LANSING TRANSIT HISTORY

1886 - Lansing City Railway Co. introduces horse car service over two routes in Lansing.

1889 - Lansing City Railway Co. becomes Lansing City Electric Railway Co.

1890 - Lansing City Electric Railway Co. electrifies its routes.

1901 - Lansing St. Johns & St. Louis Electric Railway opens interurban line between Lansing and St. Johns, using steam power.

1904 - Lansing St. Johns & St. Louis Electric Railway introduces electric operation on its interurban route. Lansing St. Johns & St. Louis Electric Railway and Lansing City Electric Railway Co. sold to Lansing & Suburban Traction Co.

1906 - Michigan United Railway incorporated, and acquires Lansing & Suburban Traction Co., along with most of the other electric railways in southern and western Michigan.

1909 - Michigan United Railway opens interurban line between Lansing and Jackson.

1911 - Michigan United Railway opens interurban line between Lansing and Owosso.

1913 - Commonwealth Power Railway & Light Co. acquires Michigan United Railway as a subsidiary.

1922 - Commonwealth Power Co. incorporated as subsidiary of Commonwealth Power Railway & Light Co., controlling Michigan United Railway.

1922 - Michigan United Railway introduces first bus route in Lansing.

1923 - Michigan United Railway reorganized as Michigan Electric Railway Co.

1924 - Electric Railway Securities Co. incorporated as a separate new holding company, affiilated with Commonwealth Power Co. Michigan Electric Railway Co. becomes subsidiary of Union Railway Gas & Electric Co., formerly a subsidiary of Commonwealth Power Co.

1929 - Michigan Electric Railway Co. reorganized as Michigan Electric Shares Co., and abandons service on all interurban railway lines serving Kalamazoo. Local streetcar system becomes subsidiary Lansing Transportation Co.

1930 - Michigan Electric Shares Co. becomes separate company from Union Railway Gas & Electric Co.

1933 - Lansing Transportation Co. abandons streetcar system. City Transport Corp. begins operating replacement bus service.

1936 - National City Lines acquires City Transport Corp., retaining name.

1939 - National City Lines loses franchise, bus service within Lansing assumed by Inter City Coach Line Co. National City Lines retains route to East Lansing, and renames City Transport Corp. to Lansing City Lines.

1940 - National City Lines turns over East Lansing route to Inter City Coach Line Co.

1959 - Inter City Coach Line Co. sold to Lansing Suburban Lines. Lansing Suburban Lines had operated since 1920's from Lansing to Grand Ledge, Haslett, Holt, Mason, and Okemos. Service within Lansing known as Lansing Metro Lines.

1969 - Lansing Metro Lines becomes new official name of Lansing Suburban Lines. Later that year, bus service assumed by Capitol Area Transit, Inc.

1971 - Capitol Area Transit, Inc. becomes publicly owned Metropolitan Lansing Mass Transportation Corp.

1972 - Metropolitan Lansing Mass Transportation Corp. reorganized into Capital Area Transportation Authority


ADDITIONAL PRIVATE SUBURBAN COMPANIES IN 1952

The 1952 "Mass Transportation's Directory" provides an interesting "snapshot", of what obscure bus companies had coexisted with the main transit providers.


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