CHICAGO BUS AND STREETCAR ROUTES

ROUTES 90-99

Unless noted, all extension or replacement bus routes were operated by the same companies which had introduced the streetcar routes. In 1908, Calumet Electric Street Railway and South Chicago City Railway merged to form Calumet & South Chicago Railway. Prior to the formation of CTA, Chicago Railways was the only company operating trolleybuses.


90 Harlem
Bus route introduced by Chicago Railways

10/2/45 - introduced as bus route, between Higgins Rd. and Touhy Ave.
5/23/46 - service extended west on Foster Ave. to Canfield
10/28/46 - service extended south to Grand, Foster segment transferred to route 92A
2/27/83 - North Harlem segment transferred to new route 90N North Harlem
6/18/2006 - service extended south from Grand to Lake, coexisting with Pace route 307

Original 90 Harlem route was over segment presently route 90N. Route extended south over present route 90 segment 10/28/46, operating through between Touhy and Grand. Route split into two present segments, upon opening of new rapid transit station at Harlem/Higgins.

Bus Garage: Lawrence (10/2/45-5/30/54)
North Park (5/30/54-12/4/55)
Forest Glen (12/4/55-present)


90N North Harlem
Bus route introduced by Chicago Railways

10/2/45 - introduced as bus route, between Higgins Rd. and Touhy Ave.
5/23/46 - service extended west on Foster Ave. to Canfield
10/28/46 - service extended south to Grand, Foster segment transferred to route 92A
2/27/83 - route split off from route 90 Harlem, as separate route
12/16/2012 - discontinued

Route extended south over present route 90 segment 10/28/46, operating through between Touhy and Grand. Route split into two segments, upon opening of new rapid transit station at Harlem/Higgins. At that same time, Pace introduced its route 228, replaced in 2005 with Pace route 423, now the only service via Harlem north of the station.

Sunday service discontinued 2/2/92

Bus Garage: Lawrence (10/2/45-5/30/54)
North Park (5/30/54-12/4/55)
Forest Glen (12/4/55-12/16/2012)


91 Austin
Bus route introduced by Chicago Motor Coach Co. (south of North Ave.)
Bus route introduced by Chicago Railways (north of North Ave.)

10/12/25 - introduced by CMC as bus route 33 Austin, between Roosevelt and Lake St.
3/2/26 - extended north to North Ave.
10/3/28 - service extended north via Narragansett Ave. as route 33 Narragansett-Austin
6/29/30 - Narragansett segment replaced by trolleybus route 86
9/6/42 - bus route 91 Austin introduced, between North Ave. and Higgins Rd.
8/15/46 - bus route 91 extended north via Nagle Ave. to Devon Ave.
2/1/53 - route 91 and CMC route 33 combined by CTA into one bus route 91 Austin
1/24/82 - most service via Nagle Ave. discontinued, instead operating to Jefferson Park
6/18/2006 - remaining service via Nagle Ave. transferred to route 86

Service south of North Ave. was originally provided by Chicago Motor Coach route 33 Narragansett-Austin, which was later extended north, operating via Narragansett Ave. between North Ave. and Irving Park Rd. During that same period, CMC operated a supplemental route 45 Austin south of North Ave. When CMC Narragansett segment was replaced with trolleybus route 86, CMC was left with its original segment on Austin Blvd., route 33, with route 45 discontinued.

Bus Garage: North Ave. (9/6/42-12/4/55)
Forest Glen (12/4/55-present)


92 Foster
Bus route introduced by Chicago Railways

7/1/37 - introduced as bus route 90 Foster
1/27/43 - route combined with route 89 Northwest Highway, forming route 92
2/1/70 - route formed as separate route again

Through route 92 Foster-Northwest Highway formed as part of wartime conservation efforts, split again at new Jefferson Park station, when rapid transit service was extended to Jefferson Park.

Owl service discontinued 9/13/81

Bus Garage: Ardmore (7/1/37-1/27/43)
Lawrence (1/27/43-5/30/54)
North Park (5/30/54-9/7/57)
Forest Glen (9/7/57-present)


92A West Foster
Bus route introduced by Chicago Railways

5/23/46 - introduced as bus route extending route 90 Harlem, west on Foster Ave. to Canfield
10/28/46 - service becomes route 92A West Foster, split from route 90
10/17/48 - service extended east from Harlem Ave. to Higgins Ave.
10/22/50 - service extended east from Higgins Ave. to Milwaukee Ave.
2/20/55 - route combined into route 85A Foster-Central
2/1/70 - restructured as route 64 Foster-Lawrence
2/27/83 - route 64 restructured into three separate routes 69, 81W, and 92W
1/24/88 - route 92W discontinued

Upon extension of rapid transit from Logan Square to new Jefferson Park terminal, route reconfigured as route 64 Foster-Lawrence, operating in loop from new Jefferson Park terminal via Lawrence, Canfield, and Foster. When rapid transit was extended further west, route further restructured into three separate routes 69 Foster-East River, 81W West Lawrence, and 92W West Foster. Route 92W operated between Jefferson Park and the new Harlem station.

Bus Garage: Lawrence (5/23/46-5/30/54)
North Park (5/30/54-12/4/55)
Forest Glen (12/4/55-1/24/88)


93 93rd-95th

Former route number of present route 95E.


93 California/Dodge
Bus route introduced by Chicago Railways

8/12/46 - introduced as bus route 94A North California, operating to Howard St.
9/9/56 - route combined into route 82A Kedzie-Homan
2/1/70 - route becomes separate route 93, operating via Kedzie south to Logan Square
1/24/82 - Kedzie segment temporarily discontinued, route 93 assumes present form to Howard
6/21/82 - Kedzie Ave. service restored, as a separate route 89 North Kedzie
2/2/92 - route 89 North Kedzie discontinued
6/22/2003 - combined with Evanston route 204 Dodge, forming route 93 California/Dodge

Owl service discontinued 9/13/81
Sunday service discontinued 2/2/92

Bus Garage: Ardmore (8/12/46-5/29/50)
North Park (5/29/50-present)


94 South California
Bus route introduced by Chicago Railways (north of 31st St.)
Bus route introduced by Chicago City Railway (south of 31st St.)

12/2/45 - introduced as bus route 94 South California

Bus Garage: Archer (12/2/45-9/7/86)
Lawndale (9/7/86-1/9/94)
Archer (1/9/94-2/7/2010)
74th St. (2/7/2010-present)


95 93rd-95th
Streetcar route introduced by Calumet Electric Street Railway

1890 - electric streetcar service introduced from South Chicago to Stony Island
1892 - extended west to Cottage Grove
1892 - "West Pullman" streetcar route introduced, between Cottage Grove and Michigan Ave.
7/4/10 - original "Pullman" route extended south via Cottage Grove to 115th St.
8/12/18 - service via Cottage Grove discontinued, takes present form as one route
5/27/51 - streetcar route converted to buses, combined into route 95 93rd-95th
9/8/63 - combined with route 83 83rd, connected at east ends
11/25/79 - route 95 split into routes 95E and 95W at 95th/Dan Ryan terminal
12/28/97 - Buffalo-Burley-83rd St. segment discontinued
9/4/2016 - routes 95E and 95W recombined into route 95

Was previously route 93. Service in early years was part of two separate routes. The "Pullman" route originally basically consisted of the present route east of Cottage Grove. While the "West Pullman" route operated south from 71st St./Cottage Grove via Cottage Grove, 95th St., and Michigan Ave. south. Effective 7/4/10, the Pullman route was extended south via Cottage Grove to 115th St. Route took present form effective 8/12/18, with one route between South Chicago and State St. Though from 5/27/51 after conversion to buses, until 11/25/79, was combined with 95 bus route west of State St. And from 9/8/63 to 12/28/97 was combined with 83 route. That combined route operated via Buffalo and Burley between 92nd St. and 83rd St., replacing segment of route 27 South Deering, which at time was revised to operate via Commercial between 92nd St. and 83rd St., replacing discontinued route 24 Windsor Park.

Owl service discontinued 2/2/92, replaced by route 5

Car House: Burnside (until 9/12/49)
77th St. (9/12/49-5/27/51)
Bus Garage: Beverly (5/27/51-4/3/77)
77th St. (4/3/77-6/26/88)
103rd St. (6/26/88-present)


95 West 95th
Bus route introduced by Calumet & South Chicago Railway (east of Vincennes)
Bus route introduced by Chicago City Railway (west of Vincennes)

5/19/35 - introduced as bus route 95 West 95th
5/27/51 - combined with 93 93rd-95th route after conversion of that route to buses
11/25/79 - route 95 split into routes 95E and 95W at Dan Ryan terminal
9/4/2016 - routes 95E and 95W recombined into route 95

Bus Garage: 77th St. (5/19/35-5/27/51)
Beverly (5/27/51-4/3/77)
77th St. (4/3/77-3/23/2008)
103rd St. (3/23/2008-present)


96 Lunt
Bus route introduced by Chicago Motor Coach Co. (via Lunt)
Bus route introduced by Chicago Railways (via Touhy)

6/2/25 - introduced by CMC as bus route 54 Lunt
11/18/46 - Chicago Railways introduces bus route 96 Touhy
10/1/52 - CMC renumbered route 154 after CTA takeover of CMC
9/9/56 - routes 96 and 154 combined by CTA into one bus route 96 Lunt-Touhy
9/13/81 - service via Rogers and Touhy discontinued

Route 96 originally operated between the Howard St. terminal and California Ave. via Rogers and Touhy. Route largely duplicated a United Motor Coach route, which evolved to Pace route 290, which now provides all service over that segment. After routes 96 and 154 were combined, route consisted of two branches.

Weekend service discontinued 10/5/97

Bus Garage: Ardmore (11/18/46-5/29/50)
North Park (5/29/50-9/9/56)
Rosemont (9/9/56-9/7/57)
North Park (9/7/57-present)


97 Skokie
Bus route introduced by CTA

3/27/48 - introduced as bus route

Replaced local rapid transit service between Howard Street and Skokie, which had operated via Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee Railroad trackage. After the North Shore Line ceased operation in 1963, CTA service would resume the following year as the "Skokie Swift", operating non stop between Howard St. and Dempster St.

Owl service discontinued 9/7/76

Bus Garage: Ardmore (3/27/48-5/29/50)
North Park (5/29/50-present)


98 Roscoe
Horse car route introduced by North Chicago City Railway
Streetcar route introduced by North Chicago Street Railroad/Chicago Railways

1887 - horse car service introduced, operating to and from downtown via Lincoln and Clark
1889 - through service discontinued south of Wrightwood/Lincoln, connecting with cable cars
1895 - route converted to electric streetcar
10/21/06 - downtown service restored, with conversion of entire Lincoln route to electric streetcars
7/20/14 - downtown routing changed to via Larrabee, combined with Larrabee route
9/1/47 - Riverview segment discontinued, replaced with Lincoln-Larrabee route via Lincoln Ave.
9/29/47 - Riverview segment restored as rush hour branch
1/9/49 - Riverview segment converted to buses, split off as separate route 98 Roscoe
8/5/73 - discontinued

Variation of Lincoln route, operated between Lincoln/Belmont/Ashland and Western/Roscoe via Belmont, Damen, and Roscoe. At Western Ave. was the old Riverview amusement park. With conversion to buses effective 1/9/49, became a shuttle route to and from Lincoln/Belmont/Ashland.

Operated rush hours only

Bus Garage: Limits


98 Avon Express
Bus route introduced by CTA

6/24/2002 - introduced as bus route

Route serves Avon Co. headquarters in Glenview, and replaced Pace bus route 424.

Operated during shift change hours only

Bus Garage: North Park (6/24/2002-3/31/2013)
Forest Glen (3/31/2013-present)


99 Stevenson Express
Bus route introduced by CTA

10/26/64 - introduced as variation of 62X Archer Express as bus route
2/29/76 - renumbered route 99, renamed Stevenson Express
9/5/97 - discontinued

Operated between downtown and Harlem/Archer, using the Stevenson expressway and Archer Ave. Discontinued, with most riders having switched to new Midway rapid transit line.

No weekend service

Bus Garage: Archer


99M Midway Express
Bus route introduced by CTA

2/6/78 - introduced as bus route
7/3/94 - discontinued

Operated between downtown and Midway Airport via Stevenson Expressway. Discontinued, with most riders having switched to new Midway rapid transit line.

Operated rush hours only

Bus Garage: Archer