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.
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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