AURORA/ELGIN/FOX RIVER VALLEY

SUBURBAN TRANSIT HISTORY

(Aurora Elgin and Fox River Electric Co.)
(Aurora City Lines)
(Elgin City Lines)
(Aurora-Elgin Bus Line)
(Aurora Transit System)
(Elgin Department of Transportation)
(Pace Fox Valley Division)
(Pace River Division)


Early History (Aurora)

1882 - Aurora City Railway Co. introduces horse car service in city of Aurora.

1890 - Aurora Street Railway Co. incorporated to acquire horse car operation and convert to electric streetcars.

1896 - Aurora and Geneva Railway Co. incorporated to construct interurban line between those cities.

1897 - Aurora, Yorkville and Morris Railway Co. incorporated to construct interurban line from Aurora to Yorkville.

1900 - Aurora and Geneva Railway line completed, and line completed from Aurora to Yorkville.


Early History (Elgin)

1876 - horse car service in city of Elgin established by Bruce Rogers.

1889 - Elgin City Railway Co. incorporated to acquire horse car operation.

1890 - Elgin City Street Railway Co. incorporated, acquiring Elgin City Railway Co. and converting horse car operation to electric streetcars.

1895 - Carpentersville, Elgin and Aurora Railway Co. incorporated, completing interurban lines from Elgin to Carpentersville.

1896 - Carpentersville, Elgin and Aurora Railway line completed from Elgin to Geneva.

1897 - Elgin City, Carpentersville and Aurora Railway Co. incorporated, consolidating Elgin City Street Railway Co., and Carpentersville, Elgin and Aurora Railway Co.


Subsequent History

1901 - Elgin Aurora and Southern Traction Co. incorporated, acquiring Aurora Street Railway Co., Aurora and Geneva Railway Co., Aurora, Yorkville and Morris Railway Co., and Elgin City, Carpentersville and Aurora Railway Co.

1906 - Elgin Aurora and Southern Traction Co. merged with Aurora Elgin and Chicago Railway Co. to form Aurora Elgin and Chicago Railroad Co.

1922 - bus routes exist between Aurora and Elgin, and between Aurora and Big Rock, operated by unknown companies.

1924 - Aurora Elgin and Fox River Electric Co. incorporated to acquire former Elgin Aurora and Southern Traction Co. from Chicago Aurora and Elgin Railroad Co., which had reorganized in 1922 from Aurora Elgin and Chicago Railroad Co. Aurora Elgin and Fox River Electric Co. would be a subsidiary of Western United Gas & Electric Co.

1925 - interurban operation abandoned from Aurora to Yorkville. Subsidiary Fox Valley Bus Lines formed to operate replacement bus service, and later replace additional electric railway lines.

1926 - Cannon Ball Coach Line assumes bus service from Aurora to Yorkville, as part of through bus route on US Hwy. 34 paralleling Burlington Route. Cannonball Coach Line would later become part of the original Burlington Trailways, which would be under partial control of the railroad for many years.

1927 - Western United Gas & Electric Co. comes under control of Samuel Insull.

1932 - Samuel Insull resigns from Western United Gas & Electric Co.

1933 - Western United Gas & Electric Co. becomes subsidiary of Commonwealth Edison Co., Chicago's electrical utility.

1933 - interurban operation abandoned from Elgin to Carpentersville, after tornado damage.

1934 - conversion completed of all local streetcar operations to buses.

1935 - Aurora to Elgin interurban line converted to buses, ending all electric railway operations.

1936 - all bus operations acquired by the newly formed National City Lines.

1940 - operations divided into Aurora City Lines, Elgin City Lines, and Aurora-Elgin Bus Line.

1966 - bus operations sold by National City Lines to Vernon Westover, a regional manager of National City Lines.

1968 - Elgin City Lines sold to city Department of Transportation, Aurora City Lines sold to Tom-A-Hawk Transit (subsidized by city), and Aurora-Elgin Bus Line sold to Joliet-Aurora Transit Lines.

1971 - city owned Aurora Transit System acquires local bus system there.

1973 - Elgin Department of Transportation takes over Aurora-Elgin route, subdidized by communities along the route.

1989 - Aurora Transit System becomes Pace Fox Valley Division.

1991 - Elgin Department of Transportation becomes Pace River Division.


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