Chicago L Lines Get a Color Upgrade on Google Maps

March 26, 2013

Chicago transitGood news for seasoned Chicago residents and visitors alike, you can now see all of the Chicago L Lines in their city colors on Google Maps. This enhancement is already in place for the rail lines of New York, London and Paris, and thanks to the hard work of one Champaign resident, the Windy City’s transportation system is now more authentically displayed too.

Rather than the traditional bluish color that Google Maps defaults to, users can now use the maps to easily tell where different lines go, which will make finding new homes in Chicago near mass transportation easier than ever!

This good news come amid the struggles of the Chicago Transit Authority, which is changing over to the new Ventra card system. Starting this summer, the new charge for non-Ventra users will be $3 for a disposable single-ride paper ticket, up from $2.25. Officials claim that the price hike will help offset the cost of individual paper tickets, and is mostly aimed toward tourists and infrequent rail riders. Additionally, the CTA is increasing the cost of the U Pass, a discounted pass for college students.

To see the new colorized map for yourself, all you have to do is go to Google Maps and turn on the “Transit” overlay.

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