CTA, Metra Holiday Trains and Buses Are Officially Running. Here’s When and Where to Catch Your Ride

CTA, Metra Holiday Trains and Buses Are Officially Running. Here's When and Where to Catch Your Ride

The holiday season is officially here, and the CTA is helping Chicagoans get into the wintertime spirit with a longtime tradition.

The Allstate CTA Holiday Fleet began its yearly voyage on the Green Line on Friday, where it will continue to operate on Saturday and Tuesday.

The holiday train features numerous LED lights and signs throughout, with Santa and his reindeer joining commuters for the ride as well.

The holiday bus will begin service on Tuesday on the #56 Milwaukee route, the first of 16 routes the holiday bus will traverse this holiday season.

Additionally, all eight CTA rail lines will be served by the celebratory fleet.

Here’s a look at when and where the CTA holiday train and bus will run this holiday season:

CTA Holiday Train Schedule:

  • Nov. 25: Green Line
  • Nov. 26: Green Line
  • Nov. 29: Green Line
  • Nov. 30: Orange, Brown Lines
  • Dec. 1: Orange, Brown Lines
  • Dec. 2: Orange, Brown Lines
  • Dec. 3: Orange, Brown Lines
  • Dec. 6: Red Line
  • Dec. 7: Purple Line
  • Dec. 8: Red Line
  • Dec. 9: Purple Line
  • Dec. 10: Red Line
  • Dec. 13: Pink Line
  • Dec. 14: Pink Line
  • Dec. 15: Blue Line
  • Dec. 16: Blue Line
  • Dec. 17: Blue Line
  • Dec. 19: Yellow Line

CTA Holiday Bus Schedule:

Beginning Nov. 29, the CTA Holiday Bus will travel through these 16 routes:

  • #56 Milwaukee: Nov. 29, 30
  • #91 Austin: Dec. 1
  • #92 Foster: Dec. 1
  • #22 Clark: Dec. 2
  • #97 Skokie: Dec. 3
  • #74 Fullerton: Dec. 6
  • #66 Chicago: Dec. 7, Dec. 8
  • #126 Jackson: Dec. 9
  • #12 Roosevelt: Dec. 10
  • #62 Archer: Dec. 13
  • #49 Western, #X49 Western Express: Dec. 14, Dec. 15
  • #3 King Drive: Dec. 16, Dec. 17
  • #79 79th: Dec. 20
  • #28 Stony Island: Dec. 21
  • #29 State: Dec. 22
  • #J14 Jeffrey Jump: Dec. 23

The CTA isn’t the only festive train rolling through the city, though. Metra will carry out its holiday rides on its Electric Line for three Saturdays this season: Dec. 3, 10 and 17.

Both Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will accompany riders to downtown Chicago where they’ll encounter a “winter wonderland” at Millennium Station, according to the transit agency.

Here’s a look at when and where the Metra holiday train will run this holiday season:

Metra Holiday Train Schedule:

Inbound

University Park  11:00 a.m.
Richton Park       11:03 a.m
211th Street 11:08 a.m.
Flossmoor  11:13 a.m
Homewood 11:15 a.m.
Calumet 11:17 a.m.
Harvey 11:22 a.m
115th/Kensington 11:32 a.m.
55th/56th/57th  11:42 a.m.
51st/53rd   11:44 a.m
Museum Campus  11:53 a.m
Millennium Station 11:58 a.m

Outbound

Millennium      2:15 p.m.
Museum Campus 2:20 p.m.
51st/53rd 2:29 p.m.
55th/56th/57th 2:31 p.m.
115th/Kensington  2:41 p.m.
Harvey   2:50 p.m.
Calumet 2:55 p.m.
Homewood  2:57 p.m.
Flossmoor  2:59 p.m.
211th Street  3:03 p.m.
Richton Park  3:08 p.m.
University Park  3:15 p.m.

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