CINCINNATI TRANSIT ROUTES

CONCISE HISTORY

In 1973, the publicly owned Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) acquired the privately owned Cincinnati Transit Co. This page lists SORTA routes which can trace their histories back to the privately owned transit companies. Some routes were eventually discontinued by SORTA. Other routes were restructured going into the 21st Century, and are identified using the more recent numbers and names. And since its formation SORTA added some new bus routes, which are not listed.

Route numbers for streetcars were originally introduced in 1920. Routes originally introduced as bus routes were assigned letters. Discontinued and renumbered routes are in parentheses, along with the Cincinnati Street Railway or Cincinnati Transit route names.

Route numbers identified with "SHORT", were separate numbers assigned to short turn variations of streetcar routes. These route numbers were eventually consolidated into the main streetcar route numbers. Some of the short turn terminals were the original terminals of the routes, later extended. Dates when routes were introduced indicate how the routes evolved.

Most of the routes listed were originally streetcar routes, and were converted to trolleybuses before finally being replaced with diesel buses. Which was a simple matter, due to Cincinnati's unique two wire trolley system for its streetcars. This two wire system existed, because of complaints of interference of ground rail current with telephone systems. Thus, the trolleybus history does account for a major portion of the Cincinnati transit system. As existing streetcar wires could be used for the trolleybuses. Dates listed for those routes are dates converted to trolleybuses. The last trolleybuses were replaced with diesel buses in 1965.

Routes 18, 30, 34, 42, 49, 67, 68, 70, and 78 were converted directly from streetcars to motor buses on the dates indicated.

Many routes had various branches formed after conversion to buses, and are usually indicated by "Bus Ext." Discontinued routes are indicated by "Disc."



Route   Route Name                   Electric    Cincinnati  (Trolley)   Cincinnati
Number  (Segment/Former Route Name)  Streetcars  Street Ry.  Buses       Transit
                                     Introduced  Route No.   Introduced  Route No.

  1     Museum Center (Union Terminal)               New Bus 1933?     U
  1     Zoo                              HC    1888      49   4/17/49  49
 (1)    Chapel                                 1912       1                Disc.
 (2)    Evanston   (SHORT)                     1902       2   7/24/49   4
 (3)    Gilbert  (SHORT)                 HC CC 1898       3   7/24/49   4
  3     Montgomery (Kennedy Heights)           1902       4   7/24/49   4
  4     Dillonvale                                      Bus Ext.        4
 (4)    Madeira                                         Bus Ext.        4
  4     Blue Ash (Silverton)                            Bus Ext.        4
  4     Ridge Rd.                                       Bus Ext.       New SORTA
  4     Silverton (Wyatt)                               Bus Ext.        4
 (5)    Norwood  (SHORT)                       1902       5   7/24/49   4
  6     Queen City-Bridgetown                        New Bus  5/16/26  C
 (7)    North Norwood  (SHORT)                 1910       7   7/24/49   4
 (8)    South Norwood                          1902       8   1/ 1/49   8  SORTA 64
 (9)    Vine-Norwood  (SHORT)                  1913       9   7/24/49  10
(10)    Vine-Woodburn                          1902       9   7/24/49  10  Disc.
 11     Madison Rd. (Oakley)                   1901      70            A
 11     Erie-Madisonville                      1890      69   7/ 6/47  69
 11     Mariemont                                    New Bus  4/25/26  A
(15)    Clark St.  (SHORT)               HC    1895      15  12/ 1/36  16
 16     Spring Grove (Hartwell)          HC    1895      15  12/ 1/36  16
 16     Colerain                         HC    1889      16   6/ 6/48   8
 16     Mt. Healthy (Clovernook)                        Bus Ext.       17
 16     College Hill                                    Bus Ext.       19
 17     Cedar (College Hill)                   1895      17   6/27/48  17
 17     Mt. Airy (Groesbeck)                            Bus Ext.       19
 17     Mt. Healthy                                     Bus Ext.       17
 17     Seven Hills                                     Bus Ext.       New SORTA
 17     Northgate                                       Bus Ext.       17
(18)    Fairmount                        HC    ????      18   4/29/51  49  SORTA 49
 19     Northgate (Mt. Airy-White Oak)               New Bus  7/ 4/26  J
 19     Colerain (Groesbeck-Bevis)                      Bus Ext.       19
(19)    John St.                         HC    1895      19  12/ 1/36  I   SORTA 33
(20)    6th St.  (SHORT)                 HC    1895      20   6/ 6/48   8
 20     Winton-Tri County                            New Bus           20
 21     Harrison Ave. (Westwood-Cheviot)       1890's    21   4/29/51  21
(22)    Lexington Hts.-Daly (Brentwood)              New Bus           22
 24     Auburn-Clifton                   HC    1889      53   8/17/47  53
 24     Mt. Washington-Anderson-UC                   New Bus           24
(26)    Beechmont-Amelia                             New Bus           26  SORTA 30
 27     Northside-Casey (Cumminsville)               New Bus           27
 27     Northside-Pullan (Cumminsville)                 Bus Ext.        8
(27)    Linwood                                1897      27   9/28/47  27  SORTA 28
(28)    East End  (SHORT)                HC    1891      28   9/28/47  28
 28     Milford                          IU    1903      71   8/24/36  A
(29)    New Richmond                                 New Bus           29  Disc.
(30)    Fernbank                         IU    1900      30   6/ 1/41  K   SORTA 50
 30     Beechmont Express                            New Bus           26
 31     West End-Evanston Crosstown            1897      31   4/11/48  31
 32     Delhi-Price Hill (Elberon)             1895      32   3/25/51  32
 32     Western Hills-Price Hill         HC    1895      36  1951      35
(33)    Elberon-8th  (SHORT)                   1913      33   3/25/51  32
 33     Bridgetown-West. Hills-Glenway               New Bus  5/16/26  D
(33)    Glenway-Gilsey                               New Bus           I
 33     John St. (Quebec)                HC    1895      19  12/ 1/36  I
(34)    Sedamsville                      HC    ????      34   6/ 1/41  K   SORTA 50
(35)    Warsaw-Covedale                  HC    1895      35   3/25/51  35  SORTA 32
(36)    Warsaw  (SHORT)                  HC    1895      36   3/25/51  35 
(40)    Avondale  (SHORT)                HC    1890      40   4/17/49  47
(41)    Chester Park                           1928      41  12/ 1/36  16  SORTA 16
 41     Mt. Healthy-Oakley Crosstown                    Bus Ext.       New SORTA
(42)    Bond Hill                              1916      42   9/ 8/28  45  SORTA 45
 43     Reading (Lockland)                           New Bus  5/ 2/26  B
 43     Bond Hill                              1916      42   9/ 8/28  45
 43     Winton Hills (Winton Terrace)          1894      47   4/17/49  47
(44)    Highland-Lincoln                    CC 1902      44   8/17/47  44  SORTA 64
(45)    5th St.                          HC    ????      45                Disc.
 46     Avonview                                        Bus Ext.       46
 46     Avondale (Rockdale-Vine-Burnet)  HC CC 1898      46   7/22/50  46
 46     St. Bernard                                     Bus Ext.       48
(49)    Zoo                              HC    1888      49   4/17/49  49  SORTA  1
 49     Fairmount                        HC    ????      18   4/17/49  49
 50     Sayler Park (Fernbank-Addyston)  IU    1900      30   6/ 1/41  K
 51     Clifton-Hyde Park Crosstown                  New Bus  4/ 4/26  E
 51     Western Hills Uptown (Cheviot)               New Bus  5/ 2/26  G
(53)    Auburn-Clifton                   HC    1889      53   8/17/47  53  SORTA 24
(54)    Hartwell Junction  (SHORT)             1918      54   4/29/51  78
(55)    Vine-Clifton                     HC CC 1898      55   4/29/51  53  SORTA 46
(56)    Vine-Zoo-Chester                       1911      56                To CSR 54
(56)    Golf Manor                                   New Bus           N   Disc.
(60)    Fairview                         HC    1895      60   3/ 6/49  60  SORTA 51
(61)    Clifton-Pullan                         1913      61   3/ 6/49  61  Disc.
(62)    Ohio                             HC    ????      62   3/ 6/49  60  Disc.
 64     Dana-Erie                           CC 1902      44   8/17/47  44
 64     Norwood-Oakley                         1902       8   1/ 1/49   8
 64     McMicken                         HC    1895      64  10/ 9/38  64
 64     Westwood (McHenry)                           New Bus 10/ 7/28  Q
(65)    Clifton  (SHORT)                       1920      65   3/ 6/49  61  Disc.
(67)    Edwards                                1901      67   7/28/26  E   SORTA 51
(68)    Delta                            SD    1891      68   6/18/50  68  SORTA 80
(70)    Oakley                                 1901      70   6/18/50  A   SORTA 11
(71)    Milford                          IU    1903      71   8/24/36  A   SORTA 28
(71)    Cumminsville-Oakley                          New Bus  4/ 4/26  F   Disc.
(72)    Mariemont                        IU    1903      72  1942      A   SORTA 11
(74)    Hartwell Junction  (SHORT)       IU    1898      74   4/29/51  78
(75)    Wyoming                          IU    1901      75  11/ 9/32  78  SORTA 78
(76)    Glendale                         IU    1900      76   8/11/31      Disc.
(77)    Springdale                       IU    1901      77   6/  /30      Disc.
 78     Woodlawn (Lockland)                    1898      78   4/29/51  78
 78     Lincoln Heights                                 Bus Ext.       78
 78     Springdale-Vine                                 Bus Ext.       New SORTA
        CH&D Line                                    New Bus  7/ 1/28  H   Disc.
        Coney Island                                 New Bus  6/19/27  L   Disc.


FORMER INTERURBAN RAILWAY ROUTES

Further information on certain transit routes in the Cincinnati area, which evolved from the the interurban railways in the area. After those railways were abandoned, the Cincinnati Street Railway acquired some track segments and introduced service on those lines. Those routes are identified above with IU.


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