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CTA Pride train rolls with new transgender, Philly flags

Four specially painted cars will be used on the Red Line until the Pride Parade on Oct. 3.

The Pride Train rides through a rail station.
CTA’s Pride train is set to run on the Red Line until the Pride Parade on Oct. 3.
Chicago Transit Authority

The multicolored flash above the L tracks may not just be a post-storm rainbow starting Monday.

The Chicago Transit Authority has returned its rainbow-wrapped Pride train cars on the Red Line in honor of Pride month.

Four train cars will honor the LGBTQ community starting Monday until the Pride Parade on Oct. 3.

The railcars will don the more inclusive “Philly Flag” for the first time in its five years of service, adding a black and a brown stripe to the traditional six-color Pride flag.

As transgender issues and rights have gained prominence, the CTA also added the blue, pink and white Transgender flag. This year, the train wrap is sponsored by Miller Lite.

“As we prepare to celebrate Pride once again, we want to remind customers that transit is for everyone,” CTA President Dorval R. Carter Jr. said in a news release “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.”