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 12 537 Ortonville-Summit NGL 1947 --------------- 1947 NGL 12 763 537 Summit-Aberdeen NGL 1947 --------------- 1947 NGL 12 897 Aberdeen-Mobridge Jack Rabbit Lines 12 Mobridge-Miles City MT Yellowstone Trail Short Line 14 889 Brookings-Rapid City Jack Rabbit Lines 14 4682 8507 Rapid City-Spearfish BTC(T) 16 759 889 Sioux Falls-Mitchell Jack Rabbit Lines 16 759 889 Mitchell-Rapid City Inter City Bus Line/Jack Rabbit 16 8508 Rapid City-Newcastle WY BTC(T) 18 898 Bonesteel-Winner Velder Bus Line/Randall Bus Line 18 Winner-Hot Springs Rosebud Line 18 8508 Hot Springs-Lusk WY BTC(T) Platte Valley 1937 BTC 77 751 890 Ortonville-Sioux Falls Jack Rabbit Lines 77 751 561 Sioux Falls-Sioux City OGL 1925 Sioux Falls Tr. 1930 ITL 81 Howard-Watertown Jack Rabbit Lines 81 891A Watertown-Madison Jack Rabbit Lines 81 Madison-Salem Jack Rabbit Lines 81 896 Parker-Yankton Jack Rabbit Lines 81 Yankton-Norfolk Inter City Bus Line 83 946 Selby-Pierre Interstate Transp./NODAK Stages 85 Bowman ND-Belle Fourche Carter Transport 85 8507 Belle Fourche-Deadwood BTC(T) 212 891 Watertown-Redfield Jack Rabbit Lines 212 895 Redfield-Gettysburg Jack Rabbit Lines 212 Gettysburg-Newell Jack Rabbit Lines 281 893 Jamestown ND-Wolsey Jack Rabbit Lines 281 898 Mitchell-Bonesteel Randall Bus Lines 385 8508 Custer SD-Hot Springs BTC(T) Platte Valley 1937 BTCRussell'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 or other routes were sold to the following independent bus companies, identified by the following Russell's Guide table numbers.
749- 767 Jefferson Lines 4682-4691 Powder River Transportation
Overland Greyhound Lines (OGL) - incorporated 1952, acquiring Union Pacific Stages and Interstate Transit Lines (ITL). 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 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.