TRANSIT SYSTEMS IN CONNECTICUT

MAJOR CITIES


CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Connecticut Transit

Provides comprehensive transit coverage throughout much of state. Serves all areas except where separate transit systems are indicated.


Bridgeport

CITY TRANSIT HISTORY
1864-1893 - Bridgeport Horse Railroad Co.
1893-1900 - Bridgeport Traction Co.
1900-1901 - Connecticut Light & Power Co.
1901-1905 - Connecticut Railway & Lighting Co. (United Gas Improvement Co.)
1905-1936 - Connecticut Co. (leased)
1936-1943 - Connecticut Railway & Lighting Co. (United Gas Improvement Co.)
1943-1972 - Connecticut Railway & Lighting Co.
1937 - streetcars discontinued

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority


Bristol

CITY TRANSIT HISTORY
1895-1921 - Bristol & Plainville Tramway Co.
1921-1927 - Bristol & Plainville Electric Co.
1927-1940 - Bristol Traction Co. (United Gas Improvement Co.)
1935 - streetcars discontinued
1940-1965 - Bristol Traction Co.
After 1965 - New Britain Transportation Co.


Danbury

CITY TRANSIT HISTORY
1887-1926 - Danbury & Bethel Street Railway Co.
1926 - streetcars discontinued
1926-1965 - Danbury Power & Transportation Co.
1965-1967 - Candlewood Bus Co.
1967-1973 - no transit service
1973-1978 - Danbury-Bethel Transit District

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Housatonic Area Regional Transit


Hartford

CITY TRANSIT HISTORY
1862-1893 - several companies
1893-1904 - Hartford Street Railway
1904-1907 - Consolidated Railway
1907-1976 - Connecticut Co.
1941 - streetcars discontinued


Meriden

CITY TRANSIT HISTORY
Prior to 1886 - Meriden Horse Railroad Co.
1886-1904 - Meriden Electric Railroad
1904-1907 - Consolidated Railway
1907-1959 - Connecticut Co.
1931 - streetcars discontinued
1959-1967 - H & W Transit Co.
1967-1968 - Connecticut Co.
After 1968 - Joseph H. McMahon Co.


Middletown

CITY TRANSIT HISTORY
1887-1904 - Middletown Street Railway
1904-1907 - Consolidated Railway
1907-1959 - Connecticut Co.
1930 - streetcars discontinued
1959-1967 - H & W Transit Co.
Period of no transit service

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Middletown Transit District


New Britain

CITY TRANSIT HISTORY
1886-1899 - Central Railway & Electric Co.
1899-1901 - Connecticut Light & Power Co.
1901-1905 - Connecticut Railway & Lighting Co. (United Gas Improvement Co.)
1905-1936 - Connecticut Co. (leased)
1936-1943 - Connecticut Railway & Lighting Co. (United Gas Improvement Co.)
1943-1972 - Connecticut Railway & Lighting Co.
1937 - streetcars discontinued
After 1927 - New Britain Transportation Co.


New Haven

CITY TRANSIT HISTORY
1861-1904 - Fair Haven & Westville Railroad
1904-1907 - Consolidated Railway
1907-1976 - Connecticut Co.
1948 - streetcars discontinued


New London/Norwich

CITY TRANSIT HISTORY
1882-1904 - Norwich Street Railway
1892-1893 - New London Horse Railway
1893-1904 - New London Street Railway
1904-1907 - Consolidated Railway
1907-1913 - Connecticut Co.
1913-1920 - Shore Line Electric Railway (leased)
1920-1961 - Connecticut Co.
1936 - streetcars discontinued
1961-1968 - Thames Valley Transit
After 1968 - Savin Transit Co.

OUTLYING TRANSIT HISTORY (GROTON)
1904-1916 - Groton & Stonington Street Railway
1916-1923 - Shore Line Electric Railway
1923-1939 - Groton & Stonington Traction Co.
1928 - streetcars discontinued
After 1939 - New Haven & Shore Line Railway

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Southeast Area Transit


Norwalk

CITY TRANSIT HISTORY
1862-1895 - Norwalk Horse Railroad Co.
1895-1899 - Norwalk Street Railway
1899-1901 - Connecticut Light & Power Co.
1901-1905 - Connecticut Railway & Lighting Co. (United Gas Improvement Co.)
1905-1936 - Connecticut Co. (leased)
1935 - streetcars discontinued
1936-1943 - Connecticut Railway & Lighting Co. (United Gas Improvement Co.)
1943-1970 - Connecticut Railway & Lighting Co.
1970-1978 - no transit service

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Norwalk Transit District (WHEELS)


Old Saybrook

CITY TRANSIT HISTORY
None known

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Estuary Transit District


Stamford

CITY TRANSIT HISTORY
1886-1889 - Stamford Horse Railroad
1889-1904 - Stamford Street Railroad
1904-1907 - Consolidated Railway
1907-1976 - Connecticut Co.
1933 - streetcars discontinued


Torrington

CITY TRANSIT HISTORY
1897-1906 - Torrington & Winchester Street Railway
1906-1907 - Consolidated Railway
1907-1929 - Connecticut Co.
1929 - streetcars discontinued
1929-1937 - New England Transportation Co.
Private bus co. in 1952 - City Bus Line

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Northwestern Connecticut Transit District


Waterbury

CITY TRANSIT HISTORY
Prior to 1893 - several companies
1893-1899 - Waterbury Traction Co.
1899-1901 - Connecticut Light & Power Co.
1901-1905 - Connecticut Railway & Lighting Co. (United Gas Improvement Co.)
1905-1936 - Connecticut Co. (leased)
1936-1943 - Connecticut Railway & Lighting Co. (United Gas Improvement Co.)
1943-1972 - Connecticut Railway & Lighting Co.
1937 - streetcars discontinued

OUTLYING TRANSIT HISTORY (DERBY)
1888-1900 - Derby Street Railway Co.
1900-1901 - Connecticut Light & Power Co.
1901-1905 - Connecticut Railway & Lighting Co. (United Gas Improvement Co.)
1905-1936 - Connecticut Co. (leased)
1936-1943 - Connecticut Railway & Lighting Co. (United Gas Improvement Co.)
1943-1972 - Connecticut Railway & Lighting Co.
1937 - streetcars discontinued


Willimantic

CITY TRANSIT HISTORY
None known

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Windham Region Transit District


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