EAST ST. LOUIS TRANSIT HISTORY

MADISON COUNTY

1895 - Alton Railway & Illuminating Co. incorporated, and acquires Alton & Upper Alton Horse Railroad Co., and Alton Electric Street Railroad Co.

1899 - Alton Railway & Illuminating Co. acquired by Alton Railway Gas & Electric Co.

1902 - Granite City & St. Louis Railway Co. incorporated to develop electric railways in area.

1903 - Alton Railway Gas & Electric Co. acquired by Alton Light & Traction Co.

1904 - Alton Granite & St. Louis Traction Co. incorporated, and acquires Alton Light & Traction Co. and Granite City & St. Louis Railway Co.

1905 - Alton Granite & St. Louis Traction Co. opens suburban interurban lines between East St. Louis and Alton, and between Mitchell and Edwardsville.

1905 - Illinois Traction Co. completes interurban railway line from Springfield into Edwardsville. Service would operate into St. Louis using trackage rights over East St. Louis & Suburban Railway Co.

1906 - Alton Granite & St. Louis Traction Co. acquired as subsidiary of East St. Louis & Suburban Railway Co.

1907 - Alton Jacksonville & Peoria Railway opens suburban interurban line north of Alton to Godfrey.

1910 - Illinois Traction Co. completes its own interurban railway route into St. Louis using the McKinley Bridge, abandoning the trackage rights over East St. Louis & Suburban Railway Co. Illinois Traction Co. continued to operate local streetcars between Granite City and East St. Louis.

1911 - Alton Jacksonville & Peoria Railway extends line north from Godfrey to Jerseyville.

1914 - Alton Jacksonville & Peoria Railway reorganized as Alton & Jacksonville Railway Co.

1918 - Alton & Jacksonville Railway Co. abandons service.

1922 - East St. Louis & Suburban Co. incorporated, owning Alton Granite & St. Louis Traction Co., East St. Louis & Suburban Railway Co., and East St. Louis Railway Co. East St. Louis & Suburban Co. controlled by North American Co.

1925 - buses introduced in Granite City, operated by Illinois Traction Co. parent company Illinois Power & Light Co.

1926 - Purple Swan Safety Coach Co. introduces bus route between Alton and St. Louis, St. Louis & Alton Railway Co. counters with competing bus service.

1926 - Alton Granite & St. Louis Traction Co. sold to St. Louis & Alton Railway Co.

1928 - Illinois Traction Co. becomes known as Illinois Terminal Railroad Co., and acquires St. Louis & Alton Railway Co.

1930 - Illinois Terminal Railroad Co. forms subsidiary Illinois Terminal Transportation Co., operating buses in Granite City.

1932 - Local streetcars discontinued in Alton. Buses would be operated by Illinois Terminal Railroad Co. subsidiary Illinois Terminal Transportation Co.

1932 - Illinois Traction Co. discontinues electric railway service between Mitchell and Edwardsville.

1936 - Citizens Coach Co. assumes operation of local buses in Alton.

1937 - Illinois Traction Co. interurban railway operations reorganized, officially renamed Illinois Terminal Railroad Co.

1942 - Community Coach Co. begins operating certain bus routes in Granite City.

1953 - Illinois Terminal Railroad Co. discontinues electric railway service from Alton to St. Louis. Bus service would be operated by Brown Motor Lines.

1956 - Illinois Terminal Railroad Co. discontinues through interurban service from Springfield to St. Louis.

1958 - Illinois Terminal Railroad Co. discontinues local interurban service between Granite City and St. Louis. Bus service would be operated by Community Coach Co., which also takes over Illinois Terminal Transportation Co. bus routes in Granite City.

1963 - All 15 public transportation providers in St. Louis/East St. Louis area become part of publicly owned Bi-State Transit System.

1980 - Public transportation in Madison County assumed by newly formed Madison County Transit.


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