Construction of the CTA orange line rapid transit to Midway Airport. Chicago Illinois. Early March 1989., a photo by Eddie from Chicago on Flickr.
I took this now historic photograph from the southwest side of Chicago, way back in early March of 1989.
We are facing east at South Pulaski Road at approximately West 51st Street, in Chicago's Archer Heights neighborhood.
After years of planning, the Chicago Transit Authority's much planned "Southwest Elevated" project to Midway Airport as it was known as then, was officially now under construction begining in early 1989.
This "New" rapid transit line, utilized the right of way of the recently abandoned Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad owned "Stockyards branch", which is viewed being torn up in the photograph at the South Pulaski Road railroad crossing, just immediately south of Curie High School.
During 1993, the Chicago Transit Authority officially began to color code their rapid transit system routes, with this line becoming the CTA orange line, upon the routes opening in November of 1993.