Sprint CTA Holiday Bus

2015 Sprint CTA Holiday Bus

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About the bus

Day or night, the commutes of thousands will be made brighter when they see the Sprint CTA Holiday Bus -- a 60-foot bus bejeweled inside and out with hundreds of lights and holiday decorations -- as it travels throughout Chicago’s neighborhoods this holiday season! The bus was created by CTA bus personnel as a way to say “thank you” to customers and bring added cheer this holiday season.

The exterior wrap features “Ralphie the Reindeer” leading the way with his crimson nose aglow and Santa’s sleigh in tow. Strings of lights outline the bus and its windows, while Ralphie is brought to life with 3-D antlers atop the bus and a ruby light affixed to the front of the bus.  

The soft glow of multi-colored lights adds a warm touch to the interior of the bus as well as holiday-themed seating, candy-cane striping, artwork created by students from Wadsworth Elementary and elves on board handing out candy canes to all the good boys and girls.

In the very back of the bus is Santa’s den, which serves as the perfect setting for the scheduled photo sessions with Santa -- featuring a cozy fireplace, Santa’s armchair flanked with toy soldiers, decorated trees and oversized presents.


Where's Ralphie and Santa?

Customers are strongly encouraged to use the CTA Holiday Bus Tracker to track the whereabouts of Ralphie and Santa along the scheduled route:

Information on the location of the Sprint CTA Holiday Bus will only be available while it's in service on the dates and times listed below. 



The Sprint CTA Holiday Bus will travel nine CTA bus routes throughout the city between December 2-23 as part of regular service. Normal CTA fares apply.
The bus will generally operate from late morning through early evening on select weekdays and weekends (schedules for each route will vary), and will serve all posted stops along the respective routes.

Customers are encouraged to use the Holiday Bus Tracker for real-time bus arrival information. (see below for more details)

UPDATED 1:18PM 12/4/15


2015 Sprint CTA Holiday Bus Schedule
NOTE: schedule times are approximate and subject to change.



Departure and Photo Session Times

12/2 – Wed*

#29 State

Departs 95th/Dan Ryan at 12:30pm

Photos @ Navy Pier
(approx. 5:20pm – 6pm)

12/3 - Thu

#29 State

Departs 95th/Dan Ryan at 12:30pm

12/4 – Fri*

#62 Archer

Departs Midway at 2:10pm*

Photos at Midway
(approx. 6:30pm – 7:30pm)

12/5 – Sat

#62 Archer

Departs Midway at 12:45pm

12/6 – Sun*

#3 King Drive

Departs Ontario/Fairbanks at 1pm

Photos @ Chicago State University
(approx. 6:10pm –7 pm)

12/9 – Wed

#3 King Drive

Departs from CSU/95th at 12:30pm

12/10 – Thu*

#12 Roosevelt

Departs Central/Harrison at 1pm

Photos @ Central/Harrison
(approx. 4pm – 4:45pm)

12/11 – Fri

#12 Roosevelt

Departs Roosevelt/Kedzie at 1:30pm

12/12 – Sat*

#66 Chicago

Departs Chicago/Pulaski at 11:40am

Photos @Navy Pier
(approx. 4pm
– 5pm)

12/16 – Wed

#66 Chicago

Departs Chicago/Pulaski at 11:40am

12/17 – Thu*

#56 Milwaukee

Departs Madison/Wabash at 1pm

Photos @ Jefferson Park Terminal
(approx. 5:30pm – 6:30pm)

12/18 – Fri

#56 Milwaukee

Departs Jefferson Park Terminal at 12:45pm

12/19 – Sat*

#22 Clark

Departs Howard Terminal at 12:45pm

Photos @ Howard Bus Terminal
(approx. 6:30pm –7:30pm)

12/20 – Sun*

#97 Skokie

Departs Howard Terminal at 11:30am (to Old Orchard)

Photos @ Old Orchard Mall
(approx. 12:30pm –1:30pm)

#22 Clark

Departs Howard Terminal at 2:30pm

12/23 – Wed*

#49 Western

Departs 79th/Western at 12:30pm

Photos @ 79th/Western
(approx. 4:30pm – 5:30pm)

*Indicates scheduled date for photos with Santa






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