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CTA Holiday Train, Bus Return For 'The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year'

November 16, 2018 - 9:38 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- It's the most wonderful time of the year, because the CTA Holiday Train and CTA Holiday Bus are coming back!

The Chicago Transit Authority announced Friday that the ever-popular Allstate CTA Holiday Train and Allstate CTA Holiday Bus are returning in the coming weeks for another year. 

“The Allstate CTA Holiday Train and Bus have become a beloved Chicago tradition that thousands look forward to each winter season,” said CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. in a statement.“We are happy to be able to bring out our Allstate CTA Holiday Fleet to spread the holiday cheer to our valued customers of all ages.”

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The six-car holiday train begins service on Friday, Nov. 23, with Santa and his reindeer. Plus, new this year the train will have a red interior floor, colorful LED signage displays and more overall lights than ever before. The Holiday Train also features the not-to-miss, fan favorite: an open, flatbed car carrying Santa and his sleigh. 

But the holiday train is not the only festive train in service. On Saturdays, guests can also board the CTA Elves’ Workshop Train. The elves train was added to the CTA Holiday Fleet in 2016 and runs behind the Holiday Train on Saturdays. It is decorated with thousands of colorful lights, garlands, bows and festive winter scenes. 

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And if you prefer to ride the bus, there is still a chance to be festive!

The Holiday Bus has an exterior wrap featuring “Ralphie the Reindeer” leading the way. Inside of the bus features hundreds of twinkling lights and artwork created by students at Foster Park Fine & Performing Arts Magnet Cluster School. There will also be garland, bows, candy cane striping, holiday-themed seating, and Mr. and Mrs. Claus’ home, featuring a fireplace, for photos with Santa.

As it has for years, the Holiday Bus will make its public debut by rolling in the Magnificent Mile Festival of Lights Parade on Saturday, Nov. 17. It will officially operate on various routes, beginning Tuesday, Nov. 27.

The Holiday Train runs on all eight CTA rail lines, while the Holiday Bus will run on 16 bus routes throughout the city. Riders can find the Allstate CTA Holiday Train, using CTA Train Tracker at: transitchicago.com/traintracker and Holiday Bus at transitchicago.com/holidaybustracker. Full schedules and more information is available on the CTA website, transitchicago.com/holiday or below.

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