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November 13, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
The CTA has released its schedule for the holiday train, which features decorated train cars. The train typically operates from about 1-8 p.m. on weekends and 3-7 p.m. on select weekdays. The train will run on the: > > Green Line: November 25, 26 and 30 > > Orange and Brown Lines: December 1-3 > > Pink Line: December 7 > > Blue Line: December 8-10 > > Red Line- December 14, 16, 17 and 20 > > Purple Line: December 15, 17 and 21 > > Yellow Line: December 22
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November 29, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
The CTA Holiday Train kicks off its annual run Friday afternoon from Midway Airport, the CTA said. The train will depart the airport station at about 3 p.m. and travel on the Orange and Green lines. On Friday, the train will make one trip from Midway to Harlem/Lake, via downtown, one trip from Harlem/Lake to Cottage Grove and one trip from Cottage Grove to Midway, via downtown, the CTA said. In the annual tradition, the train is festooned with holiday decorations. There is no extra fare to ride the Holiday Train.
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NEWS
October 30, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
A play about the annual CTA holiday train will arrive at a Lakeview theater in November. "El Stories: Holiday Train," based on real-life Chicagoans' experiences with the annual tradition of decking out a CTA train in Christmas decorations, will debut Nov. 24 at the Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. The show will run at 11 p.m., on Saturday nights. Tickets are $15 at greenhousetheater.com. Meanwhile, the CTA said last week it has not yet found a sponsor for the holiday train.
NEWS
November 26, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
It's the most wonderful train of the year.  The CTA announced the 2013 Holiday Train schedule Tuesday, and the Green Line will be the first route it travels beginning Nov. 29. The CTA notes the decked out train is out on the tracks from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on select weekdays.  ( Click here for the full schedule on the CTAs website.)  The six-car train is decorated inside and out with thousands of lights, and pasted up with colorful seasonal images on the outside.
NEWS
November 21, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
CTA riders, don't get excited to tap that pass just yet. The CTA board last week awarded a $454 million contract to Cubic Transportation Systems to devise a system that would allow CTA riders to use their credit and debit cards to pay their fares. Though the system is not expected to be implemented until 2014, Going Public has ID'd a few potential drawbacks to the proposal, which is a swipe in the right direction. > > Dollar back, ya'll: Cash would still be accepted on buses under the proposed system.
NEWS
December 12, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas transit. Shopping bags are filling train seats, and buses are crawling along high-traffic shopping corridors. To keep you in good cheer, Going Public has devised a December transit road map so you can have happy haul-idays. > > That new iPhone is cool and all, but I'm a gonna have to stop you from pulling it out on the train. Thieves are watching for distracted riders. Watch your bags, especially at transit stops near stores with pricey products such as the North/Clybourn stop (Apple store)
NEWS
November 28, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Cyber Monday is over - but the shopping season is just beginning. Instead of avoiding lines - why not embrace them? "L" lines are the subject of several CTA-related gifts including T-shirts and greeting cards. Buses, too, have inspired presents from tokens to pins. To keep you in the Loop this holiday season, Going Public has rounded up 12 gifts of Christmass transit and matched them to the riders you love (or love to hate). For the: > > Hipster with the shoulder bag who tries to bring his bike on the train during rush hour … Buttons of various CTA stops for $1 each on ...
NEWS
December 10, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
What was supposed to be a hearing Monday about proposed CTA fare hikes turned into a last-ditch effort to save the No. 11 Lincoln Avenue bus. Many of the 190 attendees at the hearing wore yellow shirts asking the CTA board to "Save the #11 bus; it's our lifeline. " The board voted without opposition months ago to cancel the No. 11 service between the Western Brown Line station and the Fullerton Brown Line station as part of service changes to reduce crowding on six train lines and 48 bus routes.
NEWS
November 11, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Fed up with the multiple taps it took for his Ventra card to work, Michael Askew turned his problematic taps into a problem app. Askew, 35, this month created an app for iPhones called “Ventra Fails.” CTA riders can record when and where their Ventra cards fail. The CTA announced last week it is slowing its transition to Ventra, a new fare payment system, while system operator Cubic works out glitches that have ranged from long customer service waits to delayed mailings of cards to slow processing time once a Ventra card has been tapped.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2012 | By Kate Bernot, @kbernot and RedEye
Some people get into the festive spirit by shopping at Christkindlmarket or taking a ride on the CTA's holiday train. Others find their seasonal joy in a beer bottle. After Thanksgiving each year, Chicago's breweries release their holiday ales and stouts. With flavors of spice, dark fruit and coffee, these beers compliment a hearty winter meal and offer a good reason to step into a bar and out of the cold. Here's a look at what's on tap this season. Fistmas, Revolution Brewing Red Ale, 6.1 percent ABV Revolution's Fistmas is an...
NEWS
November 11, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Fed up with the multiple taps it took for his Ventra card to work, Michael Askew turned his problematic taps into a problem app. Askew, 35, this month created an app for iPhones called “Ventra Fails.” CTA riders can record when and where their Ventra cards fail. The CTA announced last week it is slowing its transition to Ventra, a new fare payment system, while system operator Cubic works out glitches that have ranged from long customer service waits to delayed mailings of cards to slow processing time once a Ventra card has been tapped.
NEWS
December 10, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
What was supposed to be a hearing Monday about proposed CTA fare hikes turned into a last-ditch effort to save the No. 11 Lincoln Avenue bus. Many of the 190 attendees at the hearing wore yellow shirts asking the CTA board to "Save the #11 bus; it's our lifeline. " The board voted without opposition months ago to cancel the No. 11 service between the Western Brown Line station and the Fullerton Brown Line station as part of service changes to reduce crowding on six train lines and 48 bus routes.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2012 | By Kate Bernot, @kbernot and RedEye
Some people get into the festive spirit by shopping at Christkindlmarket or taking a ride on the CTA's holiday train. Others find their seasonal joy in a beer bottle. After Thanksgiving each year, Chicago's breweries release their holiday ales and stouts. With flavors of spice, dark fruit and coffee, these beers compliment a hearty winter meal and offer a good reason to step into a bar and out of the cold. Here's a look at what's on tap this season. Fistmas, Revolution Brewing Red Ale, 6.1 percent ABV Revolution's Fistmas is an...
NEWS
November 16, 2012 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Hark! The CTA has announced the dates for the return of the holiday train, its yearly decked-out transport of Christmas spirit. The train will operate from 1 to 8 p.m. on weekends, and 3 to 7 p.m. on select weekdays. Its appearances on various lines are as follows: > > Green Line: Nov. 23, 24*, 28 (from 4-8 p.m.) > > Orange Line and Brown Line: Nov. 29 (3-5:45 p.m.), 30 (3:50-6:30 p.m.) and Dec. 1* (12:50-8 p.m.) > > Pink Line: Dec. 5 > > Blue Line: Dec. 6, 7, 8 ** (includes photo-only stop on Pink Line)
NEWS
October 30, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
A play about the annual CTA holiday train will arrive at a Lakeview theater in November. "El Stories: Holiday Train," based on real-life Chicagoans' experiences with the annual tradition of decking out a CTA train in Christmas decorations, will debut Nov. 24 at the Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. The show will run at 11 p.m., on Saturday nights. Tickets are $15 at greenhousetheater.com. Meanwhile, the CTA said last week it has not yet found a sponsor for the holiday train.
NEWS
December 12, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas transit. Shopping bags are filling train seats, and buses are crawling along high-traffic shopping corridors. To keep you in good cheer, Going Public has devised a December transit road map so you can have happy haul-idays. > > That new iPhone is cool and all, but I'm a gonna have to stop you from pulling it out on the train. Thieves are watching for distracted riders. Watch your bags, especially at transit stops near stores with pricey products such as the North/Clybourn stop (Apple store)
NEWS
November 26, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
It's the most wonderful train of the year.  The CTA announced the 2013 Holiday Train schedule Tuesday, and the Green Line will be the first route it travels beginning Nov. 29. The CTA notes the decked out train is out on the tracks from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on select weekdays.  ( Click here for the full schedule on the CTAs website.)  The six-car train is decorated inside and out with thousands of lights, and pasted up with colorful seasonal images on the outside.
NEWS
November 28, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Cyber Monday is over - but the shopping season is just beginning. Instead of avoiding lines - why not embrace them? "L" lines are the subject of several CTA-related gifts including T-shirts and greeting cards. Buses, too, have inspired presents from tokens to pins. To keep you in the Loop this holiday season, Going Public has rounded up 12 gifts of Christmass transit and matched them to the riders you love (or love to hate). For the: > > Hipster with the shoulder bag who tries to bring his bike on the train during rush hour … Buttons of various CTA stops for $1 each on etsy.com > >...
NEWS
November 21, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
CTA riders, don't get excited to tap that pass just yet. The CTA board last week awarded a $454 million contract to Cubic Transportation Systems to devise a system that would allow CTA riders to use their credit and debit cards to pay their fares. Though the system is not expected to be implemented until 2014, Going Public has ID'd a few potential drawbacks to the proposal, which is a swipe in the right direction. > > Dollar back, ya'll: Cash would still be accepted on buses under the proposed system.
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