INTERCITY BUS ROUTES - HISTORY

TEXAS

Southwestern Greyhound Lines and several Trailways companies served Texas. Dixie Trailways 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.

Western Texas

Eastern Texas




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

 54      8550  Texhoma-Tucumcari         SFT(T)
 57  801  791A La Pryor-Eagle Pass             Painter Bus Lines
 59  495 8353  Texarkana-Marshall        MOP(T)        South Texas      1930 MOP
 59            Marshall-Tenaha           DMC(T)        Monzingo Bus     1937 AMC
 59      8196  Tenaha-Nacogdoches        DMC(T)        Monzingo Bus     1937 AMC
 59  793 8196  Nacogdoches-Houston       DMC(T)        ---------------       AMC
 59  499 8258  Houston-Victoria          CBS(T)        Bowen Motor C.   1945 CBS
 59      8211  Victoria-Beeville         CBS(T)
 59  490 8302  Freer-Laredo              UB(T)
 60            Higgins-Pampa                   Mid Continent Coaches
 60            Pampa-Amarillo            PSI(T)
 60  815  833  Amarillo-Clovis NM              New Mexico Transportation Co.
 62            Childress-Paducah               Abilene Northern Coaches
 62       734  Paducah-Lubbock                 TNM&O Coaches
 62  810  734  Lubbock-Carlsbad NM             TNM&O Coaches
 62  810  734  Carlsbad NM-El Paso             Carlsbad Cavern Coaches/TNM&O
 66  470  577  Amarillo-Tucumcari        SWGL    1927  North Plains     1939 SWGL
 66      8250  Amarillo-Tucumcari        SFT(T)
 67  478  588  Texarkana-Mt. Pleasant    SWGL          C. M. Rogers     1928 SWTC
 67  478  588  Mt. Pleasant-Sulphur Sp.  SWGL          Wait's Red Ball  1930 SWTC
 67  478  588  Sulphur Sp.-Greenville    SWGL    1930  ---------------  1930 SWTC
 67  478  588  Greenville-Farmersville   SWGL          J. M. Griffin    1929 SWTC
 67  478  588  Farmersville-Dallas       SWGL          Dallas-Farmers.  1929 SWTC
 67            Dallas-Glen Rose                Central Texas Bus Lines
 67  799 8260  Stephenville-San Angelo   CBS(T)
 67      4090  San Angelo-McCamey              Oilfield Bus Line/Taos Transport.
 67      4090  McCamey-Presidio                Baygent Coaches/Taos Transport.
 69            Bells-Greenville                Mooney Motor Coaches
 69            Greenville-Tyler          DMC(T)
 69            Rusk-Alto                 CBS(T)
 69  495 4166  Tyler-Jacksonville        SWGL          Nunnelee Bus L.  1928 SWTC
 69      4166  Jacksonville-Lufki        SWGL          Nunnelee Bus L.  1928 SWTC
 69            Lufkin-Beaumont                 Lufkin Beaumont Motor Coaches
 70       745  Vernon-Plainview                TNM&O Coaches
 70            Plainview-Clovis NM             TNM&O Coaches
 75  482  575  Durant-Dallas             SWGL          Texas-Oklahoma   1929 PIG
 75      8428  Durant-Dallas             DMC(T)  1928  ---------------  1928 DMC
 75  497 8258  Dallas-Houston            CBS(T)        Bowen Motor C.   1945 CBS
 75  800 4159  Houston-Galveston               Texas Bus Lines
 77  362 8423  Ardmore-Dallas            ABI(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 ABI
 77      8423  Ardmore-Dallas            DMC(T)  1928  ---------------  1928 DMC
  I            DENTON-DALLAS                 1924-1931  TEXAS INTERU.
 77      8213  Denton-Dallas             DMC(T)
 77  484 4078  Dallas-Waco                     Texas Electric Railway
 77      4425  Waco-Cameron                    Central Texas Bus Lines
 77            La Grange-Victoria              Kerrville Bus Co.
 77  499 8258  Victoria-Corpus Christi   CBS(T)        Bowen Motor C.   1945 CBS
 77  499 8258  Corpus Christi-Brownsv.   UB(T)
 77            Corpus Christi-Riviera    MOP(T)        Blue Border Bus  1928 MOP
 77            Riviera-Raymondville      MOP(T)
 77      4206  Raymondville-Harlingen    MOP(T)        Dixie Bus Line   1928 MOP
 77      4202  Harlingen-San Benito      MOP(T)        Dixie Bus Line   1928 MOP
 77      4202  San Benito-Port Isabel    MOP(T)        E. C. Tuseth     1928 MOP
 77      4202  Port Isabel-Brownsville   MOP(T)        C. A. Neitert    1928 MOP
 79  437 8184  Shreveport-Henderson      DMC(T)
 79      8353  Henderson-Jacksonville    MOP(T)        Beeline Coach    1930 MOP
 79  495 8353  Jacksonville-Palestine    MOP(T)        Beeline Coach    1930 MOP
 79            Palestine-Hearne          CBS(T)
 79      8252  Hearne-Austin             CBS(T)        Bowen Motor C.   1945 CBS
 80  437 8184  Shreveport-Longview       DMC(T)        Monzingo Bus     1937 AMC
 80  437 8184  Longview-Tyler            DMC(T)        ---------------       AMC
 80  437 8184  Tyler-Dallas              DMC(T)  1919  ---------------  1919 SUN
 80  480  588  Dallas-Fort Worth         SWGL          Texas Motorcoa.  1928 WTC
 80  480  588  Fort Worth-Mineral Wells  SWGL    1923  Bowen Brothers   1926 WTC
 80  480  588  Mineral Wells-Cisco       SWGL    1926  Bowen Brothers   1926 WTC
 80  480  588  Cisco-Sweetwater          SWGL    1927  ---------------  1927 WTC
 80  480  588  Sweetwater-Colorado City  SWGL          Gus Rea          1928 WTC
 80  480  588  Colorado City-Big Spring  SWGL          Lewis & Lewis    1928 WTC
 80  480  588  Big Spring-Pecos          SWGL          Pageway Stage    1928 WTC
 80  480  588  Pecos-El Paso             SWGL    1928  ---------------  1928 WTC
 80      8215  Fort Worth-El Paso        ABI(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 ABI
 81            Waurika OK-Bowie                Oklahoma Transportation Co.
 81  820 8250  Bowie-Fort Worth          CBS(T)        Bowen Motor C.   1945 CBS
 81      8252  Austin-San Marcos         CBS(T)        Bowen Motor C.   1945 CBS
 81  484  587  Waco-San Antonio          SWGL          Red Ball Bus L.  1926 SLGL
 81  486  587  San Antonio-Laredo        SWGL          Spanish-Amer.    1928 SLGL
 82      8186  Texarkana-Paris           DMC(T)  1928  ---------------  1928 DMC
 82      8190  Paris-Wichita Falls       DMC(T)        Gaine.-Wich. F.  1938 DMC
 82  810  734  Wichita Falls-Lubbock           TNM&O Coaches
 83            Wheeler-Childress               Cap Rock Bus Line
 83            Childress-Abilene               Abilene Northern Coaches
 83      3972  Abilene-Ballinger               Sun Set Stages
 83            Ballinger-Junction              Kerrville Bus Co.
 83  801  790A Uvalde-La Pryor                 Painter Bus Lines
 83       790A La Pryor-Carrizo Springs        Painter Bus Lines
 83      8306  Carrizo Springs-Catarina  WGB(T)  1926  ---------------  1926 WGB
 83      8306  Catarina-Laredo           WGB(T)  1934  ---------------  1934 WGB
 83  498 8306  Laredo-Brownsville        UB(T)
 83      4202  Mission-Brownsville       MOP(T)        Black Diamond    1928 MOP
 84      8196  Logansport-Tenaha         DMC(T)        Monzingo Bus     1937 AMC
 84            Mt. Enterprise-Palestine  CBS(T)
 84      4420  Palestine-Waco                  Central Texas Bus Lines
 84      4086  Waco-Brownwood                  Arrow Coach Lines
 84            Brownwood-Coleman         CBS(T)
 84       789A Coleman-Abilene                 Kerrville Bus Co.
 84  821  738  Sweetwater-Clovis NM            TNM&O Coaches
 87  820  571  Texline-Amarillo          SWGL    1926  Paradox Land     1940 SWGL
 87  816  736  Amarillo-Big Spring             TNM&O Coaches
 87  787  787  Big Spring-San Antonio          Kerrville Bus Co.
 87            San Antonio-Port Lavaca   CBS(T)
 90  462  589  Lake Charles LA-Houston   SWGL          Young's Bus L.   1929 SLGL
 90      8180  Beaumont-Dayton           CBS(T)
 90      8180  Dayton-Houston            BSB(T)
 90  486  589  Houston-San Antonio       SWGL          South Texas      1929 SLGL
 90      8262  Houston-San Antonio       CBS(T)
 90  801  790  San Antonio-Del Rio             Painter Bus Lines
 90            Del Rio-Van Horn                Baygent Coaches
 96            Tenaha-San Augustine      DMC(T)        Red Star Bus     1937 AMC
 96      8191  San Augustine-Beaumont    DMC(T)        Red Star Bus     1937 AMC
175      8208  Dallas-Athens             DMC(T)
175            Athens-Jacksonville       DMC(T)
180            Fort Worth-Albany         SWGL    1927  Lone Star Stage  1929 WTC
180      8215  Fort Worth-Albany         ABI(T)
180            Albany-Carlsbad NM              TNM&O Coaches
180            Carlsbad NM-El Paso             Carlsbad Cavern Coaches
181      8252  San Marcos-San Antonio    CBS(T)        Bowen Motor C.   1945 CBS
181  490  587  San Antonio-Corpus Chr.   SWGL    1928  ---------------  1928 SLGL
183            Frederick OK-Vernon             Jordan Bus Co.
183            Vernon-Eastland                 Chisholm Trail Motor Coaches
183            Eastland-Rising Star            Mid Continent Coaches
183      4085  Rising Star-Austin              Arrow Coach Lines
183       785  Austin-Cuero                    Kerrville Bus Co.
190      4089  Hearne-Lampasas                 Arrow Coach Lines
190            Lampasas-Brady                  Arrow Coach Lines
259            De Kalb-Kilgore           DMC(T)
259  793 8201  Kilgore-Nacogdoches       DMC(T)        Red Star Bus     1937 AMC
271      4170  Mt. Pleasant-Tyler        SWGL          Nunnelee Bus L.  1928 SWTC
277       775  Wichita Falls-Abilene           Mid Continent Coaches
277            Abilene-San Angelo              Sun Set Stages
277  799 4171  San Angelo-Sonora               Kerrville Bus Co./Oilfield Bus
277  799 4171  Sonora-Del Rio                  O.S.T. Stages/Oilfield Bus
277  799 8306  Del Rio-Eagle Pass        WGB(T)  1947  ---------------  1947 WGB
277      8214  Eagle Pass-Carrizo Spr.   WGB(T)  1930  Southl. Greyh.   1948 WGB
281      8250  Wichita Falls-Jacksboro   CBS(T)
281            Jacksboro-Stephenville          Kemp Bus Line
281      8252  Stephenville-Hamilton     CBS(T)        Bowen Motor C.   1945 CBS
281      8252  Hamilton-San Antonio      UB(T)
281  490 8252  San Antonio-Brownsville   UB(T)
281            Falfurrias-Edinburg       MOP(T)        Blue Border Bus  1928 MOP
281      4203  Edinburg-McAllen          MOP(T)        Blue Border Bus  1928 MOP
283            Vernon-Throckmorton             Chisholm Trail Motor Coaches
283            Throckmorton-Coleman            Mid Continent Coaches
283       789A Coleman-Brady                   Kerrville Bus Co.
285            Pecos-Fort Stockton             Kerrville Bus Co.
287  820 8250  Boise City OK-Amarillo    CBS(T)
287  820 8250  Amarillo-Bowie            CBS(T)        Bowen Motor C.   1945 CBS
287            Fort Worth-Palestine      CBS(T)
287  495 8353  Palestine-Crockett        MOP(T)        South Texas      1930 MOP
287            Crockett-Woodville              Mack's Motor Coaches
287            Woodville-Beaumont              Lufkin Beaumont Motor Coaches
290  497  590  Houston-Hempstead         SWGL          Central Texas    1929 SLGL
290  786  786  Houston-Austin                  Kerrville Bus Co.
290       789  Austin-Fredericksburg           Kerrville Bus Co.
290            Fredericksburg-Junction         Kerrville Bus Co.
290  780  784  Junction-Fort Stockton          Kerrville Bus Co.
290  481  589  Fort Stockton-Kent        SWGL
377            Whitesboro-Fort Worth     DMC(T)
377            Brownwood-Brady           CBS(T)
380            Greenville-Denton               Mooney Motor Coaches
380            Decatur-Jacksboro         CBS(T)
380      8212  Jacksboro-Newcastle       CBS(T)
380            Post-Brownfield                 TNM&O Coaches
380            Brownfield-Socorro NM           Roswell Carrizozo Stage Line
385  813  748  Seminole-Odessa                 TNM&O Coaches
385      4090  Odessa-Fort Stockton            Baygent Coaches/Taos Transport.
385            Marathon-Big Bend Park          Baygent Coaches
  S      4168  Tyler-Waco                SWGL          Nunnelee Bus L.  1928 SWTC
  S       587  Dallas-Waco               SWGL          Red Ball Bus L.  1926 SLGL
  S  497  590  Fort Worth-Bryan          SWGL          South Texas      1929 SLGL
  S  497  590  Bryan-Hempstead           SWGL          Central Texas    1929 SLGL
  S            Albany-Abilene            SWGL    1927  Lone Star Stage  1929 WTC
  S      8184  Henderson-Dallas          DMC(T)
  S      8186  Paris-Dallas              DMC(T)  1928  ---------------  1928 DMC
  S      8191  Nacogdoches-San Aug.      DMC(T)        Red Star Bus     1937 AMC
  S            San Augustine-Many LA     DMC(T)
  S  793 8196  Logansport-Nacogdoches    DMC(T)        Monzingo Bus     1937 AMC
  S            Lufkin-Trinity            DMC(T)        Lufkin & Gt. W.  1938 AMC
  S            Trinity-Huntsville        DMC(T)  1938  ---------------  1938 AMC
  S            Huntsville-Brenham        DMC(T)        R, M. Hudson     1938 AMC
  S      8201  Tyler-Kilgore             DMC(T)        Red Star Bus     1937 AMC
  I            DALLAS-TERRELL                1913-1931  TEXAS INTERU.
  S      8206  Dallas-Terrell            DMC(T)
  S      8208  Athens-Palestine          DMC(T)
  S            Denton-Sherman            DMC(T)
  S      8211  Beeville-Alice            CBS(T)
  S      8212  Dallas-Wichita Falls      CBS(T)
  S      8212  Newcastle-Seymour         CBS(T)
  S      8213  Dallas-Fort Worth         CBS(T)
  S      8250  Jacksboro-Fort Worth      CBS(T)
  S            Alto-Nacogdoches          CBS(T)
  S            Carthage-Mt. Enterprise   CBS(T)
  S  799 8252  Fort Worth-Stephenville   CBS(T)
  S      8252  Corsicana-Hearne          CBS(T)        Bowen Motor C.   1945 CBS
  S  494 8258  Houston-Corpus Christi    CBS(T)
  S            Houston-West Columbia     CBS(T)
  S      8260  Dallas-Stephenville       CBS(T)        Bowen Motor C.   1945 CBS
  S      8260  Odessa-San Angelo         CBS(T)
  S            Eastland-San Antonio      CBS(T)
  S            Cuero-Golaid              CBS(T)
  S            Victoria-Palacios         CBS(T)
  S      8353  Marshall-Henderson        MOP(T)        Beeline Coach    1930 MOP
  S  495 8353  Crockett-Houston          MOP(T)        South Texas      1930 MOP
  S      8360  Houston-Freeport          MOP(T)        White Star Line  1928 MOP
  S            Houston-Corpus Christi    MOP(T)  1950  ---------------  1950 MOP
  S            Riviera-Falfurrias        MOP(T)        Blue Border Bus  1928 MOP
  S      8429  Perryton-Pampa            PSI(T)  1928  ---------------  1928 PSI
  S      8462  Pampa-Amarillo            PSI(T)
  S      8252  Alice-Kingsville          UB(T)
  S  490 8302  Corpus Christi-Freer      UB(T)
  S      8302  Freer-Laredo              UB(T)
  S  490 8309  Alice-Corpus Christi      UB(T)
  S      8214  Carrizo Spr.-Dilley       WGB(T)  1930  Southl. Greyh.   1948 WGB
  S      8215  Albany-Abilene            ABI(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.



 780- 801  Kerrville Bus Co.
 810- 835  TNM&O Coaches
4159-4168  Texas Bus Lines
4170       Tyler Bus Lines
4200-4208  Valley Transit Co.



GREYHOUND BUS COMPANIES

Southwestern Greyhound Lines (SWGL) - incorporated 1933 as merger of Southland Greyhound Lines (SLGL), Southwestern Transportation Co. (SWTC), and Western Greyhound Lines. Consolidated 1960 into Central Division of Greyhound. Southland Greyhound Lines was incorporated in 1926 as Southland Red Ball Motor Bus Co., renamed 1929 to Southland Greyhound Lines. Southwestern Transportation Co. had been formed in 1928 as a bus subsidiary of St. Louis Southwestern Railroad. And Western Greyhound Lines had been renamed in 1932 from Pickwick-Greyhound Lines (PIG), which had been formed in 1928 as a company jointly owned by Pickwick Stages and Greyhound, and fully owned by Greyhound in 1932. In addition there existed West Texas Coaches (WTC), acquired in 1929 by Southland Red Ball Motor Bus Co.


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.

Bayshore Bus Lines (BSB) - in 1964 acquired by Continental Trailways.

Bowen Motor Coach Co./Continental Trailways (CBS) - incorporated 1927 as Lone Star Bus Line (operating in Texas) and Old Spanish Trail Bus Line (operating in New Mexico) consolidated 1937 into Bowen Motor Coach Co., in 1938 joined Trailways under name Bowen Trailways, consolidated 1945 with Tri-State Transit Co. into Continental Bus System, becoming first company to operate under name Continental Trailways, sold 1948 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Dixie Motor Coach/Dixie Trailways (DMC) - incorporated 1928, in 1937 joined Trailways. In 1945 acquired Sunshine Bus Lines (SUN), which had been incorporated in 1919, joining Trailways in 1937 under name Sunshine Trailways. Merged company operated as Dixie Sunshine Trailways. In 1946 acquired Airline Motor Coaches (AMC), which during 1940's was Trailways member under name Airline Motor Trailways. Dixie Motor Coach sold 1948 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Missouri Pacific Bus Lines/Missouri Pacific Trailways (MOP) - formed 1928 as bus subsidiary of Missouri Pacific Railroad, in 1936 joined Trailways, in 1948 resumed independent operation, sold 1957 to Midwest Bus Lines which was a Trailways member, sold 1960 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Panhandle Stages/Panhandle Trailways (PSI) - incorporated 1928 as Safety First Bus Co., reorganized 1931 as Panhandle Motor Coaches, reorganized 1936 as Panhandle Stages, in 1936 joined Trailways, sold 1948 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Santa Fe Trail Transportation/Santa Fe Trailways (SFT) - formed 1928 as bus subsidiary of Santa Fe Railway, in 1936 joined Trailways, sold 1948 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Union Bus Lines/Union Trailways (UB) - in 1952 joined Trailways, sold 1952 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways. In 1964 acquired Winter Garden Bus Line (WGB), which had been incorporated in 1926.


INDEPENDENT BUS COMPANIES

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


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