FORT WAYNE TRANSIT HISTORY

1872 - Citizens Street Railroad Co. introduces horse car service on Calhoun. Additional lines are constructed.

1887 - Citizens Street Railroad Co. sold to Fort Wayne Street Railroad Co. C. L. Centlivre Street Railway introduces horse car service on Spy Run, serving C. L. Centlivre Brewery which owns line.

1892 - Fort Wayne Street Railroad Co. electrifies all its routes, and sells to Fort Wayne Electric Railway Co. Lakeside Street Railway introduces electric streetcar service on Columbia, known as Lakeside route.

1894 - C. L. Centlivre Brewery sells its line to Fort Wayne Electric Railway Co., which electrifies line.

1895 - Fort Wayne Electric Railway Co. sold to Fort Wayne Consolidated Railway Co.

1899 - Fort Wayne Consolidated Railway Co. sold to Fort Wayne Traction Co.

1900 - Lakeside Street Railway sells its line to Fort Wayne Traction Co., completing unification of all street railway lines.

1901 - First interurban railway in Fort Wayne is Fort Wayne & Southwestern Traction Co., operating southwest to Huntington, exiting Fort Wayne via Taylor.

1904 - Fort Wayne Traction Co. consolidated with Fort Wayne & Southwestern Traction Co. and other interurban railway companies, forming Fort Wayne & Wabash Valley Traction Co.

1911 - Fort Wayne & Wabash Valley Traction Co. reorganized as Fort Wayne & Northern Indiana Traction Co.

1917 - Experimental bus service introduced on west side of Fort Wayne, discontinued shortly after as unprofitable.

1920 - Fort Wayne & Northern Indiana Traction Co. sold to Indiana Service Corp.

1925 - Indiana Service Corp. becomes subsidiary of Midland Utilities Co., controlled by Samuel Insull.

1932 - Samuel Insull resigns from Midland Utilities Co.

1939 - West Jefferson is first streetcar line converted to buses.

1940 - Trolleybuses replace streetcars on several routes.

1947 - Last streetcars completely replaced with trolleybuses.

1948 - Indiana Service Corp. sells local transit operations to Fort Wayne Transit.

1960 - Last trolleybuses replaced with motor buses.

1968 - Fort Wayne Transit becomes publicly owned Fort Wayne Public Transportation Corporation.


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