INTERCITY BUS ROUTES - HISTORY

CALIFORNIA

Pacific Greyhound Lines and Santa Fe Trailways were the most significant bus companies in California. Those two companies were affiliated with the Southern Pacific Railroad and the Santa Fe Railway respectively, the most significant railroads operating in the state. A few bus companies either competed with or were owned by Interurban Railways, indicated in CAPITAL LETTERS.


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.

Northern California

Southern California




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

 40  540  550  Reno-Sacramento           PACGL   1927  ---------------  1927 YEL
 40       550  Nevada City-Auburn        PACGL         Placer Auto Sta  1952 PACGL
 40       550  Auburn-Sacramento         PACGL   1917  Placer Auto Sta  1952 PACGL
  I            SACRAMENTO-OAKLAND            1913-1940  SAC. NORTHERN
 40  540  655  Sacramento-Vallejo        PACGL   1919  Oakland-Vallejo  1922 CT
 40  540  655  Vallejo-San Francisco     PACGL   1918  Oakland-Vallejo  1922 CT
 40      8553  Reno-San Francisco        BTC(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 BTC
 50       551  Reno-Lake Tahoe           PACGL
 50       551  Lake Tahoe-Placerville    PACGL         Pierce-Arrow     1941 PACGL
 50       551  Placerville-Sacramento    PACGL   1917  Pierce-Arrow     1941 PACGL
 60  580  580  Blythe-Indio              PACGL   1925  ---------------  1925 YEL
 60  580  580  Indio-Riverside           PACGL         United Stages
 60  580  580  Riverside-Los Angeles     PACGL   1912  ---------------  1912 PIS
 60      8215  Blythe-Los Angeles        ABI(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 ABI
 66       577  Needles-Los Angeles       PACGL   1925  ---------------  1925 YEL
 66      8550  Needles-Los Angeles       SFT(T)
 80  580  580  Yuma-El Centro            PACGL         United Stages
 80  580  580  El Centro-San Diego       PACGL   1912  ---------------  1912 PIS
 80      8215  Yuma-San Diego            ABI(T)
 97       600  Klamath Falls-Weed        PACGL
 99  600  600  Medford-Sacramento        PACGL   1921  ---------------  1921 PIS
 99  630  630  Sacramento-Merced         PACGL   1916  Star Auto Stage  1921 CT
 99  630  630  Merced-Fresno             PACGL   1917  Madera-Fresno S  1921 VT
 99  630  630  Fresno-Bakersfield        PACGL   1917  Western Auto St  1921 VT
 99  630  630  Bakersfield-Los Angeles   PACGL         El Dorado Stage  1926 CT
 99  674  580  Indio-El Centro           PACGL         United Stages
 99  674  580  El Centro-Calexico        PACGL
 99      8552  Medford-Sacramento        WEC(T)  1945  ---------------  1948 WEC
 99      8552  S. Francisco-Los Angeles  SFT(T)
101       607  Crescent City-Arcata      PACGL   1920  ---------------  1920 PIS
101  607  607  Arcata-San Francisco      PACGL   1920  ---------------  1920 PIS
101  618  618  San Francisco-San Jose    PACGL   1914  Peninsula Rapid  1928 PIS
101  618  618  San Jose-Atascadero       PACGL   1917  Western Auto St  1917 PIS
101  618  618  Atascadero-Santa Barbara  PACGL   1918  Charles F. Wren  1919 PIS
101  618  618  S. Barbara-Los Angeles    PACGL   1915  Charles F. Wren  1919 PIS
101  676  676  Los Angeles-San Diego     PACGL         Motor Transit    1926 PIS
101  676  676  San Diego-San Ysidro      PACGL
101      8552  Los Angeles-San Diego     SFT(T)  1938  ---------------  1938 SFT
299            Alturas-Redding                 Redding Alturas Lake View Stages
395       553  Alturas-Reno              PACGL   1930  OC&N Stages      1947 PACGL
395       553  Reno-Minden               PACGL   1933  ---------------  1933 IS
395       553  Minden NV-Bridgeport      PACGL   1921  Anderson Bros.   1933 IS
395       553  Bridgeport-Mono Lake      PACGL   1917  James McAlee     1933 IS
395       553  Mono Lake-Bishop          PACGL   1923  George Wilkins   1933 IS
395       553  Bishop-Lone Pine          PACGL   1920  Owens Valley     1933 IS
395       553  Lone Pine-Inyokern        PACGL   1928  ---------------  1933 IS
395  558  675  Riverside-San Diego       PACGL   1912  Pickwick Stages  1933 IS
399            Bakersfield-Taft                Cook's Stages
466      6295  Bakersfield-Paso Robles         Orange Belt Stages
  S       552  Reno-Portola              PACGL         Feather River    1951 PACGL
  S       552  Portola-Oroville          PACGL   1938  Sac. Northern    1941 PACGL
  S       553  Klamath Falls-Alturas     PACGL   1930  OC&N Stages      1947 PACGL
  S       553  Inyokern-Mojave           PACGL   1928  ---------------  1933 IS
  S       553  Mojave-Los Angeles        PACGL         Packard Stage    1933 IS
  S       607  Fort Bragg-Petaluma       PACGL         Coast Line St.   1953 PACGL
  S       609A Santa Rosa-Monte Rio      PACGL
  S       609B San Rafael-Sonoma         PACGL         San R & Sonoma   1929 SPMT
  S       609B Napa-Sonoma-Santa Rosa    PACGL         Dunham Stage L   1928 SPMT
  S            San Francisco-Bolinas     PACGL         Sausialito-Bol.  1941 PACGL
  I            MARYSVILLE-COLUSA             1913-1940  SAC. NORTHERN
  S            Marysville-Colusa         PACGL   1941  ---------------  1941 PACGL
  S       609  San Francisco-Lakeport    PACGL         Lake County St.
  I            VALLEJO-NAPA                  1905-1937  SF NAPA & CAL.
  S       655  Vallejo-Napa              PACGL   1919  Oakland-Vallejo  1922 CT
  I            NAPA-CALISTOGA                1907-1937  SF NAPA & CAL.
  S       655  Napa-Calistoga            PACGL   1929  ---------------  1929 SPMT
  S  618  616  San Francisco-Santa Cruz  PACGL
  S  618  616  Santa Cruz-Watsonville    PACGL         Blabon & Cleav.  1924 PIS
  S  618  616  Watsonville-Salinas       PACGL
  S       617  Gilroy-Monterey           PACGL   1924  S. F. B. Morse   1925 CT
  S       617  Monterey-Pacific Grove    PACGL   1924  S. F. B. Morse   1925 CT
  S       619  Salinas-Monterey          PACGL
  S            Santa Cruz-Boulder Creek  PACGL   1910  Boulder Creek    1927 SPMT
  S  620  620  Gilroy-Los Banos          PACGL   1924  S. F. B. Morse   1925 CT
  S       620  Tracy-Los Banos           PACGL   1920  Denzel Moyers    1925 VT
  S  620  620  Los Banos-Fresno          PACGL   1920  Allen & Moyers   1925 VT
  S       624  Ventura-Los Angeles       PACGL
  S  625  625  Sacramento-San Jose       PACGL   1916  Star Auto Stage  1921 CT
  S       626  Stockton-Tuolumne         PACGL   1917  Stockton Sonora  1926 CT
  S       621  Fresno-Dinuba             PACGL         A. C. McVey      1923 VT
  S       621  Dinuba-Visalia            PACGL         Walter Collins   1926 VT
  S            Fresno-Coalinga           PACGL   1920  Frank Roberson   1926 CT
  S            Tulare-Corcoran           PACGL
  S       630  Oakland-Stockton          PACGL   1916  Star Auto Stage  1921 CT
  I            SACRAMENTO-STOCKTON           1910-1933  CENT. CALIF.
  I            STOCKTON-MODESTO              1913-1932  TIDEWATER SOU.
  I            SACRAMENTO-CHICO              1906-1940  SAC. NORTHERN
  S       658  Sacramento-Chico          PACGL   1937  Sac. Northern    1941 PACGL
  S       660  San Francisco-Stockton    PACGL   1938  ---------------  1938 PACGL
  I            SAN FRANCISCO-PITTSBURG       1913-1941  SAC. NORTHERN
  S            San Francisco-Pittsburg   PACGL   1937  Sac. Northern    1941 PACGL
  S            Plaza-Porterville         SFT(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

Pacific Greyhound Lines (PACGL) - incorporated 1929 as Pacific Transportation Securities, as merger of California Transit Co. (CT), Southern Pacific Motor Transportation Co. (SPMT), and Pickwick Stages (PIS). Renamed 1930 to Pacific Greyhound Lines, and consolidated 1957 into Western Division of Greyhound. California Transit Co. had been incorporated in 1921, and in 1925 acquired Valley Transit Co. (VT), which had been incorporated in 1920. Southern Pacific Motor Transportation Co. had been formed in formed in 1927 as a bus subsidiary of Southern Pacific Railroad. And Pickwick Stages had been incorporated in 1912. In 1929, Pickwick Stages and Greyhound formed a jointly owned company, Pickwick-Greyhound Lines. And in 1929, Pickwick-Greyhound Lines acquired Yelloway (YEL) system, which had been formed in 1925 as a group of independent operators to operate a transcontinental bus system. In 1932, Pacific Greyhound Lines acquired route between Salt Lake City and San Francisco from Pickwick-Greyhound Lines. And in 1947, Pacific Greyhound Lines acquired Inland Stages (IS), which had been incorporated in 1933.


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.

Burlington Transportation Co./Burlington Trailways (BTC) - formed 1929 as bus subsidiary of Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad, in 1936 joined Trailways, sold 1946 to American Buslines, sold 1953 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Santa Fe Trail Transportation/Santa Fe Trailways (SFT) - formed 1928 as bus subsidiary of Santa Fe Railway, in 1936 joined Trailways, sold 1948 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

West Coast Bus Lines/West Coast Trailways (WEC) - incorporated 1938, in 1938 joined Trailways, sold 1948 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.


INDEPENDENT BUS COMPANIES

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


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