TRANSIT SYSTEMS IN MICHIGAN

MAJOR CITIES


Ann Arbor

CITY TRANSIT HISTORY
1888-1896 - Ann Arbor Street Railway Co.
1896-1898 - Ann Arbor & Ypsilanti Electric Railway Co.
1898-1901 - Detroit Ypsilanti & Ann Arbor Railway
1901-1907 - Detroit Ypsilanti Ann Arbor & Jackson Railway
1907-1925 - Detroit Jackson & Chicago Railway (Detroit United Railway)
1925 - streetcars discontinued
1925-1928 - People's Motor Coach Co. (Detroit United Railway)
1928-1933 - Eastern Michigan Motorbuses
1933-1936 - Ann Arbor Transportation Co.
1936-1943 - Ann Arbor City Bus Co.
1943-1957 - Ann Arbor City Bus (Great Lakes Greyhound Lines)
1957-1959 - Ann Arbor Transit
1959-1963 - City Bus Co. of Ann Arbor
1963-1964 - Ann Arbor Public Bus Service
1964-1968 - City Bus Co. of Ann Arbor
1968-1969 - Ann Arbor City Transit

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority


Battle Creek

CITY TRANSIT HISTORY
After 1883 - Battle Creek Railway Co.
Prior to 1894 - Battle Creek Electric Railway Co.
1894-1898 - Citizens' Street Railway Co.
1898-1906 - Michigan Traction Co.
1906-1913 - Michigan United Railways
1913-1923 - Michigan United Railways (Commonwealth Power Railway & Light Co.)
1923-1924 - Michigan Electric Railway Co. (Commonwealth Power Railway & Light Co.)
1924-1929 - Michigan Electric Railway Co. (Electric Railway Securities Co.)
1929-1932 - Battle Creek Transportation Co. (Michigan Electric Shares Co.)
1932 - streetcars discontinued
1932-1968 - Battle Creek Coach Co.

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Battle Creek Transit


Bay City

CITY TRANSIT HISTORY
1865-1893 - Bay City Railroad Co.
1893-1903 - Bay Cities Consolidated Railway Co.
1903-1910 - Bay City Traction & Electric Co.
1910-1919 - Saginaw Bay-City Railway Co. (Commonwealth Power Railway & Light Co.)
1919-1924 - Michigan Railroad Co. (Commonwealth Power Railway & Light Co.)
1924-1928 - Michigan Railroad Co. (Electric Railway Securities Co.)
1928 - streetcars discontinued
1921-1958 - Balcer Brothers Motor Coach Co.
1958-1974 - Hibblers Bay City Community Service

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Bay Metro Transit


Flint

CITY TRANSIT HISTORY
1901-1928 - Detroit United Railway
1928-1936 - Eastern Michigan Railways
1936 - streetcars discontinued
1936-1955 - Flint Trolley Coach
1937-1956 - operated trolleybuses
1955-1964 - Flint City Coach Lines (City Coach Lines, Inc.)

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Flint Mass Transportation Authority


Grand Rapids

CITY TRANSIT HISTORY
1865-1885 - several companies
1885-1890 - Street Railway Co. of Grand Rapids
1890-1900 - Consolidated Street Railway of Grand Rapids
1900-1910 - Grand Rapids Railway Co.
1910-1927 - Grand Rapids Railway Co. (Commonwealth Power Railway & Light Co.)
1927-1930 - Grand Rapids Railroad Co. (Commonwealth Power Railway & Light Co.)
1930-1938 - Grand Rapids Railroad Co.
1935 - streetcars discontinued
1938-1954 - Grand Rapids Motor Coach Co.
1954-1963 - Grand Rapids City Coach Lines (City Coach Lines, Inc.)
1963-1978 - Grand Rapids Transit Authority
1978-2000 - Grand Rapids Area Transit Authority

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Grand Rapids Interurban Transit Partnership


Jackson

CITY TRANSIT HISTORY
1882-1891 - Jackson City Railway Co.
1891-1900 - Jackson Street Railway Co.
1900-1904 - Jackson & Suburban Traction Co.
1904-1906 - Jackson Consolidated Traction Co.
1906-1913 - Michigan United Railways
1913-1923 - Michigan United Railways (Commonwealth Power Railway & Light Co.)
1923-1924 - Michigan Electric Railway Co. (Commonwealth Power Railway & Light Co.)
1924-1929 - Michigan Electric Railway Co. (Electric Railway Securities Co.)
1929-1933 - Jackson Transportation Co. (Michigan Electric Shares Co.)
1933-1936 - Jackson Transportation Co.
1936 - streetcars discontinued
1936-1936 - Jackson Rapid Transportation Co.
1936-1964 - Jackson City Lines (National City Lines)
1956-1964 - leased to city
1964-1986 - Jackson Public Transporation Co.

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Jackson Area Transportation Authority


Kalamazoo

CITY TRANSIT HISTORY
1885-1889 - Kalamazoo City & County Street Railway Co.
1889-1893 - Kalamazoo Street Railway Co.
1893-1898 - Citizens' Street Railway Co.
1898-1906 - Michigan Traction Co.
1906-1913 - Michigan United Railways
1913-1923 - Michigan United Railways (Commonwealth Power Railway & Light Co.)
1923-1924 - Michigan Electric Railway Co. (Commonwealth Power Railway & Light Co.)
1924-1929 - Michigan Electric Railway Co. (Electric Railway Securities Co.)
1929-1932 - Kalamazoo Transportation Co. (Michigan Electric Shares Co.)
1932 - streetcars discontinued
1932-1936 - Kalamazoo Motor Coach Co.
1936-1967 - Kalamazoo City Lines (National City Lines)
1957-1967 - leased to city

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Metro Transit


Lansing

CITY TRANSIT HISTORY
1886-1889 - Lansing City Railway Co.
1889-1904 - Lansing City Electric Railway Co.
1904-1906 - Lansing & Suburban Traction Co.
1906-1913 - Michigan United Railways
1913-1923 - Michigan United Railways (Commonwealth Power Railway & Light Co.)
1923-1924 - Michigan Electric Railway Co. (Commonwealth Power Railway & Light Co.)
1924-1929 - Michigan Electric Railway Co. (Electric Railway Securities Co.)
1929-1933 - Lansing Transportation Co. (Michigan Electric Shares Co.)
1933 - streetcars discontinued
1933-1936 - City Transport Corp.
1936-1939 - City Transport Corp. (National City Lines)
1939-1959 - Inter City Coach Line Co.
1959-1969 - Lansing Metro Lines
1969-1971 - Capitol Area Transit
1971-1972 - Metropolitan Lansing Mass Transportation Corp.

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Capital Area Transportation Authority


Muskegon

CITY TRANSIT HISTORY
1882-1897 - Muskegon Railway Co.
1897-1901 - Muskegon Street Railway Co.
1901-1905 - Muskegon Traction & Lighting Co.
1905-1928 - Muskegon Traction & Lighting Co. (American Light & Traction Co.)
1928-1929 - Muskegon Traction & Lighting Co. (United Light & Power Co.)
1929 - streetcars discontinued
1929-1956 - Peoples Transport Corp.
1956-1968 - Muskegon City Coach Lines (City Coach Lines, Inc.)

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Muskegon Area Transit System


Port Huron

CITY TRANSIT HISTORY
1866-1877 - Port Huron & Gratiot Railway Co.
1877-1886 - Port Huron Railway
1886-1892 - Port Huron Electric Railway
1892-1901 - City Electric Railway
1901-1928 - Detroit United Railway
1928-1930 - Eastern Michigan Railways
1930 - streetcars discontinued
1930-1952 - Carpenters Rapid Transit
1952-1958 - Port Huron Bus Co.
1958-1964 - City Bus Co.
1964-1968 - Port Huron Transit Co.
1968-1976 - no transit service

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Blue Water Area Transit


Saginaw

CITY TRANSIT HISTORY
1863-1897 - several companies
1897-1910 - Saginaw Valley Traction Co.
1910-1923 - Saginaw-Bay City Railway Co. (Commonwealth Power Railway & Light Co.)
1923-1924 - Saginaw Transit Co. (Commonwealth Power Railway & Light Co.)
1924-1931 - Saginaw Transit Co. (Electric Railway Securities Co.)
1931 - streetcars discontinued
1931-1936 - Saginaw Motor Coach Co.
1936-1962 - Saginaw City Lines (National City Lines)
1960-1962 - leased to city
After 1962 - Saginaw Transit

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Saginaw Transit Authority Regional Services (STARS)


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