INTERCITY BUS ROUTES - HISTORY

LOUISIANA

Teche Greyhound Lines and Southern Trailways were the most significant bus companies in Louisiana.


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

 51  435  400  McComb MS-New Orleans     DGL     1928  ---------------  1928 PIG
 61  777  437  Natchez MS-Baton Rouge    TGL     1927  ---------------  1927 TGL
 61  462  437  Baton Rouge-New Orleans   TGL     1927  ---------------  1927 TGL
 65      3818  McGehee-Natchez           MOP(T)        Motor Transp.    1929 MOP
 71  793 8171  Texarkana-Shreveport      SBL(T)  1922  Red Star Line    1923 TRI
 71  457 8150  Shreveport-Natchitoches   SBL(T)  1924  ---------------  1924 TRI
 71  457 8150  Natchitoches-Colfax       SBL(T)  1927  ---------------  1927 INT
 71  457 8150  Colfax-Alexandria         SBL(T)  1923  ---------------  1923 INT
 71  457 8150  Alexandria-Bunkie         SBL(T)  1923  ---------------  1923 INT
 71  457 8150  Bunkie-Baton Rouge        SBL(T)  1927  ---------------  1927 INT
 71  457 8150  Baton Rouge-New Orleans   SBL(T)  1934  ---------------  1934 BOR
 79            Haynesville-Homer         SBL(T)  1925  Motor Transit    1925 TRI
 79      8355  Homer-Shreveport          SBL(T)  1925  Motor Transit    1925 TRI
 80  437 8184  Vicksburg-Monroe          SBL(T)        Motor Transp.         TRI
 80  437 8184  Monroe-Shreveport         SBL(T)  1924  ---------------  1924 TRI
 84      8178  Natchez MS-Jena           SBL(T)        ---------------       INT
 84            Jena-Natchitoches               Salter Bus Lines
 90       424  New Orleans-Lafayette     TGL     1925  ---------------  1925 TGL
 90  462  424  Lafayette-Lake Charles    TGL     1925  ---------------  1925 TGL
 90      8180  New Orleans-Baton Rouge   SBL(T)  1934  ---------------  1934 BOR
165      8350  McGehee-Mer Rouge         MOP(T)        Rainbow Stages   1929 MOP
165      8350  Mer Rouge-Monroe          MOP(T)  1929  ---------------  1929 MOP
165      8350  Monroe-Georgetown         SBL(T)  1923  ---------------  1923 INT
165      8350  Georgetown-Alexandria     SBL(T)  1927  ---------------  1927 INT
165      8178  Alexandria-Oakdale        SBL(T)  1923  ---------------  1923 INT
165      8178  Oakdale-Lake Charles      SBL(T)  1927  ---------------  1927 INT
167      3980  Eldorado AR-Ruston        SBL(T)        Union Bus Co.         TRI
167      3980  Ruston-Alexandria               Salter Bus Lines
167            Alexandria-Opalousas      SBL(T)  1939  ---------------  1939 TRI
167       436  Opelousas-Lafayette LA    TGL   
171  793 8171  Shreveport-Mansfield      SBL(T)  1922  Caddo Transfer   1923 TRI
171      8171  Mansfield-Lake Charles    SBL(T)        Yellow Bus Line  1928 TRI
190            Slidell-Covington         TGL
190            Covington-Hammond               White Eagle Bus Lines
190  462  396  Hammond-Baton Rouge       TGL           Hammond Stage    1932 TGL
190  462 8180  Baton Rouge-Lafayette     SBL(T)  1939  ---------------  1939 TRI
190      8180  Lafayette-Kinder          SBL(T)  1939  ---------------  1939 TRI
190      8178  Kinder-Ragley             SBL(T)  1940  ---------------  1940 INT
371      8355  Spring Hill-Minden        SBL(T)  1939  ---------------  1939 TRI
425      8350  Hamburg-Monroe            SBL(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 INT
  S       426  New Orleans-Covington     TGL   
  S       426  Covington-Tylertown       (G)
  S       427  Baton Rouge-Centreville   (G)
  S       429  New Orl.-Gold. Meadows    TGL           Stewarts Stage   1929 TGL
  S       431  Union-New Orleans         TGL   
  S       436  Lebeau LA-Opelousas       TGL   
  S       439  New Orleans-Donaldsonv.   TGL   
  S      8196  Shreveport-Logansport     DMC(T)        Monzingo Bus     1937 AMC
  S      8350  Monroe-Natchez            MOP(T)        Motor Transp.    1929 MOP
  S      8157  New Orleans-Tidewater C.  MOP(T)        Thornton Bus     1929 MOP
  S      8150  Shreveport-Caspiana       SBL(T)  1922  Caddo Transfer   1923 TRI
  S      8150  Caspiana-Natchitoches     SBL(T)  1928  ---------------  1928 TRI
  S      8150  Natchitoches-Boyce        SBL(T)  1928  ---------------  1928 INT
  S      8150  Boyce-Alexandria          SBL(T)  1923  ---------------  1923 INT
  S      8150  Alexandria-Marksville     SBL(T)  1923  ---------------  1923 INT
  S      8150  Marksville-New Orleans    SBL(T)  1934  ---------------  1934 BOR
  S      8154  Bogalusa-New Orleans      SBL(T)  1939  ---------------  1939 TRI
  S      8164  Shreveport-Jonesboro      SBL(T)  1939  ---------------  1939 TRI
  S      8171  Shreveport-Oil City       SBL(T)  1922  Caddo Transfer   1923 TRI
  S      8171  Oil City-Atlanta TX       SBL(T)  1923  ---------------  1923 TRI
  S      8172  Leesville-Opelousas       SBL(T)                              SBL
  S      8173  Alexandria-Leesville      SBL(T)        Butler's Bus     1942 INT
  S      8178  Jena-Alexandria           SBL(T)        ---------------       INT
  S      8178  Ragley-Beaumont           SBL(T)  1940  ---------------  1940 INT
  S      8181  Hope-Shreveport           SBL(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 TRI
  S      8355  El Dorado-Homer           SBL(T)
  S      3818  L. Providence-Mer Rouge   SBL(T)  1945  ---------------  1945 TRI
  S            El Dorado-Plain Dealing   SBL(T)  1945  ---------------  1945 SBL


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 the following independent bus companies, identified by the following Russell's Guide table numbers.



777      Delta Bus Lines
780-801  Kerrville Bus Co.
3818     Arrow Coach Lines
3980     Salter Bus Lines



GREYHOUND BUS COMPANIES

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.

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.


TRAILWAYS BUS COMPANIES

Dixie Motor Coach/Dixie Trailways (DMC) - incorporated 1928, in 1937 joined Trailways. In 1945 acquired Sunshine Bus Lines, which had been incorporated in 1919, joining Trailways in 1937 under name Sunshine Trailways. Merged company operated as Dixie Sunshine Trailways. In 1946 acquired Airline Motor Coaches (AMC), which joined Trailways that year as Airline Motor Trailways. Dixie Motor Coach sold 1948 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Missouri Pacific Bus Lines/Missouri Pacific Trailways (MOP) - formed 1928 as bus subsidiary of Missouri Pacific Railroad, in 1936 joined Trailways, in 1948 resumed independent operation, sold 1957 to Midwest Bus Lines which was a Trailways member, sold 1960 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Southern Bus Lines/Southern Trailways (SBL) - formed 1945 through merger of Bordelon Lines/Bordelon Trailways (BOR), Interurban Transportation Co./Interurban Trailways (INT), and Tri-State Transit Co./Tri-State Trailways (TRI). Bordelon Lines began operating in 1934, in 1939 joined Trailways. Interurban Transportation Co. was incorporated in 1921, in 1939 joined Trailways. 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 Louisiana.


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