Thursday, June 21, 2018

#TBT: A streetcar named retire

Since we talked about streetcars (well a fatal accident involving a streetcar) on Wednesday, let's talk about the last time a streetcar ran in Chicago on this day in 1958. Today's post from CTA's official instagram account shows a streetcar with a sign "Last streetcar to run in Chicago". The caption mentions the 22 Clark making it's last run on Vincennes, presumably the the diagonal Vincennes south of 69th Street.

As it happens by 1958, the route along Wentworth & Vincennes became known as the 22A according to In 1976 the 22A going down Wentworth & Vincennes from downtown Chicago is now known as the 24 Wentworth. The 22 Clark was converted to buses in Sept. 1957.

Here's CTA ig post from today:

BTW, according to the ig post streetcar tracks are around the city although paved over. If you either walk by or drive near 95th and Michigan occasionally you might see an ancient streetcar tracks. You might have seen this over the course of this blog's 10 years.

Post from May 21, 2008
 Finally, just think there's a current light rail - a more modern name for the streetcar - proposal on the north side. Question to ask is whether or not transit starved areas of the south side can get some action as far as light rail. Especially in those areas that doesn't have ready access to the L.

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