TRANSIT SYSTEMS IN MASSACHUSETTS

SOUTH OF BOSTON (OUTLYING TRANSIT DISTRICTS)


Brockton

Horse Car
1881-1901 - Brockton Street Railway Co.
1892-1893 - horse cars replaced with electric streetcars

Electric Streetcar
1890-1894 - East Side Street Railway Co.
1891-1894 - Whitman Street Railway Co.

1901-1911 - Old Colony Street Railway Co.
1911-1919 - Bay State Street Railway Co.
1919-1968 - Eastern Massachusetts Street Railway Co.
1937 - streetcars discontinued

1968-1969 - Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (under contract)
1969-1973 - Union Street Railway Co.
1973-1975 - City Of Brockton

Abington/Rockland

1892-1899 - Rockland & Abington Street Railway Co.
1899-1900 - South Shore & Boston Street Railway Co.
1900-1911 - Old Colony Street Railway Co.
1911-1919 - Bay State Street Railway Co.
After 1919 - Eastern Massachusetts Street Railway Co.
1930's - streetcars discontinued

ADDITIONAL HISTORIC ELECTRIC RAILWAYS
(Most company names also describe the routes)
Until 1894 - Brockton & Holbrook Street Railway Co.
1894 to Brockton Street Railway Co./above
Until 1895 - Brockton & Stoughton Street Railway Co.
1895 to Brockton Street Railway Co./above
1897-1900 - Brockton Bridgewater & Taunton Street Railway Co.
1900 to Brockton Street Railway Co./above
1897-1900 - Taunton & Brockton Street Railway Co.
1900 to Brockton Street Railway Co./above
1897-1900 - Brockton & East Bridgewater Street Railway Co.
1900 to Brockton Street Railway Co./above
1897-1899 - Bridgewater Whitman & Rockland Street Railway Co.
1899 to South Shore & Boston Street Railway Co./above
1899-1900 - Boston Milton & Brockton Street Railway Co. (Brockton-Randolph-Milton)
1900 to Brockton Street Railway Co./above
1899-1900 - New Bedford Middleboro & Brockton Street Railway Co. (Bridgewater/Taunton-New Bedford)
1900 to Brockton Street Railway Co./above

Interurban railway service discontinued 1919 (Brockton-New Bedford)/1931 (Brockton-Taunton)

INDEPENDENT HISTORIC ELECTRIC RAILWAY
1901-1903 - Stoughton & Randolph Street Railway Co.
1903-1921 - Bristol & Norfolk Street Railway Co.
1921-1928 - Randolph & Stoughton Street Railway Co.
(Holbrook-Randolph-Stoughton)

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM (SINCE 1975)
Brockton Area Transit Authority


Attleboro

1890-1895 - Attleboro North Attleboro & Wrentham Street Railway Co.
1895-1933 - Interstate Consolidated Street Railway Co.
1925 - buses introduced
1933 - streetcars discontinued

Private predecessor bus co. - Interstate Transit Co.
Period of no transit service

Taunton

Horse Car
1871-1901 - Taunton Street Railway Co.
1893 - horse cars replaced with electric streetcars

1901-1911 - Old Colony Street Railway Co.
1911-1919 - Bay State Street Railway Co.
1919-1960 - Eastern Massachusetts Street Railway Co.
1932 - streetcars discontinued

After 1960 - Udna's

ADDITIONAL HISTORIC ELECTRIC RAILWAYS
1898-1900 - Providence & Taunton Street Railway Co. (Taunton-Providence)
1900 to Taunton Street Railway Co./above

Interurban railway service discontinued 1927

Plymouth

1889-1897 - Plymouth & Kingston Railway Co.
1897-1900 - Plymouth & Kingston Street Railway Co.
1900-1922 - Brockton & Plymouth Street Railway Co.
After 1922 - Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Co.
1925 - buses introduced
1928 - streetcars discontinued

ADDITIONAL HISTORIC ELECTRIC RAILWAYS
1900-1922 - Brockton & Plymouth Street Railway Co. (above)
1922-1928 - Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Co. (above)
(Brockton-Plymouth)

INDEPENDENT HISTORIC ELECTRIC RAILWAY
1899-1920 - Plymouth & Sandwich Street Railway Co. (Plymouth-Sandwich)

Mansfield/Norton

Until 1899 - Mansfield & Easton Street Railway Co.
1898-1917 - Norton & Taunton Street Railway Co.
1917-1928 - Norton Taunton & Attleboro Street Railway
1928 - streetcars discontinued

Norfolk

1899-1901 - Norfolk Southern Street Railway Co.
1901-1922 - Norfolk & Bristol Street Railway Co.
1922 - streetcars discontinued

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM (SINCE 1978)
Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority


New Bedford

Horse Car
1872-1887 - New Bedford & Fairhaven Street Railway Co.
1887-1974 - Union Street Railway Co.
1890-1896 - horse cars replaced with electric streetcars

1925 - buses introduced
1947 - streetcars discontinued

ADDITIONAL HISTORIC ELECTRIC RAILWAYS
1894-1932 - Union Street Railway Co. (above)
New Bedford-Fall River
New Bedford-Wareham-Onset-Monument Beach
Middleboro-Wareham

Fall River

Horse Car
1880-1901 - Globe Street Railway Co.
1893 - horse cars replaced with electric streetcars

Electric Streetcar
1896-1898 - Fall River Street Railway Co.

1901-1911 - Old Colony Street Railway Co.
1911-1919 - Bay State Street Railway Co.
1919-1965 - Eastern Massachusetts Street Railway Co.
1936 - streetcars discontinued

1965-1969 - Short Line
After 1969 - Cozy Cab & Bus Co.

ADDITIONAL HISTORIC ELECTRIC RAILWAYS
1895-1900 - Dighton Somerset & Swansea Street Railway Co. (Fall River-Taunton)
1900 to Globe Street Railway Co./above
1898-1901 - Newport & Fall River Street Railway Co.
1901 to Old Colony Street Railway Co./above

Interurban railway service discontinued 1920's (Fall River-Newport)/1931 (Fall River-Taunton)

Swansea Centre

1901-1917 - Providence & Fall River Street Railway Co.
1917-1920 - Swansea & Seekonk Street Railway
1920 - streetcars discontinued

ADDITIONAL HISTORIC ELECTRIC RAILWAYS
1901-1917 - Providence & Fall River Street Railway Co. (above)
1917-1920 - Swansea & Seekonk Street Railway (Providence RI-Fall River) (above)

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM (SINCE 1974)
Southeastern Regional Transit Authority


Historic suburban/interurban bus lines operated by several companies (mostly a 1952 sampling)


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