CANTON TRANSIT HISTORY

1884 - Canton Street Railway Co. introduces horse car service on five routes in Canton, using 4 foot gauge track.

1888 - Alliance Street Railway introduces streetcar service in Alliance.

1890 - Canton streetcar system electrified.

1892 - Company sold to Canton & Massilion Electric Railway, which that year opens an interurban line between those two cities.

1900 - Alliance Street Railway sold to Alliance Electric Railway.

1901 - Canton streetcar lines converted to standard gauge. Canton-Akron Railway Co. introduces interurban service between those two cities, also providing competing streetcar service within Canton.

1902 - Canton & Massilion Electric Railway sold to Canton-Akron Railway Co. Stark Electric Railroad Co. opens interurban line east of Canton to Alliance, and acquires Alliance Electric Railway.

1906 - Canton-Akron Railway Co. merged with area interurban railways, forming Canton-Akron Consolidated Railway. That new company was soon acquired by Northern Ohio Traction & Light Co., operating electric railways in Akron area.

1923 - Northern Ohio Traction & Light Co. introduces first bus route in Canton.

1926 - Northern Ohio Traction & Light Co. renamed Northern Ohio Power & Light Co.

1928 - Interurban railway service abandoned between Canton and Akron.

1928 - Penn-Ohio Edison Co. acquires Northern Ohio Power & Light Co. as a subsidiary.

1929 - Penn-Ohio Edison Co. merged into newly incorporated Commonwealth & Southern Corp., with Pennsylvania-Ohio Electric Co. as a subsidiary.

1930 - Transportation Securities Corp. formed as subsidiary of Commonwealth & Southern Corp., to control transportation properties. Canton Traction Co. becomes subsidiary of Transportation Securities Corp.

1931 - Last local streetcar service in Canton replaced with buses. Interurban railway line between Canton and Massilion sold to Intercity Rapid Transit Co.

1939 - Stark Electric Railroad Co. interurban service between Canton and Alliance replaced with buses, operated by Stark Transit, Inc.

1940 - Canton Traction Co. sold to National City Lines, becomes Canton City Lines. Intercity Rapid Transit Co. abandons interurban railway line between Canton and Massilion.

1971 - Canton City Lines becomes publicly owned Canton Regional Transit Authority.

1997 - Canton Regional Transit Authority becomes Stark Area Regional Transit Authority, serving entire county.


ADDITIONAL PRIVATE SUBURBAN COMPANIES IN 1952

The 1952 "Mass Transportation's Directory" provides an interesting "snapshot", of what obscure bus companies had coexisted with the main transit providers.


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