TRANSIT SYSTEMS IN PENNSYLVANIA

PHILADELPHIA AREA


Philadelphia

CITY TRANSIT HISTORY
1857-1895 - several companies
1895-1902 - Union Traction Co.
1902-1940 - Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co.
1940-1955 - Philadelphia Transportation Co.
1955-1966 - Philadelphia Transportation Co. (National City Lines)
1966-1968 - Philadelphia Transportation Co.
1923-2003 - operated trolleybuses
Still has streetcars

SUBURBAN TRANSIT HISTORY (UPPER DARBY)
1859-1895 - several companies
1895-1936 - Philadelphia & West Chester Traction Co.
1936-1970 - Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Co.
Still has streetcars

SUBURBAN TRANSIT HISTORY (CHESTER)
1883-1894 - several companies
1894-1910 - Chester Traction Co.
1910-1913 - Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co.
1913-1920 - Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co. (National Properties Co.)
1920-1923 - Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co. (American Railways Co.)
1923-1928 - Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co. (American Electric Power Co.)
1928-1940 - Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co. (United Gas Improvement Co.)
1940 - streetcars discontinued
1923-1928 - Southern Pennsylvania Bus Co. (American Electric Power Co.)
1928-1951 - Southern Pennsylvania Bus Co. (United Gas Improvement Co.)
1951-1960 - Southern Pennsylvania Bus Co.
1936-1970 - Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Co.

SUBURBAN TRANSIT HISTORY (NORRISTOWN)
1878-1895 - several companies
1895-1933 - Schuylkill Valley Traction Co.
1933 - streetcars discontinued
1933-1976 - Schuylkill Valley Lines

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Southeastern Pennsylania Transportation Authority

OUTLYING TRANSIT HISTORY (WEST CHESTER)
1891-1929 - West Chester Street Railway Co.
1929 - streetcars discontinued
1927-1933 - Chester Valley Bus Lines
After 1933 - The Short Line

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Krapf's Transit

OUTLYING TRANSIT HISTORY (POTTSTOWN)
1890-1905 - Pottstown Passenger Railway
1905-1912 - Pottstown & Reading Street Railway
1912-1922 - Pottstown & Phoenixville Railway
1922-1937 - Pottstown Passenger Railway
1937 - streetcars discontinued
After 1937 - Pottstown Rapid Transit

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Pottstown Area Rapid Transit


COMMUTER BUS SERVICE
Bieber Tourways


Many of these transit systems interconnect, enabling the possibility of long continuous interurban journeys exclusively using local transit.


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