Chicago's 'L' Train Gets New Branch: The Pink Line

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The Chicago Transit Authority has picked the color pink for the name of a branch of the "L" train. So what does Chicago — home of the Bears, the Bulls and Mike Ditka — think of the "Pink Line"?


Say what you will about Chicago. There's no denying it's a tough town, the city of big shoulders, they like to say. So the folks down at the Chicago Transit Authority might want to watch their backs given the name they've picked for the new elevated trains they call the L. Those trains will now run on the Pink Line. Not salmon, not dusty rose or mauve. The Pink Line.

School kids were asked to send in suggestions for the new name. Silver, gold and pink were their choices. But it was the CTA that made the final selection. We got a small sampling of opinion on the matter from the streets of Chicago today.

Ms. ANDREA CORTEZ: Andrea Cortez. I think they could've come up with like a better color, maybe? Because it seems so childlike and I don't know, that's not what I associate the train with.

Mr. SHAWN DAVIS: Oh, it don't matter to me. I don't care if it's pink, brown, gray, long as it get me here before eight o'clock. Long as it be moving. I'm Shawn Davis.

Ms. COLLEEN FERRELL: I'm Ferrell, Colleen Ferrell. Pink is my favorite color. My blouse is pink, my nails are pink, my underwear's pink. It should be called the Pink Line. It's a beautiful thing.

Mr. JERRY ALVAREZ: There goes the neighborhood! Jerry Alvarez.

Ms. FERRELL: And Colleen, a firm believer in pink.

Mr. ALVAREZ: The color pink. It's not a manly color. Blue is a manly color. I won't be riding the Pink Line. The people look at me wrong. Wrong impression then.

NORRIS: People on the streets of Chicago, expressing their opinions about the CTA's Pink Line.

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