the Chicago River with stops at Michigan Avenue, Clark Street and Madison Street. On weekends, Chicago Water Taxi service extends to Ping Tom Park in Chinatown. Ping Tom Memorial Park is a 12 acre public Urban park in Chicago, Illinois near Chinatown Chicago, located at 19th Street and the South The Chinatown Neighborhood in Chicago Illinois, is on the near South Side (located in the Armour Square community area centered on Cermak and Wendella Boats also offers architecture cruises departing from Michigan Avenue.