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The Loop - Chicago

Detroit has the People Mover as a prominent public transport system in downtown city.
Chicago has "the Loop" as eye-catching public transportation in the centre of the city.
The Loop is 90 years older than the People Mover and that can clearly be seen in the construction and the stations.
The Loop (historically Union Loop) is a 2.88 km long circuit of elevated rail that forms the hub of the Chicago "L" system.
L-train or even shorter L is the common name for the Chicagoans for this elevated train.
The elevated tracks run around a rectangle formed by Lake Street (north side), Wabash Avenue (east), Van Buren Street (south), and Wells Street (west).
The district within the circuit has been given the same name.
The Loop includes eight stations: Clark / Lake and State / Lake are on the northern leg; Washington / Wabash and Adams / Wabash are on the eastern side; Harold Washington Library - State / Van Buren and LaSalle / Van Buren are on the southern leg; and Quincy and Washington / Wells are on the western side.
Due to the limitations in the construction of the Loop, the trains had to be able to take curves with a diameter of less than 30 meters. The train design should therefore consist of a number of short sections.
The Loop has with more than 20.000.000 passengers annual, 10 times more travellers than the People Mover in Detroit.

■ Picture 1: ◄ Looking North from Washington/Wabash Station ►
■ Picture 2: ◄ Taking the Turn - Ø 30 meter ►
■ Picture 3: ◄ Waiting on Washington/Wabash Station ►

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