INTERCITY BUS ROUTES - HISTORY

NEW YORK

Central Greyhound Lines was the most significant bus company in New York, while several Trailways companies also operated. Central Greyhound Lines was affiliated with the New York Central Railroad, the most significant railroad 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.




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

  4      1986  Fair Haven-Glens Falls    CGL     1929  Champlain Coach  1942 CGL
  C  152  220  Montreal-Rouses Point     CGL     1929  Champlain Coach  1942 CGL
  9  152  220  Rouses Point-Albany       CGL     1929  Champlain Coach  1942 CGL
  9  152  230  Albany-New York           CGL     1928  ---------------  1928 EGNY
  9 7100 7100  Plattsburgh-Albany        ADT(T)
  9 7101 7101  Albany-New York           ADT(T)
  C       250  Montreal-Rouses Point     CGL     1941  ---------------  1941 EGNY
 11       250  Rouses Point-Malone       CGL     1941  ---------------  1941 EGNY
 11       250  Malone-Potsdam            CGL           Wm. Crawford     1925 EGNY
 11  162  250  Potsdam-Canton            CGL           Wm. Crawford     1925 EGNY
 11  162  250  Canton-Gouverneur         CGL     1925  ---------------  1925 EGNY
 11  162  250  Gouverneur-Watertown      CGL     1922  Frank L. Hale    1925 EGNY
 11  162  250  Watertown-Adams           CGL     1922  Fred Carpenter   1925 EGNY
  I            BREWERTON-SYRACUSE            1901-1932  SYR. NORTHERN
 11  162  250  Adams-Syracuse            CGL     1924  Walter Aldrich   1925 EGNY
 11  174  265  Syracuse-Cortland         CGL     1921  Unity Bus Lines  1925 EGNY
 11  174  265  Cortland-Binghamton       CGL     1928  ---------------  1928 EGNY
 15            Rochester-Bath                  Valley Bus Lines
 15            Bath-Elmira               CGL
  I            SYRACUSE-ROCHESTER            1906-1931  ROC. & SYR.
  T  170  255  Albany NY-Erie PA         CGL
 20       241  Albany NY-Cazenovia       CGL     1928  ---------------  1928 EGNY
 20      2442  Auburn-Seneca Falls       CGL     1926  Finger Lakes RT  1929 EGNY
  I            SENECA FALLS-GENEVA           1895-1928  GEN. SEN. FALLS
 20      2442  Seneca Falls-Geneva       CGL     1928  ---------------  1928 EGNY
  I            GENEVA-CANANDAIGUA            1903-1930  NY STATE RYS
 20       264  Geneva-Canandaigua        CGL     1928  ---------------  1928 EGNY
  I            BUFFALO-ERIE PA                1903-1933  BUF. & L. ERIE
 20       243  Buffalo-Erie PA           CGL     1925  ---------------  1925 BECC
 44            Millerton-Poughkeepsie          Shuttle Bus Line
 62      2477  Buffalo-Dayton NY         CGL     1931  Penn-Niagara     1933 WRS
  I            JAMESTOWN-WARREN PA           1905-1929  WARREN & JAMESTOWN
 62       320  Jamestown-Warren PA       CGL     1929  ---------------  1929 WRS
104      7123  Mexico-Rochester          RPB(T)        Roc. Oswego      1956 RPB
  I            ROCHESTER-LOCKPORT            1908-1931  BUF. LOCKP. & ROC.
104       236  Rochester-Lockport        CGL     1929  Western NY Mot.  1929 EGNY
209            Kingston-Ellenville             Eagle Bus Line
209            Ellenville-Wurtsboro            Hudson Transit Lines
219      7868  Buffalo-Bradford PA       EMT(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 EMT
  S  152  220  Plattsburgh-Saranac Lake  CGL           Adirondack MB    1942 CGL
  S 7118  235  Syracuse-Cortland         CGL     1921  Unity Bus Lines  1925 EGNY
  S 7118  235  Cortland-Ithaca           CGL           Cortland-Ithaca  1928 EGNY
  S 7118  235  Ithaca-Elmira             CGL
  S       250  Plattsburgh-Malone        CGL           John LeClaire    1925 EGNY
  S  162  250  Massena-Potsdam           CGL     1933  ---------------  1933 CGL
  S       250  Watertown-Lowville        CGL     1923  Howard Vrooman   1925 EGNY
  S       250  Lowville-Boonville        CGL           Olney Failing    1925 EGNY
  S       250  Boonville-Utica           CGL           Emmett Brazie    1925 EGNY
  S      2432  Watertown-Alexandria Bay  CGL     1913  Fred I. Dailey   1925 EGNY
  S      2434  Watertown-Ogdensburg      CGL           George Willard   1925 EGNY
  S  170  255  Albany NY-Erie PA         CGL     1929  ---------------  1929 EGNY
  S       257  Towanda-Buffalo           CGL
  S   68  260  Albany NY-Cobleskill      CGL     1923  Lester Bus Line  1928 EGNY
  S   68  260  Cobleskill-Oneonta        CGL           O. G. Blencoe    1930 EGNY
  S   68  260  Oneonta-Sidney            CGL     1930  ---------------  1930 EGNY
  S   68  260  Sidney-Binghamton         CGL           Walter Engelke   1930 EGNY
  S       264  Binghamton-Ithaca         CGL
  S       264  Ithaca-Geneva             CGL     1933  ---------------  1933 CGL
  S       241  Cazenovia-Syracuse        CGL     1928  ---------------  1928 EGNY
  I            SYRACUSE-AUBURN               1901-1930  AUB. & SYR.
  S      2442  Syracuse-Auburn           CGL           Mid-State Coach  1930 EGNY
  I            CANANDAIGUA-ROCHESTER         1903-1930  NY STATE RYS
  S       264  Canandaigua-Rochester     CGL     1928  ---------------  1928 EGNY
  S       320  Buffalo-Jamestown         CGL                                 WRS
  S      2438  Fredonia-Jamestown        CGL     1922  Jamestown-Fred.  1940 BECC
  S      2439  Jamestown-Little Valley   CGL           Randolph-James.  1929 BECC
  S      2475  Buffalo-East Aurora       CGL     1924  ---------------  1924 PGNY
  S      2475  East Aurora-Olean         CGL     1928  ---------------  1928 PGNY
  S      2477  Dayton-Little Valley      CGL     1931  Penn-Niagara     1933 WRS
  I            LITTLE VALLEY-SALAMANCA       1908-1925  OB&S TRACTION
  S      2477  Little Valley-Salamanca   CGL           Cattaraugus      1929 BECC
  I            SALAMANCA-OLEAN               1907-1927  OB&S TRACTION
  S      2477  Salamanca-Olean           CGL     1926  OB&S Bus Co.     1938 BECC
  I            SALAMANCA-BRADFORD            1908-1927  OB&S TRACTION
  S      2477  Salamanca-Bradford        CGL     1927  OB&S Bus Co.     1938 BECC
  I            WESTFIELD-JAMESTOWN           1904-1926  CHAUTAUQUA TR.
  S      2481  Westfield-Jamestown               1926  ---------------  1926 WRS
  S 7100 7100  Massena-Schroon Lake      ADT(T)
  S      7101  Westport-Glens Falls      ADT(T)
  S      7101A Tupper Lake-Glens Falls   ADT(T)
  S 7102 7102  Utica-Oneonta             PHT(T)
  S 7102 7102  Oneonta-Kingston          PHT(T)
  S 7102 7103  Oneonta-Windham-Kingston  ADT(T)
  I            SCHNECTADY-GLOVERSVILLE       1894-1938  FONDA JOHNSTOWN
  S 7104 7100  Schnectady-Gloversville   ADT(T)  1929  Fonda Johnstown  1970 ADT
  S 7121 7121  Rochester-Batavia         WNY(T)  1916  Buffalo Road     1925 WNY
  S 7121 7121  Batavia-Buffalo           WNY(T)  1921  John Mullen      1924 WNY
  S      7122  Rochester-Caledonia       WNY(T)                         1930 WNY
  I            SODUS POINT-ROCHESTER         1900-1929  NY STATE RYS
  S      7123  Watertown-Mexico          RPB(T)        Roc. Oswego      1956 RPB
  S 7120 7125  Rochester-Avon            RPB(T)  1934  ---------------  1934 RPB
  S 7120 7125  Avon-Mt. Morris           RPB(T)  1938  ---------------  1938 RPB
  S 7120 7125  Mt. Morris-Dansville      RPB(T)  1942  ---------------  1942 RPB
  S 7120 7125  Dansville-Bath            RPB(T)  1945  ---------------  1945 RPB
  S 7120 7125  Bath-Elmira               RPB(T)        Carpenter's RT   1945 RPB
  S      7140  Elmira-Binghamton         CBC(T)  1962  ---------------  1962 CBC
  S 7141 7140  Elmira-Sayre              CBC(T)  1962  ---------------  1962 CBC


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.



1986       Vermont Transit
2432-2434  Thousand Island Bus Lines
2438-2440  D&F Transit
2442       Onondaga Coach Corp.
2475-2484  Blue Bird Coach Lines
7117-7121  New York Trailways



GREYHOUND BUS COMPANIES

Central Greyhound Lines (CGL) - incorporated 1936 as merger of Eastern Greyhound Lines of New York (EGNY), Pennsylvania Greyhound Lines of New York (PGNY), and Eastern Greyhound Lines of Michigan. Consolidated 1955 into Eastern Division of Greyhound. Eastern Greyhound Lines of New York was incorporated in 1925 as Colonial Motor Coach Corp., renamed in 1930 to Eastern Greyhound Lines of New York. And Pennsylvania Greyhound Lines of New York was incorporated in 1924 as Buffalo Interurban Bus Lines Co., renamed 1931 to Pennsylvania Greyhound Lines of New York.

West Ridge Transportation Co. (WRS) - incorporated 1922, consolidated 1950 into Central Greyhound Lines. In 1935 had acquired controlling interest in Buffalo & Erie Coach Corp. (BECC), which had been formed in 1925 as bus subsidiary of Buffalo & Erie Railway Co., consolidated in 1946 into West Ridge Transportation Co.


TRAILWAYS BUS COMPANIES

Adirondack Transit Lines/Adirondack Trailways (ADT) - in 1936 joined Trailways.

Pine Hill-Kingston Bus/Pine Hill Trailways (PHT) - in 1966 joined Trailways.

Western New York Motor Lines/Empire Trailways (WNY) - incorporated 1924 as Western New York Motor Lines, sold 1958 to Rochester-Penfield Bus Co. which adopted name Western New York Motor Lines, in 1962 joined Trailways, officially renamed 1981 to Empire Trailways, sold 1994 to New York Trailways.

Rochester-Penfield Bus Co./Valley Trailways (RPB) - incorporated 1934 as Rochester-Penfield Bus Co., later began operating under name Valley Bus Lines, later Valley Trailways, in 1958 officially renamed Western New York Motor Lines after acquisition of that company, in 1962 joined Trailways, officially renamed 1981 to Empire Trailways, sold 1994 to New York Trailways.

Capitol Bus Co./Capitol Trailways (CBC) - incorporated 1934 as Capitol Bus Co., in 1948 joined Trailways.

In 1969, Continental Trailways acquired Edwards Lake To Sea System (EMT) which had been formed in 1918 as Curwensville Motor Transit Co., and incorporated 1921 as Edwards Motor Transit Co.


INDEPENDENT BUS COMPANIES

Further information on the significant independent bus companies, serving New York.


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