Bridges at Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) train stations over the tracks are becoming extinct. When the Belmont Brown/Red/Purple line station was rebuilt for the Brown Line Capacity Expansion project, the bridge at the south end was removed.
I took this photo in 2006 from the Belmont footbridge, not long before it was closed to passengers and then demolished.
Adams and Wabash, Brown/Pink/Green/Orange/Purple lines. Photo by Clark Maxwell.
Madison and Wabash, Brown/Pink/Green/Orange/Purple lines. Photo by Clark Maxwell.
View four more photos taken from CTA footbridges.
6 thoughts on “Grid Shots: The view from CTA bridges”
Many of the stations on the Green Line have footbridges, especially on the Lake Street Elevated. These are all new stations, so I don’t think they’re going anywhere, and there isn’t enough clearance for a mezzanine below the tracks but above the street. Even the new Morgan stop will have a pretty cool bridge.
Thank you for pointing that out. Now that I think about it, Ashland (Green/Pink) and California (Green) have footbridges. I’ve removed the statement saying that the remaining footbridges are in the Loop.
The Morgan (Green/Pink) station has a footbridge also, but it’s inclusion does not seem well-reasoned. Few people will need to make a transfer here, and the stations on both sides of Morgan have free transfers.
Yes, there’s a beautiful view of downtown from the bridge over the Ashland/Lake station.
Those footbridges offer some pretty cool views. I think they’re rather underappreciated. Thanks for sharing these pictures.
I collected some more photos into a small gallery.