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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.
|Parent||Regional Transportation Authority|
|Founded||October 1, 1947; 76 years ago (October 1, 1947)|
|Headquarters||567 West Lake Street, West Loop, Chicago, Illinois|
|Locale||Chicago, Illinois & Suburbs|
|Service type||Bus and Rapid Transit|
|Routes||Bus: 140, Rail: 8|
|Fleet||Bus: 1,879, Rail: 1,190|
|Fuel type||Diesel, Diesel-electric hybrid, Electric-Drive Motor/Battery|
|Chief executive||Dorval R. Carter Jr.|
The CTA is an Illinois independent governmental agency 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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