Joy to the Christmas Bus -- No. 56 lights up passengers
Jasmine here shares her unmitigated joy at riding the No. 56 Christmas bus again:
"The Christmas bus rides again! I got on the outbound 56 Milwaukee bus at Madison and Wacker. It was a little after 6 pm, bus no. 6487 for those of you who might be looking for it. Seriously, I love this bus. This is the third year in a row I've seen it, and it never fails to make me smile.
"Wish I could say the same for my fellow riders, though. Everybody, from yuppies to old grannies, seemed to barely acknowledge the lights, the decorations (the pile of presents stacked on top of the passenger side wheel lit up this year!), but made no outward sign that they'd noticed that this bus might look different from, say, a bus that wasn't decorated. Or maybe they were reeling from the sound of Mariah Carey warbling "Joy to the World" from the PA system?
"Who knows. I still think it was awesome. If I see it again, I will see if I can bug the driver with questions -- is this the only holiday bus on the route? are their sibling buses on other routes? can you rent it out for special occasions? who are the folks responsible for decorating the bus? -- and report back."
Jasmine took the above photo. Find a couple more at her Flickr account.