The January rain is over, and the sun is out early on a Monday
morning in this view. As the Brown and peak-hour Purple Line trains twist
through the near North Side they pass along what was once a
four-track right of way. The State St. subway, which opened in 1943, and
the demise of the North Shore
interurban two decades or so later, reduced traffic to the point where
only two tracks were needed.
This stretch remains full of artifacts and is replete with residue from the past.
North of here the Red Line joins from its
four active tracks continue for miles up to Howard St.