INTERCITY BUS ROUTES - HISTORY

NORTH CAROLINA

Atlantic Greyhound Lines, Carolina Trailways, and Queen City Trailways were the most significant bus companies in North Carolina. Atlantic Greyhound Lines buses eventually replaced an Interurban Railway, 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.

(map also includes South Carolina)




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  400  160  Norlina-Raleigh           AGL     1923  Safety Transit   1932 ECS
  1      7322  Raleigh-Sanford           CCC(T)        Dixie Motor Tr.  1933 CCC
  1            Sanford-Rockingham        QCC(T)
 13  423 7330  Norfolk-Winton            CCC(T)        Norfolk Transit  1928 CCC
 13  423 7330  Winton-Ahoskie            CCC(T)  1928  ---------------  1928 CCC
 13            Greenville NC-Goldsboro   CCC(T)
 13            Goldsboro-Fayetteville    QCC(T)
 15       150  Clarksville VA-Durham     AGL
 15      7313  Oxford-Durham             CCC(T)
 15            Durham-Sanford            QCC(T)
 15            Sanford-Carthage          CCC(T)
 15            Carthage-Bennettsville    QCC(T)
 17  402 7300  Norfolk-Washington NC     CCC(T)  1930  Va. Beach Bus    1934 NSB
 17  402 3424  Washington NC-Wilmington        Seashore Transportation Co.
 19            Johnson City-Asheville    QCC(T)
 19      8059  Asheville-Murphy          SMS(T)
 21            Sparta-Elkin              AGL           E. O. Woodie     1938 AGL
 21            Elkin-Statesville         AGL
 21  424  200  Statesville-Charlotte     AGL     1926  ---------------  1926 AGNC
 23      8042  Johnson City-Asheville    QCC(T)
 23      8059  Asheville-Clayton GA      SMS(T)
 25  427 8073  Asheville-Hendersonville  CSC(T)
 25       360  Asheville-Greenville SC   AGL           Red Top Bus      1930 SKYS
 29  424  200  Danville-Greensboro       AGL     1928  Barnard Bus      1928 AGNC
 29      7315  Danville-Greensboro       CCC(T)        Carolina-Va.     1943 CCC
 29  424 7330  Greensboro-Charlotte      CCC(T)  1925  Charl.-Raleigh   1927 CCC
  I            CHARLOTTE-GASTONIA            1912-1951  PIEDMONT & NOR.
 29  424  200  Charlotte-Gastonia        AGL           Queen City       1930 OSL
 29      7960  Charlotte-Gastonia        CSC(T)
 52      8003  Cheraw SC-Albemarle       QCC(T)
 52            Albemarle-Lexington       QCC(T)
 52  401 8016  Lexington-Winston Salem   QCC(T)
 52  401  310  Winston Salem-Mt. Airy    AGL           Granite City     1926 AGNC
 64            Columbia NC-Williamston   CCC(T)        Va.-Car. Trans.  1941 NSB
 64      7325  Williamston-Rocky Mount   CCC(T)  1927  ---------------  1927 CCC
 64  423 7330  Rocky Mount-Raleigh       CCC(T)        Golden Star Bus  1925 CCC
 64            Raleigh-Mocksville        AGL(G)
 64  424  200  Mocksville-Statesville    AGL     1926  ---------------  1926 AGNC
 64            Morganton-Rutherfordton         Rutherford County Transit Co.
 64            Rutherfordt.-Hendersonv.  QCC(T)
 64            Hendersonville-Brevard    AGL
 64            Brevard-Murphy            SMS(T)
 70            Atlantic-Beaufort               Seashore Transportation Co.
 70      3426  Beaufort-Morehead City          Seashore Transportation Co.
 70  402 3426  Morehead City-New Bern          Seashore Transportation Co.
 70  402 3425  New Bern-Kinston                Seashore Transportation Co.
 70  402 3425  Kinston-Goldsboro         CCC(T)
 70  402  151  Goldsboro-Raleigh         AGL           Safety Transit   1932 ECS
 70  423 7330  Raleigh-Greensboro        CCC(T)        Carolina Motor   1925 CCC
 70      8016  Lexington-Asheville       QCC(T)
 74      8020  Wilmington NC-Laurinburg  QCC(T)
 74  427 8020  Laurinburg-Asheville      QCC(T)
 74      8020  Asheville-Waynesville     SMS(T)
 76            Wilmington-Florence       QCC(T)
117  402 3425  Wilson-Goldsboro          CCC(T)        Sutherland Bus   1940 CCC
117  402  151  Goldsboro-Wilmington NC   AGL           Safety Transit   1932 ECS
158            Manteo-Elizabeth City           Virginia Dare Transportation Co.
158            Elizabeth City-Sunbury    CCC(T)                              NSB
158            Sunbury-Winton            CCC(T)
158            Murfreesboro-Roanoke R.   CCC(T)
158      7313  Roanoke Rapids-Warrenton  CCC(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 CCC
158            Warrenton-Roxboro         CCC(T)
158       150  Henderson-Oxford          AGL
158            Yanceyville-Reidsville    VAT(T)
158  424  200  Winston Salem-Mocksville  AGL     1926  ---------------  1926 AGNC
220       206  Martinsville VA-Madison   AGL     1926  ---------------  1926 AGNC
220      8023  Greensboro-Rockingham     QCC(T)
221            Independence VA-Boone     AGL
221            Boone-Marion              QCC(T)
221            Marion-Cliffside          CSC(T)
258      7330  Norfolk-Scotland Neck     CCC(T)
258            Scotland Neck-Snow Hill   CCC(T)
258      7311  Snow Hill-Kinston         CCC(T)        Safeway Coach    1939 CCC
258  402 7311  Kinston-Jacksonville NC    CCC(T)        Safeway Coach    1939 CCC
264            Engelhard-Washington NC         Englehard Washington Bus Line
264  402 7325  Washington NC-Wilson      CCC(T)        Sutherland Bus   1935 CCC
264  402 7325  Wilson-Raleigh            CCC(T)        Safety Transit   1925 CCC
301  402 7311  Roanoke Rapids-Rocky Mt.  CCC(T)  1929  Virginia-Carol.  1935 CCC
301  402 7311  Rocky Mount-Wilson        CCC(T)        Safeway Coach    1939 CCC
301      7313  Wilson-Fayetteville       CCC(T)  1940  ---------------  1940 CCC
301  400 8000  Fayetteville-Rowland      QCC(T)
311            Danville VA-Madison NC    CCC(T)        J. C. Gilley     1943 CCC
311       206  Madison NC-Winston Salem  AGL     1926  ---------------  1926 AGNC
311            Winston Salem-High Point  AGL     1913  Central Coach    1926 AGNC
311            Winston Salem-Asheboro    QCC(T)
311            Biscoe-Aberdeen           QCC(T)
321      8042  Johnson City-Lincolnton   QCC(T)
321            Lincolnton-Gastonia             Lincolnton Bus Co.
401  400 7313  Warrenton-Raleigh         CCC(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 CCC
401  400  160  Raleigh-Fayetteville      AGL     1923  Safety Transit   1932 ECS
401  427  160  Fayetteville-Laurinburg   AGL     1923  Safety Transit   1932 ECS
401       160  Laurinburg-Society Hill   AGL     1923  Safety Transit   1932 ECS
401      7313  Raleigh-Fayetteville      CCC(T)        Safety Transit   1925 CCC
401      8000  Raleigh-Fayetteville      QCC(T)
401      8035  Fayetteville-Raeford      QCC(T)
421      2820  Mountain City-Boone       AGL
421       210  Boone-North Wilkesboro    AGL
421       210  N. Wilkesboro-Winston S.  AGL     1919  Caudill Express  1926 AGNC
421  424  200  Winston Salem-Greensboro  AGL           Royal Blue Line  1926 AGNC
421      8035  Greensboro-Sanford        QCC(T)
421            Sanford-Lillington        CCC(T)  1940  ---------------  1940 CCC
421      3047  Lillington-Dunn           CCC(T)  1940  ---------------  1940 CCC
421      3047  Dunn-Clinton NC           QCC(T)
421      3047  Clinton NC-Wilmington NC  AGL
421            Wilmington NC-Ft. Fisher  QCC(T)
501            South Boston-Roxboro      VAT(T)        Lynchburg-Durh.  1934 VAT
501      7972  Roxboro-Durham            VAT(T)        Southern Pass.   1934 VAT
601            Mt. Airy-Salisbury              Carolina Tennessee Coach Co.
601            Concord-Monroe            QCC(T)
701            Clinton NC-Conway SC      QCC(T)
  S       210  Abington VA-Mountain C.   AGL
  S            Winston Salem-Greenville  AGL
  S      7300  Edenton-Washington NC     CCC(T)  1930  Va. Beach Bus    1934 NSB
  S      7311  Wilson-Snow Hill          CCC(T)        Safeway Coach    1939 CCC
  S      7311  Jacksonville-Wilmington   CCC(T)
  S      7319  Martinsville VA-Eden      CCC(T)        Carolina-Va.     1943 CCC
  S            Eden-Burlington           CCC(T)        Carolina-Va.     1943 CCC
  S      7322  Sanford-Charlotte         CCC(T)        Dixie Motor Tr.  1933 CCC
  S  423 7330  Ahoskie-Rocky Mount       CCC(T)  1928  ---------------  1928 CCC
  S  423 7330  Scotland Neck-Rocky Mt.   CCC(T)
  S  423 7330  Durham-Chapel Hill        CCC(T)        C. H. D. Line    1926 CCC
  S      7330  Raleigh-Chapel Hill       CCC(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 CCC
  S  423 7330  Chapel Hill-Greensboro    CCC(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 CCC
  S            Lillington-Kinston        CCC(T)  1940  ---------------  1940 CCC
  S            Roxboro-Danville VA       CCC(T)
  S            Burlington NC-Roxboro     CCC(T)
  S            Louisburg-Wood            CCC(T)
  S            Forest City-Cliffside     CSC(T)
  S      7970  Boone-Galax               VAT(T)
  S      7972  Danville VA-Roxboro       VAT(T)        Southern Pass.   1934 VAT
  S      8003  Winston Salem-Albemarle   QCC(T)
  S      8010  Charlotte-Florence        QCC(T)
  S      8016  Hickory-Charlotte         QCC(T)
  S      8020  Fayettev.-Wilmington NC   QCC(T)
  S  427 8020  Fayettev.-Jacksonville    QCC(T)
  S      8035  Sanford-Fayetteville      QCC(T)
  S      8035  Fayetteville-Laurinburg   QCC(T)
  S      8035  Biscoe-Raeford            QCC(T)
  S            Concord NC-Lexington      QCC(T)
  S            Burlington-Albemarle      QCC(T)
  S            Albemarle-Davidson        QCC(T)
  S            Ashboro-Southern Pines    QCC(T)
  S            Bakersville-Marion        QCC(T)
  S            Warsaw-Kinston            QCC(T)
  S            Erwin-Kingsport           QCC(T)
  S            Kingsport-Asheville       QCC(T)
  S            Shelby-Salisbury          QCC(T)
  S            Erwin-Greeneville TN      QCC(T)
  S            Johnson City-Spruce Pine  QCC(T)
  S            Asheville-Brevard         SMS(T)
  S            Hiawassee GA-Hayesville   SMS(T)
  S            Sylva-Cashiers            SMS(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)".

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.



2820  Twin State Coach Lines
3047  Southern Coach Co.
3425  Seashore Transportation Co.



GREYHOUND BUS COMPANIES

Atlantic Greyhound Lines (AGL) - incorporated 1936 as merger of Atlantic Greyhound Lines of North Carolina (AGNC), East Coast Stages (ECS), Old South Lines (OSL), Skyland Stages (SKYS), and several other companies. Consolidated 1960 into Southern Division of Greyhound. 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 East Coast Stages was incorporated in 1932 by acquiring Safety Transit Co., and Skyland Stages was incorporated in 1930.


TRAILWAYS BUS COMPANIES

Carolina Coach Co./Carolina Trailways (CCC) - incorporated 1925 as Carolina Coach Co., in 1940 joined Trailways. In 1954 acquired Norfolk Southern Bus Co. (NSB), which had been formed in 1926 as a bus subsidiary of Norfolk Southern Railroad.

Carolina Scenic Coach Lines/Carolina Scenic Trailways (CSC) - in 1938 joined Trailways, sold 1973 to Continental Trailways.

Queen City Coach/Queen City Trailways (QCC) - in 1939 joined Trailways, sold 1966 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.

Virginia Stage Lines/Virginia Trailways (VAT) - incorporated 1925, in 1938 joined Trailways, sold 1966 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

EARLIER TRAILWAYS COMPANIES

Some of the more obscure Trailways member companies, which eventually became part of the nationwide Trailways system.

Greensboro-Fayetteville Bus Line/Greensboro-Fayetteville Trailways - acquired by Queen City Coach/Queen City Trailways.


INDEPENDENT BUS COMPANIES

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


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