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It’s Time to Ride the CTA Holiday Trains!

By Urbanmatter Chicago @UMatterChicago

Make your daily commute just a little more festive

Photo Credit: Transit Chicago

Photo Credit: Transit Chicago

Season’s greetings from the Chicago Transit Authority!

What began as a simple holiday-sign on the Blue Line in 1992, this year marks the 26th anniversary of the CTA holiday train. Starting this Friday, November 24th, all eight lines of Chicago’s public transportation system will have one, six-car train decorated for the season, featuring thousands of Christmas lights, Santa paintings, snowflakes, ribbons, candy canes, and yes, even a few cheery, Christmas elves.

For those of you who prefer the road, there will also be a holiday-themed CTA bus picking up passengers throughout the city – a tradition that began three years ago.

In addition to providing some much needed holiday-cheer, the spruced up trains and busses will also be delivering boxes of food and donations across the city.

Don’t miss your chance to add a little holiday spirit to your Chicago commutes! The CTA holiday bus and trains will operate until December 23. Check out the complete schedule below!

Holiday Bus

Tuesday 11/28 –#56 Milwaukee

Wednesday 11/29 – #56 Milwaukee (photo day)

Thursday 11/30 – #92 Foster, #91 Austin

Friday 12/1 – #22 Clark (photo day)

Saturday 12/2 – #22 Clark/#97 Skokie (photo day)

Tuesday 12/5 – #66 Chicago (photo day)

Wednesday 12/6 – #66 Chicago

Thursday 12/7 – #126 Jackson (photo day)

Friday 12/8 – #12 Roosevelt (photo day)

Saturday 12/9 –#12 Roosevelt

Wednesday 12/13 – #29 State (photo day)

Thursday 12/14 – #29 State

Friday 12/15 – #28 Stony Island (photo day)

Saturday 12/16 – #62 Archer (photo day)

Sunday 12/17 –#62 Archer

Wednesday 12/20 –#X49 Western Exp. (photo day)

Thursday 12/21 – #79 79th (photo day)

Friday 12/22 –#3 King Drive

Saturday 12/23 –#3 King Drive (photo day)

Holiday Train

* = Elves’ workshop train will follow

Saturday 11/18 – Red Line

Friday 11/24 –Green Line & Orange Line

Saturday 11/25* – Green Line (photo day)

Tuesday 11/28 – Green Line & Orange Line

Wednesday 11/29 – Orange Line & Brown Line

Thursday 11/30 – Orange Line & Brown Line

Friday 12/1 – Orange Line & Brown Line (photo day)

Saturday 12/2* – Orange Line & Brown Line (photo day)

Tuesday 12/5 – Pink Line

Wednesday 12/6 – Pink Line

Thursday 12/7 – Blue Line

Friday 12/8 –Blue Line (photo day)

Saturday 12/9 * – Blue Line (+ photo-only stop on Pink Line)

Tuesday 12/12 – Red Line

Wednesday 12/13 –Purple Line

Thursday 12/14 –Red Line

Friday 2/15 – Purple Line 1

Saturday 12/16*–Red Line & Purple Line (photo day)

Thursday 12/21 –Purple Line

Friday 12/22 –Yellow Line

Source: CTA


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