A Plan for a Unified Transportation System for Chicago

The CTA 20 years before it became a reality.

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“Gentlemen: For at least a decade it has been agreed generally that Chicago needs a unified local transportation service, including subways and rapid transit lines, surface lines and buses, operating on the ultimate basis of one fare and planned with a view to the unlimited future development of the metropolis.” [Henry Blair, introduction]

As president of the Chicago Surface Lines, Henry Blair had a vested interest in the expansion and improvement of the city’s transportation services. He spearheaded the creation of a proposed transit plan, covered here in a 1927 publication issued for Mayor William Denver and members of the Chicago City Council.

Its thirty-two pages include recommendations on the construction of subway lines, elevated rail expansion, free transfers, construction diagrams, and financial data. Three folding maps in the back show the various updates broken into their respective phases of construction.

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Publication Date: 1927

Author: Henry Blair

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Condition: A

Condition Description: 32 pp. booklet, 8.5" x 11", with stapled binding and textured stiff paper covers. Creased corners and the contents are a bit loose, but generally quite good. Includes three fold out maps, each measuring approximately 19.5" x 10.75".

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