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“CTA - A world Class Transport System”

Chicago Transit Authority - CTA
Ranked #56 of 643 things to do in Chicago
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operates the nation's second largest public transportation system and covers the City of Chicago and 35 surrounding suburbs. On an average weekday, approximately 1.6 million rides are taken on the CTA. The CTA is an independent governmental agency created by state legislation. We began operating on October 1, 1947, after acquiring the properties of the Chicago Rapid Transit Company and the Chicago Surface Lines. On October 1, 1952, CTA became the sole operator of Chicago transit when it purchased the Chicago Motor Coach system. Our mission “We deliver quality, affordable transit services that link people, jobs and communities.”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

The Chicago Transit Authority otherwise known as CTA is a real life saver. Once your are in the Chicago Loop you are in good hands should you wish to move around the city.Efficient, on-time and really friendly helpful bus drivers. Especially with visitors.

Whilst you may find car hire reasonably cheap at the airport, just wait until you get downtown and want overnite or hourly parking. Try coughing up $35 -$40 per nite. Insane.

Instead grab a shuttle from the airport and then once in The Loop, make use of CTA's extensive fleet of bus and trains. You'll see the city better and meet tons of great people and save heaps of money which you can spend on the great food.I don't usually ride buses but this city has made it a fine art.

Chicago car hire you have seen the last of me.

Well done Chicago....A great service. Thank you.

Thank Greg S
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

Parking in Chicago is ridiculous. Here in Minneapolis I cringe if I have to pay $15 or more. In Chicago, you're lucky if you can get off with $20, and sometimes MUCH more. And that includes many hotels- some that charge $50 a night just to park your car.

So we found a place off of the orange line within walking distance to a station. It cost a fraction of the downtown hotels and had free parking. We then bought an unlimited 7-day pass for everyone in the family. After that, all I had to do was use Google Maps on my iPhone to calculate multiple routes via transit to our destination, and have everyone swipe their card. No more fees, no driving hassles. You can even get apps that tell you down to the minute when your train or bus will be at the station (never did we wait for more than 10 minutes, and that was for a bus fairly late in the evening). And never did we have a route that was more than one transfer (either train to train or train to bus).

As far as safety goes, never did we feel even remotely uncomfortable, and that included staying out in the late evening a few nights.

As a bonus, our kids loved riding the "L" and the busses.

Nice job, Chicago.

1  Thank Rehcsif
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

The traffic in Chicago is horrible so even though there are many stops along the way, this is a better option. For $2.25 a person the price cannot be beat. The ride takes about 45-60 minutes and the cars are air conditioned nicely and clean. Safety was never a concern for us. The train stop is located right inside the airport and there are ticket machines that accept cash and credit cards. They also offer passes which are a better deal if you will be in town for several days and riding often.

1  Thank Traveler J
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

Got the 24-hr "1-Day Fun Pass" from the automated machine at O'Hare for $10 per person. You get unlimited rides for a period of 24 hours. Pass cannot be used on the same bus or at the same rail station in any given 30 minute period [I guess this is so that people don't pass it around].

My wife and I used CTA metros around 6 times (Blue, Red and Orange) and found the carriages we were on relatively clean and tidy with comfortable seats.

Thank Manu_MJ
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

45 minutes or so on the BLUE line from O'Hare airport and you are in downtown Chicago! If you are travelling with carry-on luggage, this is definitely the way to go. You can't beat the price! Trains are also air conditioned :) Purchase and load a transit card at the airport and add to it as you go. You can also opt to purchase a 1, 3 or 7 day pass if you think you will be using transit a lot during your stay. I spent most of the time walking from place to place so just loaded my card as necessary. Very easy and efficient. FYI: you have 2 hours to get back on the subway without being charged a second time. Love it!

Thank travelling_monkey
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