INTERCITY BUS ROUTES - HISTORY

GEORGIA

Southeastern Greyhound Lines and Modern Trailways were the most significant bus companies in Georgia. Southeastern Greyhound Lines buses eventually replaced an Interurban Railway serving Atlanta, 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.




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

  1       360  Augusta GA-Jacksonville   AGL     1929  Greyhound/GA     1929 AGGA
 17  400  160  Savannah-Jacksonville     AGL           Coastal Transp.  1930 AGNC
 19            Dahlonega-Atlanta               Dahlonega Atlanta Trailways
 19      8102  Atlanta-Griffin           MTR(T)  1939  ---------------  1939 MTR
 19      8102  Griffin-Albany            MTR(T)        Ader Coach       1936 MTR
 19  440 8102  Albany-Thomasville        MTR(T)        Ader Coach       1936 MTR
 19            Thomasville-Monticello    MTR(T)        Coleman Motor    1939 MTR
 23  424  200  Cornelia-Atlanta          AGL           Queen City       1930 OSL
 23  439  350  Atlanta-Macon             SEG
 23       350  Macon-Jacksonville        SEG           Waycross-Jacks.  1934 SEG
 25      2792  Augusta-Millen                  Southeastern Stages
 25            Millen-Statesboro               Southeastern Stages
 25            Jesup-Brunswick           SCL(T)  1930's---------------       SCL
 27       350  Chattanooga-Rome GA       SEG     1928  Dixie Safety     1928 GLGA
 27            Rome-La Grange                  Southeastern Motor Lines
 27  425  186  La Grange-Columbus GA     TGL     1929  Alaga Coach      1949 TGL
 27      8106  Columbus GA-Tallahassee   MTR(T)  1936  ---------------  1936 MTR
 29       200  Greenville-Atlanta        AGL           Inter-Carolinas  1932 OSL
 29  425  200  Atlanta-La Grange         TGL           Hood Coach       1936 TGL
 41      7994  Chattanooga-Dalton        TCC(T)        Georgia-Tenn.    1957 TCC
 41  426  350  Chattanooga-Cartersville  SEG
 41  426  350  Cartersville-Atlanta      SEG           McGuire Bus      1928 GLGA
 41      7994  Cartersville-Atlanta      TCC(T)  1934  ---------------  1934 TCC
  I            MARIETTA-ATLANTA              1905-1947  GEORGIA POWER
 41       204  Marietta-Atlanta          SEG     1947  Atl. Northern    1948 SEG
 41       350  Atlanta-Macon             SEG     1927  Peach Belt       1928 GLGA
 41  403  172  Macon-Lake City           SEG     1928  Dixie Safety     1928 GLGA
 76      8052  Hiawassee-Ellijay         SMS(T)
 78 2792 2792  Augusta GA-Atlanta        AGL     1935  ---------------  1935 AGL
 78  433  217  Atlanta-Anniston          SEG
 80  439  368  Savannah-Macon            SEG     1933  Hood Coach       1934 SEG
 80      8101  Macon-Thomaston           ATS(T)
 80      8097  Talbotton-Columbus GA     MTR(T)
 80      8184  Macon-Columbus GA         SOS(T)  1930's---------------       SOS
 82      8080  Savannah-Waycross         SCL(T)
 82            Savannah-Waycross         AGL           Union Bus Lines  1935 AGL
 82      8105  Waycross-Tifton           MTR(T)        Coleman Motor    1939 MTR
 82      8105  Tifton-Albany GA          MTR(T)        Ader Coach       1936 MTR
 82            Albany-Eufaula            MTR(T)
 84      8080  Brunswick-Waycross        SCL(T)
 84      8108  Waycross-Thomasville      MTR(T)        Coleman Motor    1939 MTR
 84      8102  Thomasville-Cairo GA      MTR(T)        Coleman Motor    1939 MTR
 84      8099  Cairo GA-Bainbridge       MTR(T)
 84      8099  Bainbridge-Dothan         MTR(T)        Coleman Motor    1939 MTR
123  424  200  Greenville SC-Cornelia    AGL           Queen City       1930 OSL
129            Murphy NC-Athens GA             Neel Gap Bus Lines
129            Jefferson-Athens GA       SMS(T)
129      8181  Athens GA-Macon           SOS(T)  1930's---------------       SOS
129       350  Macon-Ocilla              SEG
129            Ocilla-Lakeland                 Service Transit Co.
278            Augusta-Atlanta                 Southeastern Stages
278      7960  Atlanta-Piedmont          SVS(T)        ---------------  1935 SVS
280      8183  Savannah-Americus         ATS(T)  1930's---------------       ATS
280            Americus-Columbus GA      ATS(T)  1946  ---------------  1946 ATS
280      8183  Vidalia-Abbeville         MTR(T)
280      8183  Abbeville-Americus        MTR(T)  1940  ---------------  1940 MTR
280            Richland-Columbus GA      MTR(T)
301      8080  Sylvania-Jacksonville     SCL(T)
319      8026  Wadley-McRae              GF(T)         Service Coach         GF
319      8026  McRae-Fitzgerald          MTR(T)  1956  ---------------  1956 MTR
319      8026  Fitzgerald-Tifton         MTR(T)  1939  ---------------  1939 MTR
319      8026  Tifton-Thomasville        MTR(T)        Coleman Motor    1939 MTR
319  440 8102  Thomasville-Tallahassee   MTR(T)        Coleman Motor    1939 MTR
341            Barnesville-Perry               Southeastern Motor Lines
341            Perry-Baxley              SEG
341            Baxley-Brunswick          SCL(T)
411      7994  Chatsworth-Cartersville   TCC(T)  1934  ---------------  1934 TCC
411       350  Cartersville-Rome         SEG           McGuire Bus      1928 GLGA
441      8059  Clayton-Commerce          SMS(T)
441      2793  Madison GA-Milledgeville        Southeastern Stages
441            Milledgeville-Irwinton    SCL(T)
441      8183  Irwinton-Dublin           SCL(T)  1930's---------------       SCL
441      8026  McRae-Lake City FL        GF(T)         Atlantic Stages  1943 GF
  S       350  Ocilla-Alma               SEG
  S            Americus-Eufaula          ATS(T)  1930's---------------       ATS
  S      8026  Augusta GA-Wadley         GF(T)         Service Coach         GF
  S      8097  Atlanta-Talbotton         MTR(T)  1936  ---------------  1936 MTR
  S      8102  Cairo GA-Tallahassee      MTR(T)        Coleman Motor    1939 MTR
  S      8102  Albany-Moultrie           MTR(T)  1936  ---------------  1936 MTR
  S      8104  Albany-Dothan             MTR(T)  1937  Alaga Coach      1944 MTR
  S      8105  Columbus GA-Albany GA     MTR(T)        Ader Coach       1936 MTR
  S      8105  Jacksonville-Richland     MTR(T)
  S            Albany-Marianna           MTR(T)        Clarke Motor     1941 MTR
  S      8183  Columbus GA-Americus      MTR(T)        Ader Coach       1936 MTR
  S            Americus-Dothan           MTR(T)        St. Andrews Bay  1944 MTR
  S            Dothan-Pensacola          MTR(T)
  S            Moultrie-Quincy FL        MTR(T)
  S      8183  Macon-Irwinton            SCL(T)  1930's---------------       SCL
  S      8183  Dublin GA-Vidalia         SCL(T)  1930's---------------       SCL
  S            Vidalia-Reidsville        SCL(T)  1930's---------------       SCL
  S      8080  Augusta-Reidsville        SCL(T)  1947  ---------------  1947 SCL
  S      8080  Reidsville-Ludowici       SCL(T)  1930's---------------       SCL
  S      8080  Savannah-Jesup            SCL(T)  1930's---------------       SCL
  S            Sylvania-Irwinton         SCL(T)
  S            Dublin GA-Cordele         SCL(T)
  S  440 8103  Cordele-Albany            SCL(T)
  S            Athens GA-Eastman         SCL(T)
  S            Folkston-St. Marys        SCL(T)
  S      7960  Anderson SC-Atlanta       SMS(T)
  S      8052  Ellijay-Atlanta           SMS(T)
  S      8057  Augusta-Winder            SMS(T)
  S      8059  Clarksville-Atlanta       SMS(T)
  S      8181  Macon-Americus            SOS(T)  1930's---------------       SOS
  S      8184  Augusta GA-Columbus GA    SOS(T)  1930's---------------       SOS
  S            Macon-Gainesville GA      SOS(T)  1930's---------------       SOS
  S      7994  Dalton-Chatsworth         TCC(T)        Georgia-Tenn.    1957 TCC


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)".

Over the years, certain Greyhound or Trailways routes were sold to Southeastern Stages, identified by Russell's Guide table numbers 2792-2799.


GREYHOUND BUS COMPANIES

Atlantic Greyhound Lines (AGL) - incorporated 1936 as merger of Atlantic Greyhound Lines of Georgia (AGGA), Atlantic Greyhound Lines of North Carolina (AGNC), Old South Lines (OSL), and several other companies. Consolidated 1960 into Southern Division of Greyhound. Atlantic Greyhound Lines of Georgia had been formed in 1931 as a subsidiary of Camel City Coach Co., renamed that same year to Atlantic Greyhound Lines of Georgia. Atlantic Greyhound Lines of North Carolina had been formed in 1925 as Camel City Coach Co., renamed in 1931 to Atlantic Greyhound Lines of North Carolina. And Old South Lines was incorporated 1933 as another subsidiary of Camel City Coach Co.

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. Affiliated company Greyhound Lines of Georgia (GLGA) was incorporated in 1927 as Peach Belt Lines, renamed 1928 to Dixie Safety Coach Lines, renamed 1928 to Greyhound Lines of Georgia, consolidated 1931 into Consolidated Coach Corp./Southeastern Greyhound Lines.

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

Many Trailways companies originally remained independent while "joining" the Trailways system as member companies, assuming new names containing "Trailways". These companies eventually merged into Transcontinental Bus System, later Continental Trailways, and finally combined into Greyhound.

Atlantic Stages/Atlantic Trailways (ATS) - in 1945 joined Trailways, sold 1968 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Georgia-Florida Coaches/Georgia-Florida Trailways (GF) - in 1943 joined Trailways, sold 1966 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Modern Coach Corp./Modern Trailways (MTR) - formed 1930's as Ader Coach Lines, incorporated 1936 as Georgia Stages, in 1938 joined Trailways under name Georgia Trailways, in 1944 acquired St. Andrews Bay Transportation Co. which since 1939 was Trailways member under name Bay Line Trailways, in 1946 renamed Modern Coach Corp. and operated as Modern Trailways, sold 1956 to Tamiami Trail Tours, sold 1975 to Continental Trailways.

Service Coach Lines/Service Coach Trailways (SCL) - in 1948 joined Trailways, sold 1975 to Transcontinental Bus System/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.

Smoky Mountain Stages/Smoky Mountain Trailways (SMS) - in 1938 joined Trailways, sold 1956 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Southern Stages/Southern Trailways (SOS) - a second "Southern Trailways" company, in 1949 joined Trailways, sold 1968 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

In 1960, Continental Trailways acquired Tennessee Coach Co. (TCC), which had been incorporated in 1928.


INDEPENDENT BUS COMPANIES

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


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