MINNESOTA-SUBURBAN BUS COMPANIES

Several independent private bus companies existed in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Gradually, these bus systems were absorbed by the Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC), now Metro Transit. History is sketchy for many of these companies.


BLOOMINGTON BUS CO.

Formed in early 1950's, served suburbs of Bloomington and Richfield, south of Minneapolis. Acquired by MTC in 1975.


DEEPHAVEN BUS CO.

Operated west of Minneapolis to Excelsior and Deephaven. Possibly evolved to MTC service.


CAPITOL TRANSIT

Reportedly existed into the 1950's, serving suburbs outside St. Paul, no further information available.


DICKENSON LINES

The Minneapolis Anoka & Cuyana Range Railway Co. operated interurban railway service between Minneapolis and Anoka, from 1915 to 1939. That same company initially operated replacement bus service. Service was later operated by Anoka-Minneapolis Bus Co., and eventually Dickenson Lines, operating between between those cities via both sides of the Mississippi River. First subsidized by MTC in 1968, routes absorbed by MTC after bankruptcy in early 1980's.


MEDICINE LAKE LINES

Operated west of Minneapolis to Medicine Lake, Golden Valley, Plymouth, Maple Grove. Evolved into Plymouth Metrolink and Maple Grove Transit systems, operated by Metro Transit under those names.


MINNEAPOLIS & SUBURBAN BUS CO.

Operated south of Minneapolis to Bloomington and Richfield. Possibly eventually combined into Bloomington Bus Co.


MORLEY BUS CO.

Operated northeast of Minneapolis to Forest Lake. Existed in 1980's, since discontinued.


NORTH HENNEPIN TRANSIT CO.

Operated northwest of Minneapolis to Robbinsdale and Crystal Village. First subsidized by MTC in 1970, acquired by MTC in 1971.


NORTH STAR BUS CO.

Operated southeast of St. Paul to Newport, eventually discontinued. Metro Transit later introduced bus service to Newport.


NORTH SUBURBAN LINES

Originally Rice-Edgerton Bus Co., first subsidized by MTC in 1970. Continued to operate north of St. Paul to Roseville and suburbs further north, including joint operation with Metro Transit via Rice Street, serving both city and suburbs.


SCENIC MINNESOTA

Operated north of Minneapolis to Mora. Existed in 1980's, since discontinued.


SOUTH AND WEST ST. PAUL TRANSIT CO.

Operated in those suburbs, acquired by MTC in 1975.


VALLEY TRANSIT CO.

Operated in Stillwater area, east of St. Paul. Local service in Stillwater previously operated by St. Croix Bus Co. Valley Transit Co. continued to operate until 1988, subsidized by MTC. Local service in Stillwater later replaced with dial-a-ride service.


ZEPHYR LINES

Originally had intercity line operating east to Ashland Wisconsin. In 1952 acquired Liederbach Bus Co. operating west to Glenwood and beyond, in 1956 acquired Minnesota Transit Lines operating south to Albert Lea, and later acquired several additional intercity routes from Northland Greyhound Lines radiating out of Minneapolis. Also had suburban route west from Minneapolis to Wayzata and Mound. Suburban route taken over in 1968 by Twin City Lines, subsidized by MTC, later acquired by MTC.


ADDITIONAL PRIVATE COMPANIES IN 1952

The 1952 "Mass Transportation's Directory" provides an interesting "snapshot", of what obscure bus companies had coexisted with the main transit providers.

Mercury Lines - served Minneapolis, Watertown, Winsted.

Stillwater-Minneapolis Bus Co. - no further information.


Information is sketchy regarding the transit history of the Minneapolis/St. Paul suburbs. Any further information would be appreciated. Bill Vandervoort


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