Destination Loop  Chicago area rapid transit By Brian Cudahy 1982 Hard Cover
Destination Loop  Chicago area rapid transit By Brian Cudahy 1982 Hard Cover
Destination Loop  Chicago area rapid transit By Brian Cudahy 1982 Hard Cover
Destination Loop  Chicago area rapid transit By Brian Cudahy 1982 Hard Cover
Destination Loop  Chicago area rapid transit By Brian Cudahy 1982 Hard Cover
Destination Loop  Chicago area rapid transit By Brian Cudahy 1982 Hard Cover

Destination Loop Chicago area rapid transit By Brian Cudahy 1982 Hard Cover

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Destination Loop Chicago area rapid transit By Brian Cudahy 1982 Hard Cover
 
Destination Loop  Chicago area rapid transit By Brian Cudahy FIRST EDITION, copyright 1982 Hard Cover 139 pages indexed First Edition
"Loop" with a capital L has long been synonymous with "downtown Chicago." The name has staying power. In spite of civic and political pressures to yield to a subway system, the Loop coexists with subways and is the last such rapid transit line to serve the downtown area of any U.S. city.
This complete history details the building of the South Side line, and tells the early, sordid history of the Lake Street line whose franchise was owned by racketeer "King Mike" McDonald, and was marked with a history of bribes, indictments, kickbacks, and payoffs. Author Cudahy chronicles the building of the Loop, and the struggle to get around the Adams Law which stipulated that builders of elevated tracks must have the signed approval of a majority of involved property owners. He recounts the fortunes and misfortunes of the four independently owned transit lines that culminated, by 1897, in
the Union Loop ... built by Charles Tyson Yerkes who had the vision, political savvy, and financial clout to bring it about. Yerkes, who said he liked to "buy up junk, fix it up a little, and sell it to other fellows," left the city by request, and Samuel Insull, president of a struggling Chicago utility, became the rapid transit magnate who attempted unsuccessfully to unify all Chicago mass transit. Insull, one of the city's most controversial wheelers and dealers, joins others whose wily careers are described here.
Eventually the trains were electrified, lines expanded to outlying areas permitting the growth of suburbs, new equipment purchased, and the Chicago Transit Authority came into being.
DESTINATION LOOP describes all the political maneuvering and financial woes; the 6000 series cars with instant-response mobility and multiple-unit controls; the little-known narrow-gauge freight tunnels that operated for half a century until superhighways and the trucking industry made them redundant. It provides the full story of the Interurbans, the railway stations, the small boats that carry commuters between the North Western depot and downtown from April to November; the coming of Amtrak and its influence on commuter railroads.
In 1938, politicians began agitating for subways to replace the L. Subways came, but the Loop remains. As recently as 1979, Mayor Jane Byrne and Illinois Governor James Thompson agreed that the Loop should be retained and improved. After years of turmoil and struggle, it has cheated the hangman once more. Can it continue to do so? Whether it does or not, its fascinating history is captured here.
Includes 85 photographs, maps, track plans, scale drawings of modern L cars.

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