Beginning in 1915, intrastate bus service was regulated by the New York Public Service Commission. Information from annual reports is available through 1919. Because regulation was adopted early, these companies were officially identified as "stage coach corporations". Beginning in 1931, they were identified as "omnibus corporations".
One of the best known companies in New York was the Fifth Avenue Coach Co., originally formed in 1896 using horse drawn vehicles. New York City's second bus company was the City Island Motor Bus Co., which in 1916 began operating in Bronx. The New York Public Service Commission divided the state into two districts. The First District covered New York City and the Second District covered the rest of the state. This page only covers the Second District.
The New York Public Service Commission reports first listed the stage coach corporations in 1916. And in those early years, many new companies were formed later, and many companies existed only briefly. Available is a list for each Certificate of Convenience and Necessity awarded, between 1916 and 1919. When a bus line was sold, the new company retained the same Case No. for the Certificate of Convenience and Necessity.
Certificates Granted 1916-1919
The Annual Reports of the New York Public Service Commission also included tables, showing the stage coach and bus companies, and their routes. Listed are the periods during when the companies operated. For start dates, it is not clear whether they were the dates of incorporation, dates of awarding of Certificates of Convenience and Necessity, or the beginning dates of operation. Many dates during the 1920's are listed as January 1, or July 1 for earlier fiscal years, which probably are not accurate.
Most companies were identified according to the person or persons owning and operating the routes. Though many companies later adopted more meaningful names for their operations. Unlike with the earlier years, sales or transfers of routes or certificates during the 1920's were usually not documented.
Bus Companies 1920's (Upstate New York)
Bus Companies 1920's (North of New York City)
Bus Companies 1920's (Long Island)
Bus Companies 1930's (Upstate New York)
Bus Companies 1930's (North of New York City)
Bus Companies 1930's (Long Island)
Bus Companies 1940's (Upstate New York)
Bus Companies 1940's (North of New York City)
Bus Companies 1940's (Long Island)
Information is available through 1946.