TRANSIT SYSTEMS IN RHODE ISLAND

MAJOR CITIES


CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM (SINCE 1966)
Rhode Island Public Transit Authority

Provides comprehensive transit coverage throughout entire state.


Providence

Horse Car
1864-1894 - Union Railroad Co.
1892-1894 - horse cars replaced with electric streetcars
1889-1895 - operated cable cars

1894-1921 - Union Railroad of Providence
1921-1951 - United Electric Railways Co.
1922 - buses introduced
1948 - streetcars discontinued
1931-1955 - operated trolleybuses

1951-1966 - United Transit Co.

Historic suburban/interurban bus lines:
The Short Line

Pawtucket

Horse Car
1886-1894 - Pawtucket Street Railway Co.
1892-1895 - horse cars replaced with electric streetcars

1894-1921 - Pawtucket Street Railway
1921-1951 - United Electric Railways Co.
1922 - buses introduced
1934 - streetcars discontinued

1951-1966 - United Transit Co.

Woonsocket

Horse Car
1887-1921 - Woonsocket Street Railway Co.
1888-1897 - horse cars replaced with electric streetcars

1921-1951 - United Electric Railways Co.
1928 - streetcars replaced with buses

1951-1966 - United Transit Co.

Newport

1889-1891 - Newport Horse Railway Co.
1891-1900 - Newport Street Railway Co.
1900-1920 - Newport & Fall River Street Railway
1920-1929 - Newport Electric Corp.
1925 - streetcars discontinued

Private bus co. in 1952 - Newport Bus Co.

Westerly

1894-1913 - Pawcatuck Valley Street Railway Co.
1913-1916 - Norwich & Westerly Traction Co.
1916-1922 - Shore Line Electric Railway Co.
1922 - streetcars discontinued

Private bus co. in 1952 - Tally Ho Stages

Block Island

Horse Car
1800's - Block Island Horse Car Co.

Electric Streetcar
1898-1898 - Block Island Electric Lighting & Transportation Co.

Pascoag

1902-1907 - Columbia Street Railway Co.

Wakefield

1899-1907 - Sea View Railroad Co.


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