INTERCITY BUS ROUTES - HISTORY

ALABAMA

Southeastern Greyhound Lines and Crescent Trailways were the most significant bus companies in Alabama.


1976 MAP

Color coded map shows intercity bus routes in existence in 1976.

Blue indicates Greyhound, red indicates Trailways. Additional colors indicate significant independent bus companies, and are identified with labels. Black indicates smaller independent companies.

Thin blue or red lines indicate routes which were once part of Greyhound or Trailways, but later transferred to independent bus companies.




US    2005/1976     Cities    Greyhound or   Year     Original   Year     Consol-
Hwy.  Russell's     Served    Trailways      Intro-   Company    Consol-  idated
No.   Guide                   Company or     duced               idated   Company
      Table                   Division

 11       216  Chattanooga-Gadsden       SEG     1926  Alabama Bus      1930 SEG
 11  433  216  Gadsden-Birmingham        SEG     1926  Alabama Bus      1930 SEG
 11      7960  Gadsden-Birmingham        CRS(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 CRS
 11  437  216  Birmingham-Tuscaloosa     TGL     1926  Alabama Bus      1930 TGL
 11      7960  Birmingham-Tuscaloosa     SBL(T)  1941  ---------------  1941 TRI
 11  437  216  Tuscaloosa-Meridian       TGL     1929  Old South Coach  1930 TGL
 29  425  200  La Grange GA-Tuskegee     TGL           Hood Coach       1936 TGL
 29            Union Springs-Troy        CPM(T)
 29            Luverne-Andalusia         CPM(T)
 29       188  Andalusia-Brewton         SEG     1933  Alaga Coach      1949 SEG
 31  445  365  Athens AL-Birmingham      SEG     1924  Union Transfer   1930 SEG
 31  445  365  Birmingham-Montgomery     SEG     1929  Capitol Coaches  1930 SEG
 31  425  200  Montgomery-Mobile         TGL           Capital Motor    1935 TGL
 43       366  Florence-Russellville     SEG           Dixie Coaches    1941 SEG
 43            Russellville-Thomasville  SEG           Dixie Coaches    1941 SEG
 43       367  Thomasville-Mobile        SEG           Dixie Coaches    1941 SEG
 72      7998  Chattanooga-Decatur       CPM(T)  1937  ---------------  1948 MAC
 72      7998  Decatur-Florence          CPM(T)  1934  ---------------  1948 MAC
 78      7960  Anniston-Birmingham       CRS(T)  1928  Dixie Stage      1931 CRS
 78  433  217  Anniston-Birmingham       SEG
 78  433  217  Birmingham-Tupelo MS      DGL     1929  ---------------  1929 PIG
 80  425  200  Columbus GA-Montgomery    TGL           Hood Coach       1936 TGL
 80      8184  Montgomery-Meridian       CPM(T)        Dixie Stage L.   1930 CPM
 82            Eufaula-Union Springs     CPM(T)
 82      8184  Union Springs-Montgomery  CPM(T)
 82      8123  Montgomery-Tuscaloosa     CPM(T)
 82      7960  Tuscaloosa-Columbus MS    SBL(T)        Dixie Coaches    1937 TRI
 84      8099  Dothan-Elba               CPM(T)
 84            Elba-Andalusia            CPM(T)
 84            Evergreen-Grove Hill      COT(T)
 90  418  420  Pensacola-Mobile          TGL           Over State       1928 TGL
 90      7700  Pensacola-Mobile          COT(T)  1950  ---------------  1950 COT
 98       420  Pensacola-Mobile          TGL     1939  ---------------  1939 TGL
231      7999A Fayetteville TN-Huntsv.   CRS(T)
231      7999A Huntsville-Oneonta        CRS(T)        Mt. Pinson Tr.   1939 CRS
231      8120  Sylacauga-Montgomery      CRS(T)  1928  Dixie Stage      1931 CRS
231  445  365  Montgomery-Dothan         SEG     1929  Capitol Coaches  1930 SEG
231  445  186  Dothan-Marianna           SEG     1929  Alaga Coach      1949 SEG
278      7960  Piedmont-Gadsden          SVS(T)        ---------------  1935 SVS
278            Cullman-Double Springs          McCoy Bus Co.
278            Guin-Sulligant                  Missala Stages
280      8121  Columbus GA-Opelika       CRS(T)  1938  ---------------  1938 CRS
280      8121  Opelika-Birmingham        CRS(T)  1928  Dixie Stage      1931 CRS
331      8099  Montgomery-Florala        CPM(T)  1934  ---------------  1934 CPM
411            Rome GA-Gadsden           CRS(T)  1928  Dixie Stage      1931 CRS
411       216  Gadsden-Birmingham        SEG
431      8130  Huntsville-Gadsden        CRS(T)  1928  Dixie Stage      1931 CRS
431      8120  Gadsden-Anniston          CRS(T)  1928  Dixie Stage      1931 CRS
431      2767  Anniston-Columbus GA            East Alabama Coach/Ingram Bus Lines
431       186  Columbus GA-Dothan        SEG     1929  Alaga Coach      1949 SEG
  S       188  Dothan-Andalusia          SEG     1933  Alaga Coach      1949 SEG
  S       367  Birmingham-Thomasville    SEG     1926  Alabama Bus      1930 SEG
  S       367  Tuscaloosa-Thomasville    SEG           Dixie Coaches    1941 SEG
  S       366  Birmingham-Russellville   SEG           Dixie Coaches    1941 SEG
  S      7700  Montgomery-Atmore         COT(T)
  S      7700  Pensacola FL-Mobile       COT(T)
  S      7960  Piedmont-Anniston         SVS(T)        ---------------  1935 SVS
  S      7994  Chattanooga-Birmingham    CRS(T)        NE Ala. Bus Co.  1948 CRS
  S      7999A Oneonta-Birmingham        CRS(T)        Mt. Pinson Tr.   1939 CRS
  S      8120  Anniston-Sylacauga        CRS(T)  1928  Dixie Stage      1931 CRS
  S            Gadsden-Jacksonville AL   CRS(T)
  S            Anniston-Goodwater        CRS(T)  1941  ---------------  1941 CRS
  S            Huntsville-Ardmore        CRS(T)  1945  ---------------  1945 CRS
  S      8099  Elba-Montgomery           CPM(T)
  S      8184  Columbus GA-Union Spr.    CPM(T)        Fla.-Ala. Coach  1946 CPM
  S            McKenzie-Andalusia        CPM(T)
  S            Andalusia-Pensacola FL    CPM(T)
  S            Brewton-Pensacola FL      CPM(T)
  S            Reform-Aliceville         SBL(T)        Dixie Coaches    1937 TRI
  S            Aliceville-York           SBL(T)        ---------------  1943 TRI
  S      8121  Birmingham-Iuka MS        (T)
  S      8132  Atlanta-Montgomery        (T)


Russell's Guide Table Numbers

Greyhound tables had numbers below 700, while Trailways tables had numbers above 7000. Table numbers in between were independent bus companies. Although Greyhound Lines of Canada, not covered here, had tables numbered in the low 700's.

Where no table number is indicated, service had been discontinued by then.

Further clues on Greyhound or Trailways affiliations are the presence of a "G" or a "T" in a company abbreviation. Trailways company abbreviations are followed by a "(T)". While abbreviations of certain Greyhound companies not obviously "Greyhound" in name are followed by a "(G)".


GREYHOUND BUS COMPANIES

Dixie Greyhound Lines (DGL) - incorporated 1931, consolidated 1954 into Southeastern Greyhound Lines, consolidated 1960 into Southern Division of Greyhound. Upon formation assumed operation of several routes from Pickwick-Greyhound Lines (PIG), which had been formed in 1928 as a company jointly owned by Pickwick Stages and Greyhound.

Southeastern Greyhound Lines (SEG) - incorporated 1926 as Consolidated Coach Corp., in 1931 began operating under name Southeastern Greyhound Lines, officially renamed 1936 to Southeastern Greyhound Lines, consolidated 1960 into Southern Division of Greyhound.

Teche Greyhound Lines (TGL) - incorporated 1920 as Teche Transfer Co., renamed 1930 to Teche Lines, in 1932 began operating under name Teche Greyhound Lines, officially renamed 1941 to Teche Greyhound Lines, consolidated 1960 into Southern Division of Greyhound.


TRAILWAYS BUS COMPANIES

American Buslines (ABI) - incorporated 1935 as All American Bus Lines, renamed 1946 to American Buslines and joined Trailways, sold 1953 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Capital Motor Lines/Capital Trailways (CPM) - incorporated 1930, in 1938 joined Trailways, remained independent of Continental Trailways.

Crescent Stages/Crescent Trailways (CRS) - incorporated 1928 as Dixie Stage Lines, reorganized 1931 as Crescent Stages, in 1938 joined Trailways, sold 1953 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Missouri-Arkansas Coach/Missouri-Arkansas Trailways (MAC) - in 1938 joined Trailways, sold 1945 to American Buslines, sold 1953 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Monroeville Bus Co./Colonial Trailways (COT) - incorporated 1935, in 1952 joined Trailways, remained independent of Continental Trailways.

Service Stages/Service Stages Trailways (SVS) - in 1945 joined Trailways, sold 1952 to Crescent Stages/Crescent Trailways, sold 1953 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Southern Bus Lines/Southern Trailways (SBL) - formed 1945 through merger of Bordelon Lines/Bordelon Trailways, Interurban Transportation Co./Interurban Trailways, and Tri-State Transit Co./Tri-State Trailways (TRI). Tri-State Transit Co. began operating in 1922 as Caddo Transfer & Warehouse Co., renamed 1923 to Tri-State Transit Co., in 1938 joined Trailways. Southern Bus Lines sold 1948 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.


INDEPENDENT BUS COMPANIES

Maps and further information on the significant independent bus companies, serving Alabama.


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