CTA's new Holiday Bus joins Holiday Train for good commuting cheer

The CTA Holiday Train is a longtime and beloved tradition for commuters and families alike. There's really nothing quite like the surprise on people's faces when the Holiday Train comes rolling into the station.

Now the CTA wants to spread good cheer on Chicago bus routes with the Holiday Bus, guided by the red nose of "Ralphie the Reindeer." (It appears Rudolph didn't want to make the appearance.) A 60-foot bus will be bedecked with multicolored lights,  holiday-themed seating, candy-cane striping, artwork created by students from Mahalia Jackson Elementary and elves on board handing out candy canes to all the good boys and girls.

CTA Holiday Bus inside 2

CTA Holiday Bus outside 2

CTA Holiday Bus outside

CTA Holiday Bus inside

Here's the schedule, starting with #J14 Jeffery Jump on Dec. 2 and 3, running from about 1 to 8 p.m. Use CTA Bus Tracker to locate the whereabouts of the CTA Holiday Bus, which will be indicated with a candy cane next to its estimated arrival time.

Meanwhile, the CTA's Holiday Train will begin its run this Friday on the Green Line. The train will traverse all eight train lines before Christmas Day.

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  • I don't care what lies the CTA spews out, this foolishness costs the agency actual money & they're broke!
    Start the attacks, I don't care as the better ones are fun to read!

  • Bah. Humbug. You want to make me cheerful? Let's start by figuring out how to solve the bus bunching problem so I don't have to watch 3 buses roll past my stop while I'm stuck waiting for the traffic light on the other side, and then have to wait 10 minutes for the next one.

    Next, they can figure out how to set the heat on the trains. Look, when it's 50 degrees outside, and the trains are packed like sardine cans, we don't need the heat cranked to 90. OK?

    Only the CTA can manage to take a 25 minute commute, and turn it into 45 minutes of torture.

  • I secretly love to see the Holiday Train / Bus haters come out at this time of year!

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    I remember when Kruesi was called Scrooge for canceling the Holiday Train and it was said that it was mostly volunteer labor. If so, I don't have any problem with it, and if it is for collecting food for the needy, also o.k.

    I would be more concerned about the foamers who reportedly are having a set of 2400s redecorated as they were in apparently 1977-80, again, unless the charter pays the full freight.

  • I love the Christmas train and now the Christmas bus. I just can't imagine why they don't call it a "Christmas" train or bus. Oh yeah, we hate to offend anyone (Christians & white people are not allowed to be offfended!) My jewish friends by Christmas gifts and I'm guite sure most people do in the USA do ! Literally there is nothing on the train or bus that represents Thanksgiving or New Years which is the only valid reason to lump it all together and call it a "holiday" something. Short of that idiocy I love it !

  • In reply to IowaDave:

    Now changing batteries in my keyboard! Wish there were an EDIT button on here, my post looks terrible.

  • In reply to IowaDave:

    'Still waiting for the Saturnalia Bus, and the Festivus Bus.

  • In reply to SpinyNorman:

    At least the Chanukah bus and whatever reason the crescent has to go up in Daley Plaza.

    I sort of wondered about going into a Korean coffee shop tonight and hearing a bunch of sappy Christmas music. I would have rather heard K-Pop with real K Girl Groups.

    But, Spiny, I think there was the ritual burning of the pagan solstice bus about a week ago. That little event cost CTA about $940,000.

  • In reply to jack:

    Lol. Love me some KPop. Hyuna is a dream girl. Bubble Pop!

    Are you sure the bus burning wasn't the rabble-rousing Wiccans? They're always burning sh*t and giving pagans a bad name. D*mn witches should be thrown into a pond.

  • In reply to SpinyNorman:

    Sort of like Aykroyd's Nixon soliloquy, apparently Wiccans are Pagans, but Pagans aren't all Wiccans. I'm not going to do more work to find out if it was the Wiccans, Druids, or whatever, although I was more thinking along the lines of Druids.

    I've seen the K-Pop on TV (mostly channel 24.7), but haven't picked up on the individual artists. I do understand some Korean words, such as Dempster, Schaumburg, Pfingsten, Nature Golf, and Assi Market.

    Also, this coffee shop sells bagels, lox and avocado, and gelato, so maybe that's where people in South Korea go when they want to eat occidental food (the chain says it franchises here from Korea).

  • In reply to IowaDave:

    Wow, congratulations Dave... You win the jackass comment of the year award. Just because you're an out of touch white dude who thinks that everyone in the U.S. is either Christian or Jewish, doesn't mean you need to share your ignorance with the world. Though I doubt you'll ever reach enlightenment, so in the meantime enjoy your holiday bus and shut up.

  • In reply to JChris:

    Geez, J, you're really sensitive about other folks' feelings, too.

  • In reply to JChris:

    Also, if JChris thinks Santa* is Jewish, I suggest that he look at this.

    BTW, I know people named Silverman, Moskovitz, and Weiss.
    *Since the names are either Holiday Train or Santa Express.

  • In reply to IowaDave:

    It has to do with separation between church and state. This shouldn't be so hard to figure out.

  • Considering that Forrest Claypool looks like an elf it quite fitting.

  • Yes, the Holiday Train really is clever, impressive, and fun. And why should we have to be serious all the time just because problems exist? For all I chime in about the out of touch attitudes and unfathomable behavior of some of the people running the CTA, there are things like the Holiday Train to remind us that not everyone working there is without a clue, a thinking cap, or honest intentions toward serving the public.

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