SUBURBAN TRANSIT ROUTES

ROUTES 750-791

MISCELLANEOUS ROUTES

Some of these routes have been operated directly by Pace, others by contract operators, often school bus companies. Some of these routes were subsequently discontinued.

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.


750-753 - South Suburban Feeders - three rush hour feeder routes introduced 10/30/78, with route #753 added 5/29/79. Route #750 operated between Flossmoor train station and Country Club Hills, and was discontinued 2/7/2010. Route #751 operated between Flossmoor train station and Chicago Heights, and was discontinued in 1994. Route #752 operated between Flossmoor train station and Glenwood, and was discontinued 4/6/84. And route #753 operated between the 211th St. train station and Matteson, and was discontinued 2/7/2010. Operated under contract by Our Town Bus Co. until 1981, operated by Gresham Bus Co. until 1983, operated by Art's Transportation until 1985, operated by Kickert School Bus Lines until 1989, then operated by Van Der Aa Bus Lines/South Holland, which became Vancom. In 1997 Vancom was acquired by Laidlaw, with buses then operated by Laidlaw Crestwood division. In 2000 direct operation assumed by Pace through its South Division.

755 - Plainfield-Illinois Medical District - introduced 11/30/2009, providing commuter express service between Plainfield and Illinois Medical District. Operated under contract by Keeshin Charter Service/Coach USA, around 2012, direct operation assumed by Pace through its Heritage Division.

757 - Northwest Connection - introduced 12/10/90. Operated under contract by Valley Transit/Hodgkins, which became Vancom, using motor coaches furnished by carrier. In late 1990's, direct operation assumed by Pace through its West Division.

760-763 - Oak Brook Circulators - four circulator routes introduced 11/21/88 in Oak Brook with routes #760 and #762 discontinued 9/18/89, and routes #761 and #763 discontinued 5/11/90. Operated under contract by Westway Coach.

767 - Congress-Douglas-Prairie Stone - introduced 8/3/92, after relocation of Sears headquarters to the Prairie Stone complex, operating to and from CTA terminals at Forest Park and 54th/Cermak. Operated under contract by Neal's Bus Co. until 1996, operated by Pauline Transportation until 1997, operated by Colonial Coach until 2000, then operated directly by Pace through its West Division. Discontinued 2/7/2010.

768 - Bolingbrook/Burr Ridge-Soldier Field Express - introduced 8/18/2006, special route operating for Chicago Bears games. Operated by Pace Southwest Division.

769 - Palos Heights/Oak Lawn-Soldier Field Express - introduced 8/18/2006, special route operating for Chicago Bears games. Operated by Pace Southwest Division.

770-772/778 - Brookfield Zoo - initially three summer express routes introduced 5/26/2014 between various CTA terminals and Brookfield Zoo. Route #770 serving the Green Line Harlem terminal and the Blue Line Forest Park terminal, route #771 serving the Pink Line 54th/Cermak terminal, and route #772 serving the Red Line 95th/Dan Ryan terminal. Route #778 was introduced 6/4/2016 between rotating locations on Chicago's northwest side and Brookfield Zoo. This was the first dedicated service to Brookfield Zoo since summers from 1980 to 1988, when route #333 existed, serving the same stations as route #770. Routes #770-#771/#778 operated by Pace West Division, route #772 operated by Pace Southwest Division.

773 - Markham/Tinley Park-White Sox Express - introduced 4/14/2006, special route operating for Chicago White Sox games. Operated by Pace South Division.

774 - Palos Heights/Oak Lawn-White Sox Express - introduced 5/3/2006, special route operating for Chicago White Sox games. Operated by Pace Southwest Division.

775 - Bolingbrook/Burr Ridge-White Sox Express - introduced 4/2/2006, special route operating for Chicago White Sox games. Operated by Pace Southwest Division.

776 - Yorktown-Soldier Field Express - introduced 9/1/2005, special route operating for Chicago Bears games. Operated by Pace West Division.

779 - Yorktown-Wrigley Field Express - 4/8/2005, special route operating for Chicago Cubs games. Operated by Pace West Division.

781 - North Naperville Office Complexes - introduced 6/26/78 as reverse feeder route to and from Naperville Metra station. Route operated under contract by Commuter Bus Systems until 1986, when assumed by Du Page Motor Coach Co./Naperville, which evolved to First Student. Discontinued 2/7/2010.

785-788 - Naperville Midday - four mid day routes introduced 8/22/88, 6/29/78, 6/29/78, 8/22/88 respectively. Route #785 served northeast Naperville, and route #786 served southwest Naperville, and routes were discontinued 6/12/89 and 8/24/90 respectively. Route #787 served southeast Naperville, and route #788 served north Naperville, and routes were discontinued in 2008. There originally was a route #788 Naperville-Fox Valley Center, which existed from 5/05/80 to 07/01/81. Operated under contract by Du Page Motor Coach Co./Naperville, which evolved to First Student.

790-791 - Route 59 Feeder - two rush hour feeder routes introduced 7/17/89, after opening of new Route 59 Metra station. Route #790 served Warrenville, and replaced route #679 which had served the Naperville station. Route discontinued in 1996. Route #791 served the Country Lakes area north of the station, and was short lived. Operated under contract by Du Page Motor Coach Co./Naperville, which later became Vancom.