INTERCITY BUS ROUTES - HISTORY

OREGON

Overland Greyhound Lines, Pacific Greyhound Lines, and Pacific Trailways were the most significant bus companies in Oregon. Overland Greyhound Lines and Pacific Greyhound Lines were affiliated with the Union Pacific Railroad and Southern Pacific Railroad respectively, the most significant railroads 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

 20      7784  Ontario-Burns             PT(T)         Charles Howard   1935 PT
 20      7784  Burns-Bend                PT(T)         William Kinney   1934 PT
 20      7784  Bend-Corvallis            PT(T)
 20       611  Corvallis-Newport         PACGL         ---------------
 26      7784  Vale-Prairie City         PT(T)   1947  ---------------  1947 PT
 26      7784  Prairie City-Prineville   PT(T)   1934  ---------------  1934 PT
 26      7784  Prineville-Madras         PT(T)         Bill Moore       1934 PT
 26      7784  Madras-Government Camp    PT(T)   1937  ---------------  1937 PT
 26      7784  Government Camp-Portland  PT(T)         Portland Motor   1931 PT
 26       613  Portland-Astoria          PACGL   1937  SP&S Trans. Co.  1953 PACGL
 30  500  500  Ontario-Pendleton         OGL           Blue Mountain    1929 CGMC
 30  500  500  Pendleton-Portland        OGL     1921  Columbia Stages  1926 CGMC
 30       614  Portland-Astoria          PACGL   1917  Columbia Stages  1953 PACGL
 97      7783  Biggs-Bend                PT(T)         Columbia Gorge   1931 PT
 97      7783  Bend-Klamath Falls        PT(T)         Portland Motor   1933 PT
  I            PORTLAND-CORVALLIS            1914-1929  SOU. PACIFIC
  I            PORTLAND-EUGENE               1908-1933  OREGON ELEC.
 99  600  600  Portland-Medford          PACGL   1921  ---------------  1921 PIS
 99      8552  Portland-Medford          WEC(T)  1945  ---------------  1948 WEC
101       607  Lincoln C.-Crescent City  PACGL   1920  ---------------  1920 PIS
126      7784  Bend-Eugene               PT(T)         Oregon Stages    1933 PT
197      7783  The Dalles-Madras         PT(T)         Del Mattson      1931 PT
199       602A Grants Pass-Crescent C.   PACGL   1927  ---------------  1927 SPMT
395            Pendleton-Burns                 Blue Mountain Stage Co.
395            Burns-Lakeview                  Red Ball Stages
395            Lakeview-Alturas CA             Redding Alturas Lake View Stages
  S       506  Walla Walla-Pendleton     OGL     1921  Davin-Horn Co.   1927 UPS
  S       607  Portland-Lincoln City     PACGL   1920  ---------------  1920 PIS
  S       602  Medford-Klamath Falls     PACGL
  S       610  Eugene-Roseburg           PACGL
  S       615  Portland-Seaside          PACGL         Oregon Motor     1953 PACGL


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)".


GREYHOUND BUS COMPANIES

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.

Pacific Greyhound Lines (PACGL) - incorporated 1929 as Pacific Transportation Securities, as merger of California Transit Co., Southern Pacific Motor Transportation Co. (SPMT), and Pickwick Stages (PIS). Renamed 1930 to Pacific Greyhound Lines, and consolidated 1957 into Western Division of Greyhound. Southern Pacific Motor Transportation Co. had been formed in formed in 1927 as a bus subsidiary of Southern Pacific Railroad. And Pickwick Stages had been incorporated in 1912.


TRAILWAYS BUS COMPANIES

West Coast Bus Lines/West Coast Trailways (WEC) - incorporated 1938, in 1938 joined Trailways, sold 1948 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

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


INDEPENDENT BUS COMPANIES

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


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