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Brown Line
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A Brown Line train of 3200 series cars.
Overview
Status Operational
Locale Chicago, Illinois, United States
Termini Kimball
The Loop, Belmont
Stations 27
Service
Type Rapid transit
System Chicago "L"
Operator(s) Chicago Transit Authority
Rolling stock 3200-series
Daily ridership 101,881 (avg. weekday in 2011)
History
Opened August 1, 1949 (Current operation)
Technical
Line length 11.4 mi (18.3 km)
Character Elevated and Street Level
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Minimum radius 90 feet (27 m)
Electrification Third rail, 600 V DC

The Brown Line (or the Ravenswood Line) of the Chicago "L" system, is an 11.4-mile (18.3 km) route with 27 stations between Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood and downtown Chicago. It runs completely above ground and is almost entirely grade-separated. It is the third busiest 'L' route, with an average of 101,881 passengers boarding each weekday in 2011.

The Brown Line operates to the Loop weekdays and Saturdays from 4:00 am to 1:30 am and on Sundays from 5:00 am to 1:30 am. The Brown Line Shuttle service, running only between Kimball and Belmont, runs from 4:00 am to 2:20 am on weekdays and Saturdays, and 5:00 am to 2:00 am on Sundays. At Belmont, southbound riders can transfer to the 24-hour Red Line.

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