Overland Greyhound Lines was the most significant bus company in Idaho, while Trailways had a smaller presence. Overland Greyhound Lines was affiliated with the Union Pacific Railroad, the most significant railroad operating in the state.

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

 12      4711  Orofino-Lewiston                Gaffney Stage/Clearwater Stage
 20       552A Yellowstone-Idaho Falls   OGL           Beehive Stages   1929 UPS
 26      4556  Jackson-Idaho Falls             Star Valley-Jackson Stages
 26      4808  Pocatello-Arco                  Salmon River Stages
 30  500  500  Salt  L. C.-Twin Falls    OGL           Beehive Stages   1929 CGMC
 30  500  500  Twin Falls-Ontario        OGL           Blue Mountain    1929 CGMC
 30      7784  Salt Lake City-Boise      PT(T)   1945  ---------------  1945 PT
 30      7784  Boise-Ontario             PT(T)         Gem State Stage  1935 PT
 89            Afton WY-Montpelier             Haderlie Bus Lines
 89            Montpelier-Logan UT             Bear Lake Stages
 91       552A Idaho Falls-Salt L. C.    OGL           Beehive Stages   1929 UPS
 93      4808  Salmon-Arco                     Salmon River Stages
 93            Arco-Twin Falls                 Sun Valley Stages
 95      4752  Eastport-Coeur D'Alene    NWG     1924  Auto Interurban  1940 WMC
 95            Coeur D'Alene-Moscow            Matthews Bus Line
 95            Moscow-Grangeville        OGL
 95 7842 4587  Lewiston-New Meadows            Northwestern Stage Lines
 95            New Meadows-Weiser              Northwestern Stage Lines

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 or other routes were sold to the following independent bus companies, identified by the following Russell's Guide table numbers.

4752  Empire Lines
7842  Northwestern Trailways


Overland Greyhound Lines (OGL) - incorporated 1952, acquiring Union Pacific Stages (UPS) and Interstate Transit Lines. Interstate Transit Lines had been incorporated in 1921, and was acquired in 1929 by Union Pacific Railroad and Chicago & North Western Railroad as a joint bus subsidiary. And Union Pacific Stages had been formed in 1927 as a bus subsidiary of Union Pacific Railroad. In 1943, both railroad subsidiaries began operating under name Overland Greyhound Lines. Consolidated 1956 into Northland Greyhound Lines, consolidated 1957 into Central Division of Greyhound. Service between Salt Lake City and Portland had originally been introduced by Columbia Gorge Motor Coach Co. (CGMC), which had been incorporated in 1926. But competing service was introduced in 1927 by Union Pacific Stages. And in 1932, Columbia Gorge Motor Coach Co. was dissolved.

Northwest Greyhound Lines (NWG) - incorporated 1947, acquiring Washington Motor Coach Co. (WMC) which had been incorporated 1924 as Yakima Northern Stages, renamed 1926 to Washington Motor Coach Co. In 1956 acquired Auto Interurban Co., which had been incorporated in 1920, and over the years gradually sold routes to various Greyhound predecessors. Northwest Greyhound Lines was consolidated in 1957 into Western Division of Greyhound.


Mount Hood Stages/Pacific Trailways (PT) - incorporated 1931 as Mount Hood Stages, in 1943 joined Trailways.


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