Taken from inside a Brown Line train twenty years or so later than the previous photo
in the section, this view of the junction at Lake and Wells gives a good
feel for the track layout and transit patterns as they were in the
early 2000s. The "L" over Lake St. continues
west directly ahead.
Purple Line trains use the closer
cross track to leave the Loop northbound, and use
the farther switch from the right to join the Loop over Lake. (And thus
their two directions cross each other, at a point just out of view
to the right. Purple, Orange and Pink Lines cross their tracks
to navigate the Loop.)
Orange Line trains use the left-most switch to
move clockwise from the Wells portion of the Loop to that over Lake St.
The Brown Line uses the far cross track to enter the Loop; and the
switch on our track is set to move our train to the right, that
line's route out to Kimball.
In 2002 plans were announced for phased future construction and
service changes that will, if achieved, significantly affect traffic
at this junction. It will reduce the bottleneck, but -- but to
the transit lover it
is a threat. If fully realized will be a huge traffic improvement -- but it is a distant threat.