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Chicago Transit Authority

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The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is the operator of mass transit in Chicago, Illinois, United States, and some of its suburbs, including the trains of the Chicago "L" and CTA bus service. In 2022, the system had a ridership of 243,538,700, or about 851,400 per weekday as of the second quarter of 2023.

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Chicago Transit Authority
A CTA Red Line train exiting the State Street subway
ParentRegional Transportation Authority
FoundedOctober 1, 1947; 76 years ago (October 1, 1947)
Headquarters567 West Lake Street, West Loop, Chicago, Illinois
LocaleChicago, Illinois & Suburbs
Service typeBus and Rapid Transit
RoutesBus: 140, Rail: 8
FleetBus: 1,879, Rail: 1,190
Daily ridership
  • 851,400 (total, 2022)[1]
  • 484,400 (bus, 2022)
  • 367,000 (rail, 2022)
Annual ridership
  • 243,538,700 (total, 2022)[2]
  • 140,013,800 (bus, 2022)
  • 103,524,900 (rail, 2022)
Fuel typeDiesel, Diesel-electric hybrid, Electric-Drive Motor/Battery
Chief executiveDorval R. Carter Jr.[3]

The CTA is an Illinois independent governmental agency[4] that started operations on October 1, 1947, upon the purchase and combination of the transportation assets of the Chicago Rapid Transit Company and the Chicago Surface Lines streetcar system. In 1952, CTA purchased the assets of the Chicago Motor Coach Company, which was under the control of Yellow Cab Company founder John D. Hertz, resulting in a fully unified system. Today, the CTA is one of the three service boards financially supported by the Regional Transportation Authority and CTA service connects with the commuter rail Metra, and suburban bus and paratransit service, Pace.

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