Yellow Line (CTA)

Rapid transit line in Chicago, Illinois

The Yellow Line, formerly known as the Skokie Swift, is part of the Chicago Transit Authority's "L" system in Chicago, Illinois. The 5.1-mile (8.2 km) route runs from the Howard Terminal on the north side of Chicago, through the southern part of Evanston and to the Dempster Terminal in Skokie, Illinois, making one intermediate stop at Oakton Street in Skokie.

Yellow Line
Four Cars at Oakton Curve.jpg
A Yellow Line train of 5000-series cars.
LocaleChicago and Skokie, Illinois, U.S.
TypeRapid transit
SystemChicago "L"
Operator(s)Chicago Transit Authority
Rolling stock5000-series
Daily ridership7,063
(avg. weekday September 2012)
OpenedMarch 28, 1925
ClosedMarch 27, 1948
ReopenedApril 20, 1964
Line length5.1 mi (8.2 km)
CharacterElevated, open cut, and grade level
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
ElectrificationThird rail, 600 V DC

At Howard, Yellow Line passengers can transfer to the Purple or Red Lines of the CTA. The Yellow Line is the only CTA line that does not go to Chicago Loop.

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