INTERURBAN AND INTERCITY BUSES

The nationwide intercity bus system serving the United States is Greyhound Lines. Greyhound had its beginnings in Minnesota in the 1920's. Many different companies were formed carrying the Greyhound name, and through numerous mergers and acquisitions evolved into the present nationwide system.

A second nationwide intercity bus system previously existed, the Trailways system, formed in 1936 and consisting of various companies working together to form a nationwide system. The largest Trailways company was Continental Trailways, but that company was acquired by Greyhound in 1987. Some of the smaller Trailways companies continue to exist, but instead of competing against Greyhound, those companies and Greyhound now work together, competing against the automobile and the low cost airlines.

In addition, many independent bus companies have existed. Companies remaining in existence generally now work together with Greyhound.


GREYHOUND HISTORY

Brief history, on how the various Greyhound companies evolved into a single nationwide bus system.


TRAILWAYS HISTORY

Brief history, on how the various Trailways companies evolved into a single nationwide bus system, prior to being further consolidated into the Greyhound system.


INTERCITY BUS COMPANIES/BY STATE

Summarized histories of each Greyhound and Trailways route, wherever available, for each state. Organized by US Highway numbers, and also mentions independent bus companies operating over US Highways. Includes color coded overview maps.


RAILROAD-OWNED BUS COMPANIES

Although trains and buses are often perceived as competing modes of passenger transportation, many of the main line railroads operating passenger trains in the 1930's and 1940's also participated in the operation of intercity buses. Most of these railroad owned bus companies eventually became associated with, and finally wholly owned by either Greyhound or Trailways.


WEB LINKS

Greyhound
Official Web site includes schedule information, but only for origin and destination city pairs. The Web site formerly had information on ordering a complete schedule book from Greyhound, but that no longer exists.

Trailways
Official Web site contains some interesting information pertaining to the member companies.


CLASSIC INTERCITY BUS STATIONS

A look at historic Greyhound and Trailways bus terminals in major cities, including those stations still standing.


CLASSIC CHICAGO BUS STATIONS

A look at historic bus terminals in Chicago and the surrounding area.


Go to Chicago Transit & Railfan Web Site