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Chicago Transit Authority

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operates the nation’s second largest public transportation system. On an average weekday, 1.7 million rides are taken on CTA. The CTA is a regional transit system that serves 35 suburbs, in addition to the City of Chicago, and provides 83 percent of the public transit trips in the six-county Chicago metropolitan area either with direct service or connecting service to Metra and Pace.

CTA has 1,865 buses that operate over 128** routes and 1,354 route miles. Buses make about 19,000 trips a day and serve 11,104 bus stops.

On the rapid transit system, CTA’s 1,356 rail cars operate over eight routes and 224.1 miles of track. CTA trains make about 2,250 trips each day and serve 146 stations.

Chicago is one of the few cities in the world that has rail service to two major airports. CTA’s Blue Line ‘L’ can take customers to O’Hare International Airport. Orange Line trains, which operate clockwise on the Loop ‘L’ structure, travel to Midway Airport.

CTA also provides around-the-clock service on certain routes. During late night and early morning hours, major rail lines and some of CTA’s bus routes offer “Night Owl” service, much of it with connecting schedules and routing.
Our Values
We will accomplish our mission with a diverse workforce that is:
  • Courteous - We will create a pleasant environment for ourselves and our customers.
  • Innovative - We will seek out and encourage employees who initiate change, improvement, learning and advancement of our goals.
  • Motivated - We will meet each task with spirit, enthusiasm and a sense of pride to be second to none.
  • Professional - We will provide transit service with the highest standards of quality and safety for our customers and ourselves.
  • Reliable - We will be dependable for our customers and fellow employees, and will maintain the highest standards of trust.
  • Results-Oriented - We will focus on getting the job done and will derive personal satisfaction from the service we provide.
Thank you for being interested in coming to work for the Chicago Transit Authority! CTA offers an exciting, diverse and rewarding work environment where you'll be a part of moving hundreds of millions of people per year, safely and reliably, through Chicago and dozens of neighboring communities.

In fact, our mission is to "deliver quality, affordable transit services that link people, jobs and communities."