Commuting in Chicago: What Choice is Right for You?

by | May 17, 2019 | Law

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Getting Around Town

Chicago is a world-class city with many transportation options available. Depending on your specific situation, one mode of transportation may be preferable to another for getting around town. For instance, if you live close to work and you spend most of your time off here in the city, it may not make sense for you to own a car. It costs a good deal of money to purchase and maintain an automobile, not to mention insurance, gas, and parking fees.

There are many options available to those who prefer to remain car-less. The city has designated more than 100 miles of bike lanes, in addition to providing many miles of shared bike lanes along the city streets. However, if braving the elements and working up a sweat isn’t for you, you might want to take advantage of Chicago’s exceptional public transportation system. If this unfortunate reality has resulted in an injury to you or someone you love, you may want to discuss your options with an experienced auto accident attorney in Chicago, Illinois.

Public Transportation

The CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) operates the second largest public transportation system in the country. Not all of Chicago’s “L” trains are actually “elevated.” Nevertheless, they do operate between 144 rail stations distributed all over town via street-level, subway, and “elevated” trains. Two lines, the Blue Line, which connects O’Hare Airport with downtown, and the Red Line, which provides service between the South and North Sides, via downtown, operate 24 hours a day.

In addition to these usually efficient and convenient train lines, there are more than 100 bus routes crisscrossing the city. These buses stop every few blocks and several of these lines operate 24 hours a day.

If you live in the outlying suburbs and would prefer a root canal over driving to and from the city during rush hour, the high-speed Metra commuter rail line may be for you. This is an efficient and time-saving option for anyone who lives in the suburbs and works (or plays) downtown.

Taxis, Uber, and Lyft

For those who don’t want the hassle of owning a car, but prefer to travel in one, Chicago has almost 7,000 taxis operating within the city limits, in addition to an abundance of ridesharing participants. Simple to use, Uber, Lyft, and other companies offer a convenient and affordable alternative to driving. This is also a good option for anyone who wants to have a couple of cocktails or avoid the hassles of parking downtown when enjoying a night out.

Auto Accident Attorney in Chicago, IL at Shea Law Group

Whether you own and drive your own car, or utilize another form of transportation, there is always the chance you will be involved in an accident.

Reach out to our dedicated legal team at Shea Law Group today by calling (877)-365-0040 or by filling out a contact form online. There is absolutely no risk as we never charge a fee unless we win compensation for you.

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