BUS GARAGES/BUS ROUTE ASSIGNMENTS

(CHICAGO SURFACE LINES/CTA GARAGES)

Route assignment information is mostly from the beginning of bus operation through around 1973, with the end of trolleybus operation, and the beginning of route cutbacks and bus garage closures.

For each bus garage, bus routes are generally listed in the order in which they began operating at that garage. 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.


ARDMORE GARAGE
Closed 5/29/50

Ardmore housed three bus routes prior to World War II.

82 Kimball (7/1/37 replaces trolleybus from Elston, suspended 12/1/42)
90 Foster (7/1/37 new route, 1/27/43 to Lawrence)
84 Peterson (6/19/39 new route, 1/27/43 to Lawrence)

As part of wartime conservation efforts, route 82 service was suspended, and routes 84 and 90 were based at newly leased Lawrence Ave. Garage, although buses continued to be stored at Ardmore.

After World War II, bus service was again based at Ardmore.

82 Kimball (10/1/45 restored, 5/29/50 to North Park)
94A North California (8/12/46 new route, 5/29/50 to North Park)
96 Touhy (11/18/46 new route, 5/29/50 to North Park)
46 Southport (8/31/47 replaces streetcar extension, 5/29/50 to Limits)
37 Taylor-Sedgwick (9/1/47 replaces streetcar from Limits, 5/29/50 to Limits)
36A Devon (12/15/47 replaces streetcar extension, 5/29/50 to North Park)
97 Skokie (3/27/48 new route, 5/29/50 to North Park)
49B North Western (8/1/48 replaces streetcar extension, 5/29/50 to North Park)
50A North Damen (8/1/48 from Limits, 5/29/50 to North Park)
82A Kedzie-Homan (12/4/49 replaces streetcar extension, 5/29/50 to North Park)

Route 36A replaced an extension of the Broadway streetcar route. And route 82A was extended north on Kedzie, replacing an extension of Kedzie streetcar route, with runs shared between Ardmore and Lawndale.

Ardmore Garage closed 5/29/50 when North Park Garage opened, with most bus routes transferred there.


LAWRENCE GARAGE
Opened 1/27/43
Closed 5/30/54

As part of wartime conservation efforts, Lawrence Garage was leased, with several bus routes transferred there. After World War II, additional new bus routes were introduced.

Motor Buses:
84 Peterson (1/27/43 from Ardmore, 5/30/54 to North Park)
85A North Central (1/27/43 from North Ave., 5/30/54 to North Park)
88 Higgins (1/27/43 from North Ave., 5/30/54 to North Park)
92 Foster-Northwest Hwy. (1/27/43 from North Ave., Ardmore, 5/30/54 to North Park)
90 Harlem (10/2/45 new route, 5/30/54 to North Park)
78 Montrose (7/29/46 replaces streetcar from Elston, 4/19/48 to trolleybus)
53B North Pulaski (10/28/46 new route, 5/29/50 to North Park)
92A West Foster (10/28/46 new route, 5/30/54 to North Park)
54A North Cicero (3/24/47 new route, 5/30/54 to North Park)

Trolleybuses:
78A West Montrose (1/27/43 from North Ave., 4/24/47 combined into bus route 78)
85 Central (1/27/43 from North Ave., certain runs, 5/30/54 to North Park)
78 Montrose (4/19/48 trolleybus replaces temporary bus, 5/30/54 to North Park)
81 Lawrence (4/1/51 trolleybus replaces streetcar from Devon, 5/30/54 to North Park)

Route 92 was formed by combining route 89 from North Ave and route 90 from Ardmore.

On 4/24/47, trolleybus service suspended on route 78A, with motor bus service combined with temporary motor bus service on main Montrose route 78. And on 4/19/48, route 78 became a through trolleybus route.

Trolleybuses were actually stored in a lot at Central/Avondale.

Upon closure, all runs temporarily transferred to North Park Garage, later to Forest Glen Garage once that garage was opened.


NORTH PARK GARAGE
Opened 5/29/50

155 Devon (5/29/50 from Ardmore)
41 Clybourn (5/29/50 from Limits, 4/28/57 to Forest Glen)
49B North Western (5/29/50 from Ardmore)
50A North Damen (5/29/50 from Ardmore, 5/13/51 combined into route 50, 9/7/57 temporarily to Limits)
53B North Pulaski (5/29/50 from Lawrence, 9/16/51 combined into trolleybus route 53-North Ave.)
82 Kimball (5/29/50 from Ardmore)
82A Kedzie-Homan (5/29/50 from Ardmore 2/1/70 combined into route 82)
93 North California (5/29/50 from Ardmore)
96 Lunt (5/29/50 from Ardmore, 9/9/56 to Rosemont, 9/7/57 to North Park)
97 Skokie (5/29/50 from Ardmore)
55 Elston (1/21/51 replaces streetcar from Elston, 12/4/55 to Forest Glen)
10 Lincoln-Larrabee (2/18/51 replaces streetcar from Lincoln)
11 Lincoln (3/11/51 replaces streetcar from Lincoln)
81A East Lawrence (4/1/51 new route, 2/1/70 discontinued)
52 Kedzie-California (5/11/52 weekends, 5/30/54 to Kedzie)
56 Milwaukee (10/28/51 weekends, 5/11/52 replaces streetcar from Armitage, 12/4/55 to Forest Glen)
49 Western (12/7/52 weekends, 6/17/56 replaces streetcar from Devon)
36 Broadway (9/5/54 weekends, 2/16/57 replaces streetcar from Devon)
22 Clark (9/5/54 weekends, 9/7/57 replaces streetcar from Devon)
151 Sheridan (9/7/57 from Rosemont)
152 Addison (3/25/73 from Keeler, 4/3/77 to Forest Glen)
50 Damen (2/9/64 returned from Limits)

When route 50 was converted from streetcars to buses, route 50A was absorbed, with runs shared between North Park and Blue Island.

Route 53B was combined into main Pulaski route 53 on 9/16/51, when that route was converted to trolleybuses, based at North Ave.

Upon closure of Lawrence 5/30/54, the following routes were temporarily transferred to North Park Garage. On 12/4/55, all routes would be transferred to the newly opened Forest Glen Garage, along with routes 55 and 56. Routes 84 and 92 were transferred to Forest Glen 9/7/57.

54A North Cicero
78 Montrose (trolleybus)
81 Lawrence (trolleybus)
84 Peterson
85 Central (trolleybus, certain runs)
85A North Central
88 Higgins
90 Harlem
92 Foster-Northwest Hwy.
92A West Foster

Trolleybuses continued to be stored at Central/Avondale during this period.

On 2/20/55, routes 85A and 92A combined into route 85A Foster-Central.


FOREST GLEN GARAGE
Opened 12/4/55

Motor Buses:
13 Elston (12/4/55 from North Park, 9/9/73 discontinued)
54A North Cicero (12/4/55 from North Park)
56 Milwaukee (12/4/55 from North Park)
85A North Central (12/4/55 from North Park)
86 Narragansett (12/4/55 from North Ave., 12/4/60 return to North Ave.)
88 Higgins (12/4/55 from North Park)
90 Harlem (12/4/55 from North Park)
91 Austin (12/4/55 from North Ave.)
41 Elston-Clybourn (4/28/57 from North Park)
84 Peterson (9/7/57 from North Park)
92 Foster-Northwest Hwy. (9/7/57 from North Park)
152 Addison (4/3/77 from North Park)

Trolleybuses:
78 Montrose (12/4/55 trolleybus from North Park, 1/13/73 to bus)
80 Irving Park (12/4/55 trolleybus from North Ave, 1/13/73 to bus)
81 Lawrence (12/4/55 trolleybus from North Park, 12/13/69 to bus)
85 Central (12/4/55 trolleybus from North Ave./North Park, 1/17/70 to bus)

On 4/28/57, routes 41 and 55 restructured into route 41 Elston-Clybourn and route 13 Elston.

Additional new feeder bus routes were created during the 1970's and 1980's, as the rapid transit line was extended from Logan Square through Jefferson Park to O'Hare Airport. All such bus routes would be based at Forest Glen.

Route 152 was also based at North Park and Limits, after the 3/25/73 closure of the former Chicago Motor Coach Co. Keeler Garage.

On 9/7/86 upon closure of North Ave., routes 76, 77, and 86 were transferred to Forest Glen. On 7/3/94, route 76 went to Chicago Ave. when that new garage opened.


BEVERLY GARAGE
Opened 12/4/49
Closed 6/26/88

34 South Michigan (12/4/49 from 77th St.)
8A South Halsted (12/4/49 from 77th St.)
49A South Western (12/4/49 from 77th St.)
52A South Kedzie (12/4/49 from 77th St.)
95 West 95th (12/4/49 from 77th St., 5/27/51 combined with streetcar route 93)
103 103rd St./106th St. (12/4/49 from 77th St.)
111 111th St. (12/4/49 from 77th St.)
112 Vincennes-111th (12/4/49 replaces streetcar extension from 77th St.)
115 115th St. (12/4/49 from 77th St., 6/16/63 combined into route 111)
119 119th St. (12/4/49 from 77th St., 6/16/63 discontinued)
87 87th St. (5/27/51 from 77th St. including streetcar replacement, 3/26/72 to 77th St.)
95 93rd-95th (5/27/51 from 77th St. including streetcar replacement, 4/3/77 to 77th St.)

Bus routes 87 and 95 were formed by converting two streetcar lines to buses and combining them with existing bus routes.


Information is from the book "Chicago Surface Lines, an Illustrated History", by Alan R. Lind, and from various issues of the magazine "Motor Coach Age".