Posts tagged "CTA"

CTA's Holiday Bus to finish its run on four North Side routes

This month I have spilled plenty of “digital ink” keeping you posted on the whereabouts of the CTA’s Holiday Train. But I have only written once about the brand-new Holiday Bus. With just about a week to go before Christmas, that has to change. After spending the first two weeks of December on the South... Read more »

Days are dwindling for CTA Holiday Train: Red, Purple, Yellow lines await visit

With Christmas just 10 days away, your chances to see and ride the CTA Holiday Train are diminishing – but still good! The CTA’s popular bedecked Holiday Train, with Santa seated on his throne in the middle of an open car, will hit the rails on seven of the next eight days, including four separate... Read more »

Santa will ride the Blue Line on CTA Holiday Train this weekend

Santa Claus will travel the Blue Line beginning today through Saturday on the CTA’s Holiday Train. Here’s the schedule for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. And Saturday is a special photo day for kids and parents to have their photos taken with Santa on the Holiday Train. Santa will make a special photo appearance at 54th/Harlem... Read more »
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Chicagoans wait 31 minutes per day for public transit

If it feels like you’re waiting a long time for that train or bus to come – you are! But not quite as long as fellow commuters in Los Angeles and Boston. Chicagoans spend an average of 31 minutes waiting for public transit, and a total of almost two hours per day on their commute,... Read more »

CTA Holiday Train begins 2-day run on Pink Line

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The CTA’s venerable Holiday Train begins a short two-day run on the Pink Line today and Wednesday. On Tuesday afternoon, the first trip leaves 54th/Cermak at about 2:40 p.m., hitting the Loop at around 3:10. The last Tuesday “sleigh ride” departs 54th/Cermak at around 4:15 p.m. It will arrive at Clark/Lake at about 4:40 p.m.... Read more »

Construction formally begins on $203 million CTA Wilson Red Line station

Though demolition for the new CTA Wilson Red Line station began in October, today was the official groundbreaking, presided over by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Under the $203 million project, the station will feature two island platforms to allow cross-platform transfers between Red Line and Purple Line Express service – making Wilson the only transfer station... Read more »
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Don't fall victim to CTA Shell Game scam

Tis the season to be jolly, spend money – and get taken by the CTA Shell Game operators. And I saw it happening again Tuesday on the CTA Red Line. The gregarious African-American guy boards at Fullerton with his board. (And yes, I have only seen black guys shill for the Shell Game.) He sits... Read more »

Orange and Brown lines: next stop for CTA Holiday Train

The CTA’s Holiday Train is riding on the Orange and Brown lines through the rest of this week, starting today. Here’s the schedule for Wednesday and Friday. On Thursday, the train starts from the Midway Orange Line station at 3:53 p.m. and travels through the Loop at around 4:20 before heading north on the Brown... Read more »

Run Like L to get CTA holiday gifts

For all you rabid CTA fans looking for that perfect Hanukkah or Christmas gift this season, look no further than CTAgifts.com. I mean, where else can you buy a retro CTA messenger bag? Or a black on silver CTA Metro Cuff – a favorite of Mrs. Tattler. And then there’s the popular CTA Rail Map... Read more »
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CTA Holiday Train debuts on Green Line this weekend

Want to start off Black Friday with the CTA’s venerable Holiday Train? Head to the Green Line. Well, the Holiday Train actually starts from the Midway yard on the Orange Line at 3:07 p.m. Friday and then follows the Green Line route from Roosevelt to Harlem. Check the schedule for Friday. Saturday begins with a... Read more »