Tuesday night Chicago was hit with its third heaviest recorded snowfall with 20.2 inches received at Oâ€™Hare according to the National Weather Service. Cars were stranded for up to 12 hours on Lake Shore Drive.
My Wednesday flight into Chicago was canceled. Yet today, one day post blizzard when Chicago area schools were still closed –I was able to get from Chicagoâ€™s Midway airport to downtown in about 20 minutes. The cost? Only two dollars and twenty-five cents.
How did this happen?
I rode the Chicago Transit Authorityâ€™s Orange Line â€œLâ€ train.
InÂ Wall Street JournalÂ article Wednesday,Â Chicago tied with Washington D.C. as the two worst US cities for traffic delays. Not counting blizzards. The article quoted a Texas Transportation Instituteâ€™s Urban Mobility Report, which indicated the average Chicago driver wastes 70 hours each year tied up in traffic jams.
Â The â€œLâ€ Train Beats the Traffic for Visitors to Chicago
One place that isnâ€™t jammed: getting downtown from either airport via the Chicago Transit Authorityâ€™s â€œLâ€ trains. For a $2.25 one way fare, travelers ride from Chicago Midway Airport on the Orange Line and are downtown in 20-25 minutes.
Â From Oâ€™Hare, the Blue Line â€œLâ€ takes about 45 minutes to get you downtown. Both lines run directly to their respective airports, which have signs to follow to directing passengers to the trains.
Details for Chicago Visitors from the CTA
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