Newbie Nugget: Public Transportation

During the five years we lived in Chattanooga I would often say, "Someday I'd love to live in a city with a killer public transportation system so we could sell a car and not have to deal with all of the hassle." 

Every once in awhile, usually while I'm riding the train and looking out at a view like this, I pinch myself. I can't believe that my dream has actually come true.

View from the Green line

Chicago has a world class public transportation system, the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority). With all of the buses and trains available, navigating the city incredibly simple. I'm not the only one who thinks so. 

Did you know... On an average weekday 1.7 million rides are taken on the CTA.

This is nothing new. Chicago has been a leader in public transportation for hundreds of years. In the 1880s Chicago had the largest cable car system in the world with more than 3500 cable cars, even more than San Francisco. 

I picked up both of those facts on signs hanging in the bus.

CTA - empty bus

In other CTA news, we had a bus all to ourselves a few days ago. Seriously. There was not one other person on board. It was super cool. 

Got any cool public transportation stories of your own to share?