CTA’s Pride Train will be running on the Red Line all summer long up until the rescheduled Chicago Pride celebrations on October 3.
CTA yesterday revealed this year’s rainbow-wrapped Pride Train featuring an “all-new more inclusive design.” Sponsored by Miller Lite, the 5th annual Pride Train will run on the Red Line and will feature both the blue, pink, and white stripes of the Transgender Flag and a variation of the rainbow-striped Pride flag with black and brown stripes that debuted in Philadelphia back in 2017.
Having taken to the tracks on June 7th, the rainbow-wrapped cars will travel the Red Line up until October to coincide with Chicago’s rescheduled LGBTQ+ Pride parade and celebrations.
In 2017, Chicago became the first major U.S. transit agency to designate a Pride Train featuring the Pride rainbow flag. Announcing the 5th anniversary of the Pride Train, CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr said “As we prepare to celebrate Pride once again, we want to remind customers that transit is for everyone. We are a progressive and open-minded organization that has long supported equality and inclusion, and we want all our riders and employees to know that no matter who they love or how they identify – they are welcomed at the CTA.”
The Red Line isn’t the only line to reveal a newly decorated set of cars, however. Announced three days ago, the new moving installation “Ways and Means” is now running on the Green Line through early July. Featuring artwork by world-renowned local artists @nickcaveart and @bob_faust, the work was commissioned by The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in partnership with the Chicago Transit Authority as part of “Open Culture”— the next phase of the Mayor’s Open Chicago initiative.
The mobile artwork consists of eight colorfully wrapped CTA railcars which have been imprinted with different words on either side. Letters spanning each entire car read ‘Love’, ‘Kindness’, ‘Empathy’, ‘Wonder’, ‘Freedom’, ‘Trust’, ‘Respect’, and ‘Bravery’.
According to the artists behind the moving installation, Bob Faust and Nick Cave, the project focuses on “ways forward and the myriad means we use to get there.” The interiors ceilings of each railcar have also been wrapped in kaleidoscopic patterns offering a rolling exhibit highlighting the importance of awareness, inclusion, and empathy of the world around us.
[Featured image from Instagram / @chicagocta]