CTA Surface System History presented by the Illinois Railway Museum
The numbering system was devised by the late Don Liberko, who worked extensively on cataloging the different styles. It has been enhanced to include newer versions and versions not included in his cataloging.
We are currently working with transfer experts to verify/correct/populate transfer style dates. Currently they are our best estimates. Once solid dates are established (and new styles discovered), the style numbers may change to reflect the correct chronology.
Transfers by Type
Part 1 - Pre Clock Face - Before 1932
Part 2 - Clock Face - Chicago Surface Lines (1932-1947)
Part 3 - Individual Routes - Chicago Transit Authority (1947-1973)
Part 4 - Post Individual Routes - Chicago Transit Authority (1974 and after)
Rapid Transit Transfers
Century of Progress Transfers - 1933 & 1934
Chicago Motor Coach Transfers
Chicago Rapid Transit Weekly Passes (1937-1942) & Quarterly Passes (1932-1938)
Chicago Transit Authority Weekly Passes (1951-1952)
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