FORMER CAR HOUSES/STREETCAR ROUTE ASSIGNMENTS

(SOUTH SIDE)

Route assignment information is mostly from the 1930's through the 1950's, with the end of streetcar operation.

For each car house, streetcar routes generally are listed in the order in which streetcar service was discontinued for each route at that car house. Streetcar routes are generally identified by name, with route numbers indicated in brackets.

As buses became more widely used, not all car houses were adapted for buses, requiring some routes to be transferred when various streetcar routes were converted to buses. Other car houses were converted later for buses, resulting in further changes in route assignments. Longer routes generally had runs divided among more than one car house.


ARCHER
Closed 2/7/2010
Last streetcars 5/30/48
First buses 6/25/34
Trolleybuses 6/20/48 to 6/20/65

As streetcar routes were eliminated, replacement bus routes were also based at Archer.

South Cicero [64] (12/6/41 to bus)
West Pershing [39A] (8/28/45 to bus)
35th St. [35] (10/21/46 to Cottage Grove, 4/15/51 to bus-Archer)
47th St. [47] (10/21/46 to Cottage Grove, 4/15/51 to bus-Archer)
Western [10/49] (2/15/48 to 69th St.)
26th St. [26] (2/29/48 to bus)
31st St. [31] (2/29/48 to bus)
Archer [62] (5/30/48 to bus)
51st-55th [51] (5/30/48 to bus)

The 39A route was combined with the 39 Pershing route on 2/15/48 into a single bus route based at Archer. Prior to then, route 39 was a streetcar based at Cottage Grove.

The 35th St. and 47th St. streetcar routes were temporarily transferred to Cottage Grove for their final years as streetcar routes, allowing Archer to become a bus only facility.


BURNSIDE
Closed 9/12/49
Was not adapted for buses

As streetcar routes were eliminated, replacement bus routes were based at 77th St. and Beverly Garage.

Hammond [32] (6/9/40 discontinued)
Whiting-East Chicago [30] (6/9/40 discontinued)
106th St. [106] (8/13/41 to bus-77th St., 12/4/49 to Beverly)
103rd St. [103] (10/13/41 to bus-77th St., 12/4/49 to Beverly)
111th St. [111] (9/23/45 to bus-77th St., 12/4/49 to Beverly)
115th St. [115] (9/23/45 to bus-77th St., 12/4/49 to Beverly)
119th St. [119] (2/3/46 to bus-77th St., 12/4/49 to Beverly)
Riverdale [34] (9/9/46 to bus-77th St., 12/4/49 to Beverly)
Torrence [27A] (10/21/46 to bus-77th St.)
South Chicago-Ewing [30] (6/30/47 to bus-77th St.)
Hegewisch [25] (6/30/47 to bus-77th St.)
Windsor Park [24] (4/25/48 to bus-77th St.)
South Deering [27] (4/25/48 to bus-77th St.)
Cottage Grove [4] (9/12/49 streetcars transferred to 77th St.)
Cottage Grove-South Chicago [5] (9/12/49 streetcars transferred to Cottage Grove)
Stony Island [28] (9/12/49 streetcars transferred to 77th St.)
93rd-95th [93] (9/12/49 streetcars transferred to 77th St.)


COTTAGE GROVE
Closed 6/19/55
Was not adapted for buses

As streetcar routes were eliminated, replacement bus routes were based at Archer, 77th St., and 52nd St. former Chicago Motor Coach Co. garage.

Cottage Grove-Broadway [1] (10/7/46 Through Route discontinued)
Pershing [39] (2/15/48 to bus-Archer)
Cottage Grove-South Chicago [5] (12/4/49 Through Route discontinued)
Lincoln-Indiana [3] (3/11/51 Through Route discontinued)
35th St. [35] (10/21/46 from Archer, 4/15/51 to bus-return to Archer)
47th St. [47] (10/21/46 from Archer, 4/15/51 to bus-return to Archer)
Stony Island [28] (6/29/51 to bus-77th St.)
Roosevelt Shuttle [12] (8/12/51 from Lawndale, 4/12/53 discontinued)
Indiana [38] (5/24/53 to bus-52nd St.)
43rd-Root [43] (8/9/53 to bus-Archer)
Cottage Grove [4] (6/19/55 to bus-77th St.)

The 35th St. and 47th St. streetcar routes were temporarily transferred from Archer for their final years as streetcar routes, allowing Archer to become a bus only facility.


69TH STREET

Closed 6/18/95
Last streetcars 9/5/54
First buses 5/24/53

As streetcar routes were eliminated, replacement bus routes were temporarily based at 77th St. and Archer, returned to 69th St. as 69th St. was later adapted to accommodate buses.

South Damen [48] (1/26/48 to bus-77th St., 5/30/54 returned to 69th St.)
Wallace-Racine [44] (2/15/48 transferred to 77th, 7/27/51 to bus, 5/30/54 to 69th St.)
59th-61st [59] (2/15/48 to bus-Archer, 9/5/54 returned to 69th St.)
63rd St. [63] (5/24/53 to bus-77th St., 5/30/54 returned to 69th St.)
67th-69th-71st [67] (5/24/53 to bus)
Ashland [9/45] (2/14/54 to bus)
Western [10/49] (2/15/48 transferred from Archer, 9/5/54 transferred to 77th)

Western route remained a streetcar route until 6/17/56, temporarily transferred to 77th St. to allow 69th St. to become strictly a bus garage. Upon conversion to buses, route returned to 69th St. Bus route remained at 69th St. until 6/18/95, when 69th St. Garage closed and route was transferred to Archer.


77TH STREET
Still in use for buses
Last streetcars 6/21/58
First buses 5/5/30

As streetcar routes were eliminated, replacement bus routes were generally also based at 77th St.

Vincennes [42A] (7/22/46 to bus)
Lake-State [16] (10/7/46 Through Route discontinued)
74th-75th [75] (10/28/46 to bus)
71st St. [71] (5/22/47 to bus)
87th [87] (5/27/51 to bus-Beverly)
93rd-95th [93] (9/12/49 transferred from Burnside, 5/27/51 to bus-Beverly)
Stony Island [28] (transferred from Burnside, 6/29/51 to bus)
Wallace-Racine [44] (2/15/48 to 5/30/54 temporarily from 69th St., 7/27/51 to bus)
79th St. [79] (9/16/51 to bus)
Halsted [8/42] (5/30/54 to bus)
Cottage Grove [4] (transferred from Burnside, 7/1/51 transferred to Cottage Grove)
State [36] (12/5/55 to bus)
Western [49] (9/5/54 to 6/17/56 temporarily from 69th St., 6/17/56 to bus-69th St.)
Wentworth [22] (6/21/58 to bus)

When Burnside closed on 9/12/49. 77th St. assumed runs from the Cottage Grove, Stony Island, and 93rd-95th routes. Additional runs of the Cottage Grove and Stony Island routes were based at Cottage Grove car house until those routes were converted to buses, when all runs of each route were consolidated at 77th St.


Information is from the book "Chicago Surface Lines, an Illustrated History", by Alan R. Lind, from various issues of the magazine "Motor Coach Age", and the magazine "First & Fastest", published by the Shore Line Historical Society. In addition, special thanks to Roy G. Benedict, editor of "First & Fastest", for providing additional information using research originally done by the late James J. Buckley.