I love riding the Blue Line–for most of my life I was a Red Line and Purple Line gal, and this goes way back. I remember riding the old wooden L cars with wicker seats on the Evanston line (now the purple line) and buying my first pack of cigarettes at the concession stand in the Central Street station. When I was in junior high, my mother let me take the EL to the Art Institute by myself for my Saturday art class, something that I would never let my son do when he was that age.
Now I ride the Blue Line from O’Hare to the Loop, which is the very best way to get downtown from the airport–fast and cheap. It’s a new line for me, so instead of reading, I look out the window and catch the sights. I don’t live in Chicago anymore, I’m in Little Rock AR now, where the bus is the only public transportation. I drive everywhere, so riding the CTA is a treat.
So many new buildings, the 606, riding down the middle of the Kennedy Expressway watching the traffic. But the best part of the ride is the ART. The first time I rode the line, I just took it all in, on the third time, I decided to take pictures. But a problem–I filled up the card in my good camera, so I had to turn to my 3G iphone. Going to O’Hare from the Loop, I put the phone right up on the window, it did not let me down, the pictures were decent, and I had so much fun. I was heading home, looking forward to a short flight and dinner in the airport. I never expected that a ride on the CTA would be so good.
Mixed up with all the art was the tagging. There was plenty of it, sometimes it shared the space on a building with the art. I’m glad that the owners of the buildings allow the art on their buildings, it gives the city an interesting flavor and entertains the CTA riders on their way to and from work.