Under Downtown, Red Line

Chicago's two subway routes carry the Red Line and the Blue Line under adjacent streets north-south through downtown.  This scene is along the Red Line, the older of the two, which opened during the Second World War.  A long continuous platform connects the four stations under State St. downtown: Lake, Washington, Jackson and Monroe.   The subway is showing its age, and it presents rather little down below in the way of ornamentation, art or appeal. 

Service has changed from time to time for the State St. subway, with dramatic revisions made in 1993.  It now connects the Dan Ryan Expy. route from the south with service to the north up to Howard.  These are the two busiest segments along the CTA. 

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