By John Dodge
CHICAGO (CBS) — For the first time, the CTA is offering front-seat views of its rail lines.READ MORE: Good Samaritan's Car Stolen As He Helps Victims Of Three-Car Crash
Shot in HD from the train operator’s point of view, the videos take viewers on a ride they have never seen before.
The CTA says it has shot HD videos of all the lines, but the first ones posted on You Tube show the ride along the Red Line in both directions.
The videos are nine minutes long–an actual ride takes about an hour.READ MORE: Security Guard Shoots Man Who Pulled Gun When Asked To Pay For Snacks At Englewood Gas Station
Some of the highlights include the train speeding past both Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field.
When the train barrels into the subway, a viewer feels as if they are transported into a science fiction movie or a ride on Disney World’s Space Mountain, hurtling through a tube below the city.
The video takes on a NASCAR feel as the train seems to be racing the cars on the Dan Ryan. Those higher speeds were made possible after the tracks between Chinatown and 95th Street were rebuilt.
The CTA has more than 224 miles of railroad tracks across Chicago and surrounding suburbs, serving the agency’s eight rail lines.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Hot Weekend With Storms For Father's Day
In an average weekday, the CTA says there are about 2,200 train trips making stops at 145 rail stations.