Official Web site of the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation.
In 1975, the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation became responsible for all transit lines in the Indianapolis area. The last streetcars ran in 1953.
In 1864, the Citizens' Street Railway Co. became the first company to operate streetcars in Indianapolis. The streetcar system was subsequently acquired in 1890 by the Citizens' Street Railroad Co., in 1899 by the Indianapolis Street Railway Co., and in 1932 by Indianapolis Railways, Inc. The People's Motor Coach Co. operated the first buses beginning in 1923, in competition with the streetcars. But those buses were taken over by the Indianapolis Street Railway Co. in 1927. In 1954, the company was renamed to Indianapolis Transit System, Inc.
Many of today's bus routes in Indianapolis have histories which can be traced back to streetcars, and even horse cars.
Several suburban transit companies eventually became part of the transit system in Indianapolis.
Buses have operated in Indianapolis since 1923.
The various carhouses in Indianapolis evolved and were finally replaced with a single modern bus garage, which nevertheless does have an interesting connection to electric transit history.
Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (Wikipedia)
Some information for this page is from the book "Indianapolis Railways", by Jerry Marlette, along with features in various issues of the magazine "Motor Coach Age", written by David Miller.
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