INTERCITY BUS ROUTES - HISTORY

OHIO

Several Greyhound and Trailways companies served Ohio. A few Greyhound companies had evolved from former Interurban Railway companies, which had earlier replaced their trains with buses, 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

  6      1775  Linesville PA-Cleveland         O.D. Anderson
  I            CLEVELAND-SANDUSKY            1894-1938  LAKE SHORE
  6       335  Cleveland-Sandusky        CGL     1923  Cle-Lorain-San.  1949 LSCC
  T  170  255  Conneaut-Cleveland        CGL
  I            CONNEAUT-ASHTABULA            1901-1926  PA. & OHIO
  I            ASHTABULA-CLEVELAND           1896-1926  CLE. PAINSV. & ASH.
 20       243  Conneaut-Cleveland        CGL     1923  Cle.-Asht.-Con.  1928 EGOH
 20      7773  Ashtabula-Cleveland       LFL(T)  1945  Cent. Greyhound  1964 LFL
  T  200  285  Cleveland-Toledo          CGL     1933  ---------------  1933 CGL
  I            CLEVELAND-ELYRIA-NORWALK      1895-1931  CLE. SW & COL.
 20       336  Cleveland-Elyria-Norwalk  CGL           Buckeye Stages   1938 CGL
  I            NORWALK-TOLEDO                1901-1938  LAKE SHORE
 20            Norwalk-Toledo            CGL           Lake Shore       1949 LSCC
  I            CLEVELAND-AKRON               1895-1932  NORTHERN OHIO
  I            AKRON-CANTON                  1892-1928  NORTHERN OHIO
 21  233  340  Cleveland-Canton          POC(G)        Cle-Akr-Canton   1930 POC
  I            CANTON-UHRICHSVILLE           1892-1929  NORTHERN OHIO
 21  401  310  Canton-Parkersburg WV     POC(G)        Red Eagle Bus    1940 POC
 22      2077A Steubenville-Cadiz        PGL
 22      7800  Steubenville-Zanesville   ABI(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 ABI
 22            Zanesville-Lancaster            United Motor Stage Co.
 22            Lancaster-Washington CH   VPS(G)
 22            Washington CH-Wilmington  PGL     1925  Midwest Transit  1938 PGL
 22            Wilmington-Cincinnati     PGL           Scenic Transit   1938 PGL
 23  215  315  Toledo-Columbus           GLGI          Arcodel          1938 GLGI
 23       345  Delaware OH-Columbus      PGL           Buckeye Stages   1938 PGL
  I            MARION-COLUMBUS               1903-1933  COL. DEL. & MARION
 23       315  Marion-Columbus           GLGI    1933  Marion-Lima      1939 GLGI
  I            COLUMBUS-CHILLICOTHE OH       1904-1930  SCIOTO VALLEY
 23            Columbus-Chillicothe OH   VPS(G)  1928  ---------------  1928 VPS
 23  215  315  Columbus-Portsmouth       AGL     1923  Cannon Ball Tr.  1929 AGWV
 24  239  401  Toledo-Fort Wayne         PGL     1925  Interstate Sta.  1926 SMCL
  I            TOLEDO-LIMA                   1908-1937  CIN. & L. ERIE
  I            DAYTON-CINCINNATI             1897-1939  CIN. & L. ERIE
 25  444  350  Toledo-Cincinnati         GLGI    1927  ---------------  1927 GLOH
 27       343  Richmond IN-Cincinnati    GLGI          Ohio Bus Line    1970's
 30       280  Pittsburgh-Lisbon         PGL     1928  ---------------  1928 GLIN
 30            Lisbon-Canton             PGL     1928  ---------------  1928 GLIN
 30       280  Canton-Fort Wayne         PGL     1928  ---------------  1928 GLIN
  I            LAKEVIEW-BELLEFONTAINE        1900-1939  CIN. & L. ERIE
 33            Lakeview-Bellefontaine    GLGI    1923  Dayton & Col.    1923 CLE
 33            Bellefontaine-Columbus          Columbus Marysville Bus Co.
  I            COLUMBUS-LANCASTER            1904-1930  SCIOTO VALLEY
 33       292  Columbus-Lancaster        VPS(G)        Ohio Transit     1928 VPS
 33       292  Lancaster-Athens OH       VPS(G)  1923  O. B. Daniels    1928 VPS
 33            Athens OH-Pomeroy         VPS(G)        Athens Coach     1928 VPS
 33      7145  Athens OH-Pomeroy         ZTL(T)  1956  ---------------  1956 ZTL
 35  202  290  Richmond IN-Dayton        PGL     1928  Yelloway         1929 GLIN
  I            DAYTON-XENIA                  1899-1937  DAYTON & XENIA TRANSIT
 35            Dayton-Xenia                    Dayton & Xenia Motor Bus Co.
 35            Dayton-Chillicothe              Dayton & Southeastern
 35            Chillicothe-Gallipolis    AGL           Chilli.-Jackson  1943 AGL
 36      2077A Urichsville-Coshocton     PGL
 36            Millwood-Mount Vernon           Servais Transit
 36            Mount Vernon-Sunbury      PGL           Buckeye Stages   1938 PGL
 36            Delaware OH-Marysville    GLGI          E. J. Coleman    1926 CLE
 36            Urbana-Piqua                    Columbus Celina Coach Co.
 36            Piqua-Greenville                Greenville Dayton Transport. Co.
 40  202  290  Wheeling WV-Dayton        PGL     1928  Yelloway         1929 GLIN
 40      7800  Zanesville-Richmond IN    ABI(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 ABI
  I            COLUMBUS-DAYTON               1900-1939  CIN. & L. ERIE
 40       334  Columbus-Dayton           GLGI    1922  Red Star         1923 CLE
 42  234  345  Cleveland-Delaware OH     PGL           Buckeye Stages   1938 PGL
 42  234  345  London-Xenia              GLGI          Spfd.-S Charl.   1924 CLE
 42  234  345  Xenia-Cincinnati          GLGI          Buckeye Stages   1938 GLGI
 50       291  Parkersburg-Cincinnati    CPG           Yelloway         1930 CPG
 52       315  Huntington WV-Portsmouth  AGL     1926  Cannon Ball Tr.  1929 AGWV
 52       295  Portsmouth-Cincinnati     AGL           Cinc. Por. & E.  1930 AGWV
  I            SHARON-YOUNGSTOWN             1901-1939  PENN-OHIO
 62      2080C Sharon-Youngstown         POC(G)  1922  ---------------  1922 POC
 62            Youngstown-Salem          POC(G)
 62       280  Salem-Canton              PGL     1928  ---------------  1928 GLIN
 62       342  Canton-Columbus           POC(G)  1942  ---------------  1942 POC
 62            Columbus-Washington CH    PGL     1925  Midwest Transit  1938 PGL
 62            Washington CH-Hillsboro         Xenia Hillsboro Bus Co.
 68            Findlay-Bellefontaine     GLGI    1935  ---------------  1935 GLIN
  I            BELLEFONTAINE-SPRINGF.        1900-1939  CIN. & L. ERIE
 68            Bellefontaine-Urbana      GLGI    1923  Dayton & Col.    1923 CLE
 68            Urbana-Springfield OH     GLGI    1922  Red Star         1923 CLE
  I            SPRINGFIELD-XENIA             1902-1934  SPRINGFIELD & XENIA
 68            Springfield-Xenia               Springfield & Xenia Transp. Co.
 68            Xenia-Wilmington                Xenia-Hillsboro Bus Co.
127            Van Wert-Greenville             Greenville Dayton Transport. Co.
127            Eaton-Cincinnati                Ohio Bus Line
224       279  Pittsburgh-Youngstown     PGL           Cardinal Stage   1928 GLIN
224       279  Youngstown-Akron          POC(G)        Akron-Youngst.   1923 POC
250       310  Wheeling-Dover            POC(G)        Cadiz Bus Line   1938 POC
250      2077A Cadiz-Urichsville         PGL
250            Wooster-Ashland           PGL
250      1608  Wooster-Ashland                 Ashland City Lines
250            Norwalk-Sandusky          CGL     1928  Lake Shore       1949 LSCC
  I            NEW CASTLE-YOUNGSTOWN         1900-1933  PENN-OHIO
422      2083  New Castle-Youngstown     POC(G)  1926  ---------------  1926 POC
  I            YOUNGSTOWN-WARREN             1895-1932  PENN-OHIO
422       337  Youngstown-Warren         POC(G)  1922  ---------------  1922 POC
422       337  Warren-Cleveland          POC(G)        Cle-Warren-You.  1926 POC
422            Youngstown-Cleveland      PGL           Cardinal Stage   1928 GLIN
422      7866  Youngstown-Cleveland      EMT(T)  1933  ---------------  1933 EMT


INTERCITY ROUTES VIA STATE HIGHWAYS

Additional bus and interurban rail routes along Ohio state highways.

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.



2077A      Pittsburgh & Weirton Bus Co.
2080-2085  Grove City Bus Line



GREYHOUND BUS COMPANIES

Atlantic Greyhound Lines (AGL) - incorporated 1936 as merger of Atlantic Greyhound Lines of West Virginia (AGWV), and several other companies. Consolidated 1960 into Southern Division of Greyhound. Atlantic Greyhound Lines of West Virginia had been incorporated in 1928 as Blue & Gray Lines, renamed in 1931 to Atlantic Greyhound Lines of West Virginia.

Capitol Greyhound Lines (CPG) - incorporated 1930, consolidated 1955 into Eastern Division of Greyhound.

Central Greyhound Lines (CGL) - incorporated 1936 as merger of Eastern Greyhound Lines of Michigan and two companies in New York, consolidated 1955 into Eastern Division of Greyhound. Eastern Greyhound Lines of Michigan had been incorporated in 1924 as Safety Motor Coach Lines (SMCL), acquired in 1926 by Greyhound predecessor Motor Transit Corp. as a subsidiary, and renamed in 1930 to Eastern Greyhound Lines of Michigan. In 1933, Eastern Greyhound Lines of New York absorbed Eastern Greyhound Lines of Ohio (EGOH), which had been incorporated in 1923 as Cleveland-Ashtabula-Conneaut Bus Co., renamed 1928 to Great Lakes Stages. In 1949 assumed operation of routes previously operated by Lake Shore Coach Co. (LSCC), which had been formed in 1922 as bus subsidiary of Lake Shore Electric Railway. At the same time, Lake Shore Coach Co. acquired the routes from Valley Greyhound Lines.

Great Lakes Greyhound Lines of Indiana (GLGI) - incorporated 1941, acquiring the original Ohio Greyhound Lines, which had been renamed in 1935 from the original Central Greyhound Lines. Two earlier Greyhound companies had been incorporated in 1926 in Indiana (GLIN) and Ohio (GLOH), with routes in 1930 reassigned to Pennsylvania Greyhound Lines, and this original Central Greyhound Lines. In 1957, Great Lakes Greyhound Lines of Indiana was consolidated into Central Division of Greyhound. In 1949, Great Lakes Greyhound Lines of Indiana acquired Cincinnati & Lake Erie Bus Co. (CLE) which had been formed in 1922 as Dayton & Columbus Transportation Co., a bus subsidiary of Indiana Columbus & Eastern Traction Co., renamed 1930 to Cincinnati & Lake Erie Bus Co. when railway was merged into Cincinnati & Lake Erie Railroad, renamed 1939 Cincinnati & Lake Erie Transportation Co. when railway service was discontinued.

Ohio Greyhound Lines (POC) - incorporated 1945, acquiring Penn-Ohio Coach Lines, which had been formed in 1923 as bus subsidiary of Penn-Ohio System. Consolidated 1948 into Central Greyhound Lines, consolidated 1955 into Eastern Division of Greyhound.

Pennsylvania Greyhound Lines (PGL) - incorporated 1930, consolidated 1955 into Eastern Division of Greyhound. Two earlier Greyhound companies had been incorporated in 1926 in Indiana (GLIN) and Ohio (GLOH), with routes in 1930 reassigned to Pennsylvania Greyhound Lines, and the original Central Greyhound Lines which later became Great Lakes Greyhound Lines of Indiana.

Valley Greyhound Lines (VPS) - incorporated 1945, acquiring Valley Public Service Co., which had been formed in 1928 as bus subsidiary of Scioto Valley Railway & Power Co. Swapped in 1949 to Lake Shore Coach Co. in exchange for routes between Cleveland and Toledo, which became part of Central Greyhound Lines. When Lake Shore Coach Co. ceased operation of these Valley routes in 1974, some remaining services were integrated into the existing Greyhound network.

In 1955, Eastern Greyhound Lines acquired Blue Ridge Transportation Co. (BRL), which had been formed in 1923 as a bus subsidiary of Potomac Edison, formerly Hagerstown & Frederick Railway.


TRAILWAYS BUS COMPANIES

American Buslines (ABI) - incorporated 1935 as All American Bus Lines, renamed 1946 to American Buslines and joined Trailways, sold 1953 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Lake Front Trailways (LFL) - incorporated 1964 as Lake Front Lines, sold 1959 to Lake Front Trailways, discontinued 1982.

Northern Trails/Northern Trailways (NTR) - formed 1937, in 1939 joined Trailways, sold 1944 to All American Bus Lines, renamed 1946 to American Buslines and rejoined Trailways, sold 1953 to Transcontinental Bus System.

Zane Transit Lines/Ohio Trailways (ZTL) - incorporated 1920's as Zane Transit Lines, in 1956 joined Trailways and renamed Ohio Trailways, sold 1976 to Garfield Heights Coach Line.

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

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


Go to Chicago Transit & Railfan Web Site