OBSCURE SUBURBAN/INTERURBAN BUS LINES

ILLINOIS (ADDITIONAL AREAS)

Mostly a sampling of bus companies listed in the 1952 Mass Transportation's Directory.

Additional bus companies, listed as existing during 1930's, are mentioned in the WPA American Guide Series of state guidebooks.

Additional information is from the "Opinions and Orders" from the Illinois Commerce Commission.


NORTHERN ILLINOIS

Exemplar Stages - as of 1952, served Aurora to Rockford and intermediate points.


EASTERN ILLINOIS

Bee Line Transit Corp. - service introduced in 1939. Connected Danville with Westville, Georgetown, Batestown, Tilton, was first company formed by Giacoma brothers to become part of American Transit Corp.

Hoopeston Bus Co. - as of 1952, connected Danville with Hoopeston, city service in Hoopeston.

Rantoul Transit Co. - as of 1952, suburban served Rantoul, Chanute Field.


PEORIA AREA

Farmington Bus Co. - as of 1952, connected Peoria with Farmington, Trivoli, Hanna City.

White Star Motor Coach Lines - service introduced in 1923, as of 1952 connected Peoria with Chillicothe, Farmington, Canton.


DECATUR

Suburban Transportation - as of 1952, served Decatur and suburbs.


SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

Burkitt-Hall Bus Line - as of 1952, served Zeigler, Cleabourne, Christopher, Buckner, West City, Benton.

M.&W.L. Bus Lines - as of 1952, served Murphysboro to Wolf Lake.

Travelstead Transportation Co. - service introduced in 1938 between Harrisburg and area mines, sold in 1941 to Harrisburg-Dorrisville Bus Co.


WESTERN ILLINOIS

Jackson Bus Line - as of 1952, served Hamilton, Warsaw, Keokuk IA.


In addition, numerous bus companies not listed began operations mainly around 1942, as America entered World War II, primarily to transport workers to and from various defense and ammunition plants. But eventually due to wartime demands, it became more difficult to obtain buses. Some bus companies actually adapted truck trailers to transport defense workers, pulled by truck tractors.


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