TRANSIT SYSTEMS IN NORTH CAROLINA

MAJOR CITIES


Charlotte

Mule Car
1887-1896 - Charlotte Street Railway Co.
1891-1893 - mule cars replaced with electric streetcars

1896-1911 - Charlotte Electric Railway Light & Power Co.
1911-1913 - City Electric Railway
1913-1925 - Southern Public Utilities Co.
1925-1935 - Southern Public Utilities Co. (Duke Power Co.)
1935-1955 - Duke Power Co.
* - buses introduced
1938 - streetcars discontinued

1955-1976 - Charlotte City Coach Lines (City Coach Lines)
1976-1999 - Charlotte Transit

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM (SINCE 1999)
Charlotte Area Transit System

HISTORIC INTERURBAN RAILWAY
Charlotte-Gastonia (1912-1951)/Mount Holly-Belmont (1916-1932)
1912-1914 - Piedmont Traction Co.
1914-1951 - Piedmont & Northern Railway Co.

Historic suburban/interurban bus lines operated by several companies (mostly a 1952 sampling)


Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem

Greensboro

1904-1909 - Greensboro Electric Co.
1909-1927 - North Carolina Public Service Co.
1924 - buses introduced
1927-1932 - North Carolina Public Service Co. (Duke Power Co.)
1932-1935 - Southern Public Utilities Co. (Duke Power Co.)
1935-1991 - Duke Power Co.
1934 - streetcars discontinued
1934-1956 - operated trolleybuses

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM (SINCE 1991)
Greensboro Transit Authority

High Point

1916-1927 - North Carolina Public Service Co.
1927-1932 - North Carolina Public Service Co. (Duke Power Co.)
1932-1935 - Southern Public Utilities Co. (Duke Power Co.)
* - buses introduced
1935 - streetcars discontinued

1935-1955 - Duke Power Co.
1955-1975 - Consolidated Bus Lines
1975-1978 - Furn-Tex Transit
1978-2017 - Hi Tran

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM (SINCE 2017)
High Point Transit System

Winston-Salem

1890-1891 - Winston-Salem Electric Railway Co.
1891-1901 - Winston-Salem Railway & Electric Co.
1901-1913 - Fries Manufacturing & Power Co.
1913-1925 - Southern Public Utilities Co.
1925-1935 - Southern Public Utilities Co. (Duke Power Co.)
1935-1955 - Duke Power Co.
* - buses introduced
1936 - streetcars discontinued

1955-1968 - Winston-Salem City Coach Lines (City Coach Lines)
1926-1972 - Safe Bus

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM (SINCE 1972)
Winston-Salem Transit Authority

Newer Regional Transit System

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM (SINCE 2002)
Piedmont Authority For Regional Transportation

Historic suburban/interurban bus lines operated by several companies (mostly a 1952 sampling)


Raleigh/Durham

Raleigh

Mule Car
1881-1894 - Raleigh Street Railway Co.
1891 - mule cars replaced with electric streetcars

1894-1908 - Raleigh Electric Co.
1908-1950 - Carolina Power & Light Co.
* - buses introduced
1934 - streetcars discontinued

1950-1958 - White Transportation Co.
1958-1975 - Raleigh City Coach Lines (City Coach Lines)
1975-2015 - Capital Area Transit

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
GoRaleigh

Durham

Horse Car
1887-1902 - Durham Street Railway Co.
1896 - horse cars replaced with electric streetcars

1902-1921 - Durham Traction Co.
1921-1943 - Durham Public Service Co.
1929 - buses introduced
1930 - streetcars discontinued

1943-1991 - Duke Power Co.
1991-2015 - Durham Area Transit Authority

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
GoDurham

Newer Regional Transit System

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Triangle Transit

Historic suburban/interurban bus lines:
Carolina Coach Co./Carolina Trailways


Asheville

1889-1893 - Asheville Street Railway Co.
1893-1900 - Asheville Street Railroad Co.
1900-1912 - Asheville Electric Co.
1912-1925 - Asheville Power & Light Co.
1925-1950 - Carolina Power & Light Co.
* - buses introduced
1934 - streetcars discontinued

1950-1968 - White Transportation Co.

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Asheville Transit

Historic suburban/interurban bus lines operated by several companies (mostly a 1952 sampling)


Rocky Mount

Private bus co. in 1952 - Safety Transit

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Tar River Transit


Wilmington

Horse Car
1888-1902 - Wilmington Street Railway Co.
1892 - horse cars replaced with electric streetcars
1892-1902 - operated steam dummy

1902-1907 - Consolidated Railway Light & Power Co.
1907-1945- Tidewater Power Co.
1928 - buses introduced
1939 - streetcars discontinued

1945-1967 - Safeway Transit Co.
1967-1974 - Wilmington City Lines
1974-2002 - Wilmington Transit Authority

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM (SINCE 2002)
Wave Transit

HISTORIC INTERURBAN RAILWAY
Wilmington-Wrightsville Beach (1902-1940)

Historic suburban/interurban bus lines:
W.B.& S. Bus Lines (to Southport, until 1954)


* Buses first introduced in 1928 by Duke Power Co., which operated in Charlotte, High Point and Winston-Salem. It is not known what years buses were introduced in which cities.

* Buses first introduced in 1929 by Carolina Power & Light Co., which operated in Raleigh and Asheville. It is not known what years buses were introduced in which cities.


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