GARY TRANSIT FACILITIES

CAR HOUSES/BUS GARAGES

Present and past.


The main Gary Railways car house was located at 22nd Ave. and Jefferson St. That car house was originally constructed as a factory in 1892, and acquired in 1907 by Gary & Interurban Railway Co. and adapted into a car house. A bus garage was constructed on the property in 1941, and by 1947 with the elimination of streetcars, the facility was completely converted to house buses.

The former car house was closed in 1987 and demolished, evidence of the foundation still remains at the southeast corner of that intersection. The new Gary Public Transportation Corp. garage is at 2101 W. 35th Ave., on the south side of the street.

For the interurban lines, car houses existed at South La Porte (Goshen South Bend & Chicago Railroad Co.), Lottaville (Gary & Southern Traction Co.), Goodrum (Valparaiso & Northern Railway), and Hobart (Gary Hobart & Eastern Traction Co.). In 1927, the Goodrum car house was replaced by a new car house in Valparaiso.

The car houses at Lottaville, Hobart, and Valparaiso still stand, used for other purposes. Also standing is the Public Service Building, at the northeast corner of 11th Ave. and Broadway in Gary. This was the headquarters for Gary Railways.

The Lottaville car house is on the east side of Taft St., north of the CN/GTW tracks. The Hobart car house is south of 3rd St., a few blocks west of Main St. and a river bridge. And the Valparaiso car house is on the west side of Calumet Ave., north of the CN/GTW tracks. Another interesting building still standing is the Woodville substation, on the west side of Calumet Ave. (Old State Hwy. 49), south of the bridge over the CSX/B&O tracks. The substation has been adapted into a home.

As of 1952, there existed a Gary-Hobart-Valparaiso Transit, with a garage at 107 Indiana Ave. in Valparaiso. The "V-Line" bus service began operations in 2007, after a long absence of transit service in Valparaiso. V-Line is based at 760 W. Lincolnway, in Valparaiso.


GARY TRANSIT FACILITY LOCATIONS

VALPARAISO TRANSIT FACILITY LOCATIONS

LA PORTE TRANSIT FACILITY LOCATIONS

Links to locations of past and present transit facilities, using Google Maps. Satellite views are also available.