TRANSIT IN MAJOR CITIES

A brief historical look at the streetcar companies and early bus companies in various major US cities, and how their routes evolved into today's bus routes.


MAJOR MIDWEST CITIES

CINCINNATI

CLEVELAND

COLUMBUS

DETROIT

DETROIT (SUBURBS)

INDIANAPOLIS

MILWAUKEE

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL

ST. LOUIS


ADDITIONAL MIDWEST TRANSIT SYSTEMS

Transit histories for several additional Midwest cities.


MAJOR CITIES BEYOND MIDWEST

ATLANTA

BOSTON

CONNECTICUT TRANSIT

DENVER

HOUSTON

KANSAS CITY

LOS ANGELES

NEW JERSEY TRANSIT

NEW YORK CITY

OAKLAND

PHILADELPHIA

PITTSBURGH

PORTLAND

SAN ANTONIO

SAN DIEGO

SAN FRANCISCO

SAN JOSE

SEATTLE

WASHINGTON DC

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BALTIMORE


This section originally focused on transportation within the Chicago area. Then over the years, information was added covering additional cities in the Midwest. And later covering cities in the remainder of the United States.

For the transit systems in the largest cities, the goal is to link between the present and the past. Relate today's bus routes to the past streetcar and bus companies, tracing the route history back to the beginnings of public transportation in that area. At times it can be fascinating, untangling the sometimes complex transit histories, especially in areas where multiple transit companies operated.

For each city covered, the information on this Web site is by no means complete. Emphasis is on routes which evolved from streetcar and bus routes introduced by the private transit companies. And many bus routes introduced by the publicly owned transit agencies are not listed. Availability of information is usually dependent on how much has been published about the different city transit systems. In many cases, the history covered focuses on prior to the public takeover of many transit systems.

For the Midwest cities, historic streetcar and bus rosters are included. Historic bus roster information usually is provided up to around the year 2000. For more contemporary bus roster information, links are generally provided to other web sites.

Canadian Public Transit Discussion Board

This web site seems to contain some of the most up to date bus roster information throughout the country.

In addition, many major cities have a Wikipedia page, linked from the pages here covering those cities. These Wikipedia pages usually contain the most recent bus roster information available, and additional timely information. But of course any information on the Web, including this web site, cannot be solely relied on for all of the absolute facts.

Current routes for above transit systems were checked in February, 2018. Any tips on route changes would be appreciated. Bill Vandervoort


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