December 10, 2004

A holiday tradition will continue this year at the Chicago Transit Authority. The CTA Holiday Train will make its debut Saturday, December 11, spreading holiday cheer to CTA customers.

Now in its 13th year, the six-car train is decorated with thousands of multi-colored lights and features a flat car in the middle that carries Santa and his reindeer. Car interiors are decked out with bows, garland, red and green lighting, and hand poles wrapped to look like candy canes.

Debuting this weekend on the Red and Purple Lines, the Holiday Train will travel various CTA rail lines in December as part of regular rail service. There is no additional fare required to board.

The train will run between approximately 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. on weekends and 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on weekdays (schedules for each individual line will vary), and will make stops at all stations along the respective routes:

December 11 Red and Purple Lines

December 12 Brown and Orange Lines

December 13 Green Line

December 17 Brown and Orange Lines

December 18 Green Line

December 19 Blue Line

December 20 Blue Line

December 23 Red Line

For more specific information on dates and times, call 836-7000 (any local area code) or visit the web site at www.transitchicago.com.

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