EARLY BUS AND AUTO STAGE LINES

SOUTH CAROLINA


EARLY CERTIFICATES OF CONVENIENCE AND NECESSITY

Beginning in 1925, intrastate bus service was regulated by the South Carolina Railroad Commission. The earliest Annual Report listing bus companies was in 1928, in order of the Certificate of Convenience and Necessity numbers. Approximate years when bus routes were introduced are only available for years 1929 through 1934.

Apparently, certificate numbers had a letter added when sold, or the bus company was part of a merger or renaming.


Certificate   Name of                                   Operating
No.  Change   Operator                                  Between

  1A          Camel City Coach Co.                      Columbia-Charlotte NC
  1B   1932   Atlantic Greyhound Lines of NC            Columbia-Charlotte NC
  1C   1934   Atlantic Greyhound Lines                  Columbia-Charlotte NC
  2A          Camel City Coach Co.                      Camden-Florence
  2B   1932   Atlantic Greyhound Lines of NC            Camden-Florence
  2C   1934   Atlantic Greyhound Lines                  Camden-Florence
  4A          Camel City Coach Co.                      Columbia-Augusta GA
  4B   1932   Atlantic Greyhound Lines of NC            Columbia-Augusta GA
  4C   1934   Atlantic Greyhound Lines                  Columbia-Augusta GA
  5A          Camel City Coach Co.                      Columbia-Rock Hill
  5B   1932   Atlantic Greyhound Lines of NC            Columbia-Rock Hill
  5C   1934   Atlantic Greyhound Lines                  Columbia-Rock Hill
  6           Hayes Bus Lines                           Columbia-Greenville
  6B   1931   Camel City Coach Co.                      Columbia-Greenville
  6C   1932   Atlantic Greyhound Lines of NC            Columbia-Greenville
  6D   1934   Atlantic Greyhound Lines                  Columbia-Greenville
  7           Eagle Bus Line                            Greenville-Columbia
  7A   1933   Eagle Bus Line                            Greenville-Columbia
  8           Inter-Carolinas Motor Bus Co.             Spartanburg-Gastonia NC
  8A   1929   Queen City Coach Co.                      Spartanburg-Gastonia NC
  8B   1932   Queen City Lines                          Spartanburg-Charlotte NC
  8C   1934   Old South Lines                           Spartanburg-Charlotte NC
  9C          Camel City Coach Co.                      Rock Hill-Charlotte NC
  9D   1932   Atlantic Greyhound Lines of NC            Rock Hill-Charlotte NC
  9E   1934   Atlantic Greyhound Lines                  Rock Hill-Charlotte NC
 10           Inter-Carolinas Motor Bus Co.             Rock Hill-Gastonia NC
 11           Inter-Carolinas Motor Bus Co.             Spartanburg-Greenville
 11A   1929   Queen City Coach Co.                      Spartanburg-Greenville
 11B   1932   Queen City Lines                          Spartanburg-Greenville
 11C   1934   Old South Lines                           Spartanburg-Greenville
 12A          Red Top Bus Line                          Greenv.-Hendersonv.   (disc. 1930)
 14A          Piedmont Transportation Co.               Union-Lancaster
 16           Red Dot Bus Line                          Spartanburg-Jonesville-Union
 16A   1931   Carolina Scenic Coach Line                Spartanburg-Jonesville-Union
 17           J. R. Griffith                            Buffalo-Union   (disc. 1929)
 18           McDuff Turner                             Spartanburg-Tyron NC
 19           McDuff Turner                             Spartanburg-Greenwood
 20C          Camel City Coach Co.                      Columbia-Charleston
 20D   1932   Atlantic Greyhound Lines of NC            Columbia-Charleston
 20E   1934   Atlantic Greyhound Lines                  Columbia-Charleston
 23A          Red Top Bus Line                          Greenville-Anderson
 23B   1931   Red Top Bus Line                          Greenville-Anderson
 25A          Inter-State Scenic Coach Line             Greenville-Brevard   (disc. 1934)
 26           Walker & Smith                            Saluda-Greenwood
 26A   1929   Inter-Carolinas Motor Bus Co.             Saluda-Greenwood
 30           J. M. Tolbert                             Newberry-Union
 30A   1934   Hamish Turner                             Newberry-Union
 31           Hamrick & Company                         Spartanburg-Rutherfordton NC
 31A   1931   Carolina Scenic Coach Line                Spartanburg-Rutherfordton NC
 32A          Augusta-Greenville Bus Line               Augusta GA-Greenv.   (disc. 1930)
 33           Red Dot Bus Line                          Spartanburg-Glenn Springs-Union
 33A   1931   Carolina Scenic Coach Line                Spartanburg-Glenn Springs-Union
 35B          Greenville-Augusta Coach Line             Greenville-Augusta   (disc. 1930)
 38A          S. W. Hopper                              Great Falls-Chester   (disc. 1931)
 39B          Stokes Bus Line                           Columbia-Springf.   (disc. 1932)
 43B          Inter-Carolinas Motor Bus Co.             Greenville-Toccoa GA
 43C   1929   Queen City Coach Co.                      Greenville-Toccoa GA
 43D   1932   Queen City Lines                          Greenville-Toccoa GA
 43E   1934   Old South Lines                           Greenville-Toccoa GA
 44           F. L. Alexander                           Anderson-Walhalla
 44A   1931   Edwards & Holleman                        Anderson-Walhalla
 45B          Inter-Carolinas Motor Bus Co.             Anderson-Athens GA
 48           Spartanburg Bus Co.                       Spartanburg-suburbs
 48A   1929   Southern Public Utilities Co.             Spartanburg-suburbs
 51           G. S. Pierce                              Cottagev-Charleston   (disc. 1932)
 52           Thompson Transfer Co.                     Charleston-Savannah GA
 52A   1930   Camel City Coach Co.                      Charleston-Savannah GA
 52B   1932   Atlantic Greyhound Lines of NC            Charleston-Savannah GA
 52C   1934   Atlantic Greyhound Lines                  Charleston-Savannah GA
 57A          Thompson Transfer Co.                     Hog Island Ferry-Isle of Palms
 57B   1929   Thompson Transfer Co.                     Isle of Palms-Charleston
 58           Thompson Transfer Co.                     Charleston-Summerville
 59           Thompson Transfer Co.                     Charleston-Florence
 59A   1929   Camel City Coach Co.                      Charleston-Florence
 59B   1932   Atlantic Greyhound Lines of NC            Charleston-Florence
 59C   1934   Atlantic Greyhound Lines                  Charleston-Florence
 62           J. H. Anderson                            Conway-Marion
 63           W. P. Cartrette                           Conway-Marion   (disc. 1931)
 65A          J. H. Anderson                            Conway-Georgetown   (disc. 1929)
 66A          Carolina Motor Bus Lines                  Newberry-Anderson
 67           Red Dot Bus Line                          Spartanburg-Clinton
 67A   1931   Carolina Scenic Coach Line                Spartanburg-Clinton
 69           Hayes Bus Lines                           Columbia-Saluda Dam   (disc. 1931)
 70           Whitmire-Greenwood Bus Line               Whitmire-Greenwood
 70A   1929   Inter-Carolinas Motor Bus Co.             Whitmire-Greenwood
 74A          Charles T. Hayes                          Columbia-Florence
 74B   1930   Camel City Coach Co.                      Columbia-Florence
 74C   1932   Atlantic Greyhound Lines of NC            Columbia-Florence
 74D   1934   Atlantic Greyhound Lines                  Columbia-Florence
 76           Inter-Carolinas Motor Bus Co.             York-Chester
 77           Stokes Bus Line                           Barnwell-Columbia
 78           Walker & Smith                            Saluda-Batesburg
 78A   1929   Inter-Carolinas Motor Bus Co.             Saluda-Batesburg
 79           Spartanburg-Augusta Bus Co.               Clinton-Augusta GA
 79A   1932   Carolina Scenic Coach Line                Clinton-Augusta GA
 80B          Piedmont Transportation Co.               Camden-Lake City   (disc. 1929)
 81           McCormick Motor Line                      Greenwood-Augusta
 81A   1931   Skyland Stages                            Greenwood-Augusta
 81B   1934   Atlantic Greyhound Lines                  Greenwood-Augusta
 82A          Columbia Bus Co.                          Blanding-Andrews   (disc. 1929)
 83           Piedmont Transportation Co.               Lancaster-Monroe NC
 84           Chester & Greenwood Bus Line              Whitmire-Chester
 84A   1929   Inter-Carolinas Motor Bus Co.             Whitmire-Chester
 85           Albermarle-Salisbury-Wadesboro Bus Line   Wadesboro NC-Cheraw   (disc. 1929)
 86           Electric City Bus Line                    Anderson-Calhoun F.   (disc. 1930)
 87           Shipman-Wilson Bus Line                   Greenville-Ware Shoals
 87A   1929   Red Top Bus Line                          Williamston-Greenville

 89A   1929   Inter-Carolinas Motor Bus Co.             Batesburg-Columbia
 90    1929   Inter-Carolinas Motor Bus Co.             York-Charlotte NC
 91    1929   Inter-Carolinas Motor Bus Co.             Greenwood-Athens GA
 92    1929   Red Top Bus Line                          Anderson-Williamston
 93    1929   Queen City Coach Co.                      Florence-Lumberton NC
 94    1929   Piedmont Transportation Co.               Enoree-Greenville
 95    1929   E. A. Bissonette                          Charleston-North Charleston
 96    1929   Camel City Coach Co.                      Belvedere-Augusta GA
 96A   1932   Atlantic Greyhound Lines of NC            Belvedere-Augusta GA
 97A   1929   Piedmont Transportation Co.               Enoree-Union
 98    1929   Price Transportation Lines                Charleston-Edisto   (disc. 1931)
 99    1929   Greenwood-South Greenwood Bus Line        Greenwood-S. Greenw   (disc. 1931)
100    1929   Red Dot Bus Line                          Union-Columbia
100A   1931   Carolina Scenic Coach Line                Union-Columbia

101    1930   Thompson Transfer Co.                     Charleston-Conway
101B   1932   East Coast Stages                         Charleston-Conway   (disc. 1934)
102    1930   White Stage Line                          Augusta-Charleston
102A   1934   Southeastern Stages                       Augusta-Charleston
103    1930   Camel City Coach Co.                      NC State Line-Darlington
103A   1932   Atlantic Greyhound Lines of NC            NC State Line-Darlington
103B   1934   Atlantic Greyhound Lines                  NC State Line-Darlington
104    1930   Camel City Coach Co.                      NC State Line-Camden
104A   1932   Atlantic Greyhound Lines of NC            NC State Line-Camden
104B   1934   Atlantic Greyhound Lines                  NC State Line-Camden
105    1930   Skyland Stages                            NC-GA State Line via US 25
105A   1934   Atlantic Greyhound Lines                  NC-GA State Line via US 25
106    1930   Isaac Fireall                             Bellinger-Savannah   (disc. 1932)
107    1930   Walterboro Bus Co.                        Walterboro-Green P.   (disc. 1932)
108    1930   Safety Transit                            Wilmington NC-Charleston
108A   1932   East Coast Stages                         Wilmington NC-Charleston
108B   1934   East Coast Stages                         Wilmington NC-Charleston
109    1930   Garden City Coach Co.                     Augusta GA-Savannah GA
109A   1934   Southeastern Stages                       Augusta GA-Savannah GA

110    1931   Blufton-Savannah Bus Line                 Blufton-Savannah   (disc. 1932)
111    1931   Inter-Carolinas Motor Bus Co.             Columbia-Savannah
111A   1932   Columbia-Savannah Coach Line              Columbia-Savannah
112    1931   Camel City Coach Co.                      Yemassee-Beaufort
112A   1932   Atlantic Greyhound Lines of NC            Yemassee-Beaufort
113A   1932   East Coast Stages                         NC State Line-Charleston
114B   1932   Atlantic Greyhound Lines of NC            Charleston-GA State Line
114C   1934   Atlantic Greyhound Lines                  Charleston-GA State Line
115A   1932   East Coast Stages                         NC-GA via Columbia   (disc. 1934)
116    1932   Carolina Coach Co.                        NC-GA via Greenv.   (disc. 1934)
117    1932   Stokes Bus Line                           Williston-Augusta GA
118    1932   East Coast Stages                         Charleston-GA State Line via US 17   
119    1932   East Coast Stages                         NC-GA State Line Augusta via US 1

120    1933   Fort Sumter Navigation Tours              Mt. Pleasant Ferry Wharf
121    1933   East Coast Stages                         Bennettsville-Cheraw
122    1933   East Coast Stages                         NC-GA State Line via US 401-17

123    1934   Fort Sumter Navigation Tours              Ferry Wharf-Sullivans Island
124    1934   J. J. Cook                                Anderson-Calhoun Falls
125    1934   Atlantic Greyhound Lines                  Sumter-Camden
126    1934   Eagle Bus Line                            Abbeville-Greenville
127    1934   Atlantic Greyhound Lines                  Travellers Rest-Brevard NC
128    1934   Queen City Coach Co.                      Bennettsville-Charlotte NC
129    1934   Hamish Turner                             Newberry-Saluda


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