HAMMOND/EAST CHICAGO TRANSIT
In 2012, funding problems resulted in Hammond becoming possibly the largest city in the country with a rich transit history, but now without local transit service. Some bus service is provided in Hammond by the Gary Public Transportation Corporation.
Official Web site of East Chicago Transit.
In 1971, the privately owned Chicago & Calumet District Transit Co. discontinued local bus service in Hammond and East Chicago. And after a brief period of no transit service, modest new bus systems were created in East Chicago in 1974, and in Hammond in 1976. The last streetcars ran in 1940.
In 1892, the Hammond Electric Railway Co. introduced streetcar service in Hammond. In 1893, the company became the Hammond Whiting & East Chicago Electric Railway Co., which in 1896 began operating through into Chicago. From 1931 to 1971, transit service was operated by Chicago & Calumet District Transit Co.
Map showing streetcar system at its peak.
Many of today's bus routes in Gary have histories which can be traced back to streetcars.
Streetcars operated in Hammond and East Chicago until 1940.
Streetcars and buses were stored and serviced at a variety of areas.
Some historic information is from Bulletin No. 8 of the Electric Railway Historical Society.
Chicago Transit & Railfan Web Site