For each bus garage, bus routes are generally listed in the order in which they began operating at that garage. Unless noted, streetcar routes which these bus routes had replaced, had been based at the same garage/car house.
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 into bus garages, resulting in further changes in route assignments. Longer routes generally had runs divided among more than one garage.
Various route changes were made over the years, with many changes involving routes being combined, or being split into separate routes, or a portion of one route becoming a portion of another route. Such changes as are generally not documented here if they did not significantly affect garage assignments. The Surface Transit Routes - Past And Present section of this Web site includes more detailed information on these changes.
Not included are certain downtown shuttle routes, many of which would be divided among more than one garage, and operationally were usually extensions of various main line bus routes between downtown and different parts of Chicago.
62A West Archer (6/25/34 new route, 5/30/48 combined into route 62)
47A West 47th (5/26/35 new route, 4/15/51 combined into route 47)
53A South Pulaski (1/25/37 new route)
54B South Cicero (1/6/41 replaces streetcar)
39A West Pershing (8/28/45 replaces streetcar, 2/15/48 combined into route 39)
94 South California (12/2/45 new route)
51A 51st-55th (9/9/46 new route, combined into trolleybus route 51 6/20/48)
62X Archer Express (10/21/46 new route)
59A West 59th (3/24/47, combined into route 59 5/30/48)
15 Canal-Wacker (5/8/47 new route, 1/24/82 discontinued)
39 Pershing (2/15/48 replaces streetcar from Cottage Grove)
59 59th-61st (2/15/48 replaces streetcar from 69th St., 9/5/54 returned to 69th St.)
26 26th St. (2/29/48 replaces streetcar, 11/10/75 discontinued)
31 31st St. (2/29/48 replaces streetcar)
63W West 63rd (4/11/48 new route)
62 Archer (5/30/48 replaces streetcar)
51 51st-55th (5/30/48 replaces streetcar)
31A West 31st (12/4/49 new route)
35 35th St. (4/15/51 replaces streetcar temporarily at Cottage Grove)
47 47th St. (4/15/51 replaces streetcar temporarily at Cottage Grove)
52 Kedzie-California (5/11/52 weekends, 5/30/54 to Kedzie)
43 43rd-Root (8/9/53 replaces streetcar from Cottage Grove, 9/5/54 to 52nd St.)
23 Morgan-Racine (1/16/55 from Blue Island, 9/13/81 discontinued)
47 47th St. (3/12/52 to 6/20/65)
51 51st-55th (6/20/48 to 6/20/59)
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.
Routes 59 and 43 temporarily were based at Archer, when Archer was more ready to accommodate the buses which replaced the streetcars.
Last streetcars 9/5/54
First buses 5/24/53
As 69th St. was later adapted to accommodate buses, four bus routes returned to 69th St., after having temporarily being based at Archer and 77th St. after being converted from streetcars.
67 67th-69th-71st (5/24/53 replaces streetcar)
110 Marquette (5/24/53 from 52nd St.)
9 Ashland (2/14/54 replaces streetcar)
45 Ashland-Downtown (2/14/54 replaces streetcar)
44 Wallace-Racine (5/30/54 returned from 77th St. as bus route)
48 South Damen (5/30/54 returned from 77th St. as bus route)
63 63rd St. (5/30/54 returned from 77th St. as bus route)
59 59th-61st (9/5/54 returned from Archer as bus route)
55 Garfield (9/5/54 from 52nd St.)
49 Western (6/17/56 replaces streetcar temporarily at 77th St.)
Western route 49 remained a streetcar route until 6/17/56, temporarily transferred 9/5/54 to 77th St. to allow 69th St. to become strictly a bus garage. Upon conversion to buses, route returned to 69th St.
Route 55 was a former Chicago Motor Coach Co. route 6, transferred from the former CMC's 52nd St. Garage.
103A West 103rd (5/5/30 new route, 10/13/41 combined into route 103)
87B West 87th (5/5/35 new route, 5/27/51 to Beverly/combined into route 87)
95 West 95th (5/19/35 new route, 5/27/51 to Beverly/combined with route 93)
71A East 71st (5/20/35 new route, 5/22/47 combined into route 71)
8A South Halsted (10/17/38 new route, 12/4/49 to Beverly)
111A West 111th (9/11/39 new route, 12/4/49 to Beverly)
83 83rd (9/18/39 new route, 9/8/63 combined into route 95-Beverly)
106 106th St. (8/13/41 replaces streetcar from Burnside, 12/4/49 to Beverly)
103 103rd St. (10/13/41 replaces streetcar from Burnside, 12/4/49 to Beverly)
79A West 79th (11/2/42 new route, 4/2/67 combined into route 79)
89 Jeffery/100th (4/12/45 new route, 3/26/72 discontinued)
111 111th St. (9/23/45 replaces streetcar from Burnside, 12/4/49 to Beverly)
115 115th St. (9/23/45 replaces streetcar from Burnside, 12/4/49 to Beverly)
119 119th St. (2/3/46 replaces streetcar from Burnside, 12/4/49 to Beverly)
48A South Damen Extension (8/12/46 new route, 1/26/48 combined into route 48)
52A South Kedzie (8/19/46 new route, 12/4/49 to Beverly)
34 Riverdale (9/9/46 replaces streetcar from Burnside, 12/4/49 to Beverly)
30 South Chicago (10/21/46 replaces streetcar from Burnside)
27A Torrence (10/21/46 replaces streetcar from Burnside, 9/13/81 discontinued)
75 74th-75th (10/28/46 replaces streetcar, 4/3/77 to 69th St.)
71 71st St. (5/22/47 replaces streetcar, 4/3/77 to 69th St.)
48 South Damen (1/26/48 replaces streetcar from 69th St., 5/30/54 return to 69th St.)
24 Windsor Park (4/25/48 replaces streetcar from Burnside, 9/7/63 discontinued)
27 South Deering (4/25/48 replaces streetcar from Burnside)
49A South Western (8/1/48 new route, 12/4/49 to Beverly)
28 Stony Island (12/4/49 weekends, 6/29/51 replaces streetcar)
44 Wallace-Racine (12/4/49 weekends, 7/27/51 to bus, 5/30/54 return to 69th St.)
79 79th St. (2/11/51 weekends, 9/16/51 replaces streetcar)
8 Halsted (11/25/51 weekends, 5/30/54 replaces streetcar)
42 Halsted-Downtown (11/25/51 weekends, 5/30/54 replaces streetcar)
63 63rd St. (12/7/52 weekends, 5/24/53 replaces streetcar from 69th St., 5/30/54 return to 69th St.)
9 Ashland (5/11/52 weekends, 2/14/54 to 69th St.)
49 Western (12/7/52 weekends, 9/5/54 to 69th St.)
3 King Drive (5/24/53 from 52nd St.)
29 State (9/5/54 weekends, 12/5/55 replaces streetcar)
24 Wentworth (9/5/54 weekends, 6/21/58 replaces streetcar)
4 Cottage Grove (6/19/55 replaces streetcar)
Routes 44, 48, and 63 from 69th St. temporarily were based at 77th St., when 77th St. was more ready to accommodate the buses which replaced the streetcars.