SUBURBAN TRANSIT ROUTES

ROUTES 700-722

DU PAGE COUNTY ROUTES

These routes were originally sponsored by individual villages, and were generally operated by contract operators, often school bus companies. Some routes were discontinued, and usually other routes were modified to incorporate portions of the discontinued routes.

Many bus routes in the northwest and west suburbs were originally operated under contract by Commuter Bus Systems. Commuter Bus Systems was formed in 1973, and normally operated school buses painted white. But by 1986, Commuter Bus Systems was no longer in operation, and various school bus companies were operating the buses, usually using school buses. Although all day routes usually used regular transit buses. In 1997, Pace began providing the school bus companies with its own smaller transit buses, for rush hour feeder service.

The largest school bus companies serving Du Page County were Du Page Motor Coach Co. (several locations), Valley Transit (Hodgkins), and Kammes Bus Service (Wheaton and Batavia). Around the 1980's these companies were acquired by Vancom, which had evolved out of an original school bus company, Van Der Aa Bus Lines, based in South Holland IL. In 1997, the Vancom school bus operations were sold to Canadian company Laidlaw, which in turn in 2007 was sold to First Group of Great Britain. The school bus operations became known as First Student.


700-704 - Villa Park - five rush hour feeder routes introduced 12/12/77, and all routes eventually discontinued. Route #700 operated north into Addison, and was discontinued 6/8/2001, leaving Addison with virtually no transit service. Route #701 was discontinued 3/10/80, and also operated north into Addison. Route #702 served southwest Villa Park, and was discontinued 12/27/96. Route #703 served south central Villa Park, and was discontinued 8/31/2001. And route #704 served southeast Villa Park, and was discontinued 8/7/81. Buses were operated under contract by Westway Coach into the mid 1980's, then assumed by Lakeview Bus Lines. And around 1990, service was assumed by Du Page Motor Coach Co./Glen Ellyn, later Vancom and Laidlaw. In the last few years, buses were operated by Laidlaw Villa Park division.

705 - South Central Wheaton - introduced 12/2/85, discontinued 2/13/87.

706-710 - Wheaton - five rush hour feeder routes introduced 8/13/79, 8/13/79, 11/26/79, 11/26/79, 12/12/77 respectively. Routes discontinued include route #706 Southeast Wheaton, discontinued 6/9/2008, route #707 Southwest Wheaton, discontinued 6/9/2008, route #708 Schmale-Main, consolidated into route #711 effective 4/3/2000, and route #710 Gary Ave.-Carol Stream, discontinued by 2000. Route #710 was originally operated under contract by Wolff Bus Co., soon afterward all buses were operated by Commuter Bus Systems. From 1986 to 1997, routes mostly operated by Du Page Motor Coach Co./Glen Ellyn, later Vancom and Laidlaw. During late 1980's, some routes operated by Kammes Bus Service. From 1997 until 2002, routes operated by Ryder Student Transportation, before again being operated by Laidlaw. In 2008, remaining route #709 assumed by MV Transportation/Batavia.

711 - Wheaton-Addison - introduced 11/26/79, providing all day service, and was operating between Wheaton and Stratford Square Mall when mall opened in 1981. Extended east into Addison 6/9/2008. Operated under contract by Commuter Bus Systems until 1986, subsequently operated by Du Page Motor Coach Co./Glen Ellyn, later Vancom and Laidlaw. From 1997 until 2002, route operated by Ryder Student Transportation, before again being operated by Laidlaw. In 2008, route assumed by MV Transportation/Batavia.

712 - Carol Stream Industrial Park - introduced 11/26/79 as reverse rush hour feeder route. Effective 8/21/87, redesignated as reverse feeder service of route #708, consolidated into route #711 effective 4/3/2000. Was operated under contract by Commuter Bus Systems.

712 - Wheaton Shuttle - introduced in 1991, as shuttle from Wheaton Metra station to Du Page County government complex, which had moved away from the center of Wheaton to an outlying area. Discontinued 6/9/2008, replaced with extension of route #747. Was operated under contract by Du Page Motor Coach Co./Glen Ellyn, later Vancom and Laidlaw. From 1997 until 2002, route operated by Ryder Student Transportation, before again being operated by Laidlaw.

713 - Wheaton-Naperville - introduced 11/26/79 as reverse rush hour feeder route, discontinued 6/9/2008. Was operated under contract by Commuter Bus Systems until 1986, subsequently operated by Kammes Bus Service. Until 1997, operated by Du Page Motor Coach Co./Glen Ellyn, later Vancom and Laidlaw. From 1997 until 2002, route operated by Ryder Student Transportation, before again being operated by Laidlaw.

714 - Naperville-College of Du Page - introduced 9/7/76, discontinued 6/7/85.

714 - College of Du Page-Naperville-Wheaton - introduced 8/7/2006, operated by Pace Fox Valley Division.

715 - Central Du Page - introduced 1/3/78, providing all day service between Darien and Wheaton. Extended north of Glen Ellyn 6/9/2008 to Addison, with segment from Glen Ellyn to Wheaton discontinued. Operated under contract by Commuter Bus Systems until 1986, subsequently operated by Kammes Bus Service. Until 1997, operated by Du Page Motor Coach Co./Glen Ellyn, later Vancom and Laidlaw. From 1997 until 2002, route operated by Ryder Student Transportation, before again being operated by Laidlaw. In 2008, route assumed by MV Transportation/Batavia.

716 - Wheaton-Du Page Center - introduced 8/13/79, combined into route #711 effective 3/6/81.

716 - Winfield - short lived route introduced 11/27/89, discontinued.

717 - Naperville-Oak Brook Express - introduced 9/26/83, connecting Naperville Metra station with Oak Brook office areas, discontinued 10/25/85. Was operated under contract by Commuter Bus Systems.

722 - Ogden Avenue - introduced 6/13/2016 between Naperville and Yorktown Mall, operated by Pace Fox Valley Division.