TRANSIT SYSTEMS IN MICHIGAN

SMALLER CITIES


Adrian

1889-1907 - Adrian Street Railway
1907-1924 - Toledo & Western Railway
1924 - streetcars discontinued
After 1924 - Adrian City Bus Line

Benton Harbor

1884-1900 - St. Joseph & Benton Harbor Street Railway Co.
1900-1906 - Benton Harbor & St. Joseph Electric Ry. & Light Co.
1906-1922 - Benton Harbor-St. Joe Railway & Light Co.
1922-1928 - Benton Harbor-St. Joe Railway & Light Co. (American Gas & Electric Co.)
1928-1932 - Twin City Railway (Central Public Service Co.)
1932-1935 - Twin City Railway (Central Public Utility Corp.)
1935 - streetcars discontinued
1935-1974 - Twin City Motor Coach Lines

Escanaba

1892-1909 - Escanaba Traction Co.
1909-1932 - Escanaba Power & Traction Co.
1932 - streetcars discontinued
After 1932 - Escanaba Gladstone Motorbus Co.

Grand Haven

1902-1912 - Grand Rapids Grand Haven & Muskegon Railway
1912-1925 - Grand Rapids Grand Haven & Muskegon Railway (United Light & Railways Co.)
1925-1928 - Grand Rapids Grand Haven & Muskegon Railway
1928 - streetcars discontinued
Private bus co. in 1952 - Grand Haven Transit Lines

Holland

1899-1900 - Holland & Lake Michigan Railway
1900-1904 - Grand Rapids Holland & Lake Michigan Railway
1904-1913 - Grand Rapids Holland & Chicago Railway
1913-1924 - Grand Rapids Holland & Chicago Railway (Commonwealth Power Railway & Light Co.)
1924-1926 - Grand Rapids Holland & Chicago Railway
1926 - streetcars discontinued
Private bus co. in 1952 - Holland City Bus Line

Houghton

1900-1908 - Houghton County Street Railway (Stone & Webster)
1908-1925 - Houghton County Traction Co. (Stone & Webster)
1925-1932 - Houghton County Traction Co. (Central Public Service Co.)
1932 - streetcars discontinued

Iron River

1913-1921 - Iron River Stambaugh & Crystal Falls Street Railway
1921 - streetcars discontinued
Private bus co. in 1952 - Shubat Bus Co.

Ironwood

1890-1891 - Twin City Railway
1891-1910 - Twin City General Electric Co.
1910-1911 - Gogebic & Iron County Railway & Light Co.
1911-1922 - Ironwood & Bessemer Railway & Light Co.
1922-1932 - Lake Superior District Power Co. (Middle West Utilities Co.)
1932 - streetcars discontinued

Ishpeming-Negaunee

1893-1927 - Ishpeming-Negaunee Gas Power & Traction Co.
1927 - streetcars discontinued

Manistee

1892-1904 - Manistee Filer Lake & East Lake Railway Co.
1904-1906 - Northern Michigan Traction Co.
After 1906 - Manistee Light & Traction Co.
Prior to 1921 - Manistee City Co.
1921 - streetcars discontinued
Private bus co. in 1952 - Manistee & Suburban Bus Service

Marquette

1891-1925 - Marquette City & Presque Isle Railway Co.
1925-1935 - Marquette City Railway Co.
1935 - streetcars discontinued
After 1935 - Marquette Transit Lines

Menominee

1891-1903 - Menominee Electric Light Railway & Power Co.
1903-1928 - Menominee & Marinette Light & Traction Co.
1928 - streetcars discontinued
Private bus co. - Twin City Transportation Co.

Monroe

1901-1902 - Monroe Traction Co.
1902-1903 - Toledo & Monroe Railway
1903-1906 - Detroit Monroe & Toledo Short Line Railway
1906-1928 - Detroit United Railway
1928 - streetcars discontinued
1928-1944 - no transit service
1944-1945 - Monroe Transit Lines
1945-1946 - no transit service
1946-1952 - Monroe City Lines (Shortway Lines)
1952-1956 - Monroe City Lines
1956-1977 - no transit service

Owosso

1895-1911 - Owosso & Corunna Electric Co.
1911-1913 - 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 - streetcars discontinued
Private bus co. in 1952 - Indian Trails

Sault Ste. Marie

1888-1901 - Sault Ste. Marie Street Railway Co.
1901-1919 - Trans-St. Mary's Traction Co.
After 1919 - Sault Ste. Marie Traction Co.
1931 - streetcars discontinued

Streetcar companies are mentioned in the Moody and the Poor investment manuals, and "The Trolley And Interurban Directory", by Joseph Gross. But it is possible, that some of these streetcar systems with dates missing failed to be completed, and were never actually operated.


ADDITIONAL CITIES NEVER WITH STREETCARS

The only history found for transit systems in these cities, is from the 1952 "Mass Transportation's Directory", identifying these bus systems in existence as of 1952.

Ionia - Ionia Motor Coach Co.
Iron Mountain - Iron Mountain-Kingsford Transit Lines
Ludington - Ludington Transit Lines
Midland - Midland Transit Lines
Niles - Niles Transit Lines
Petoskey - Petoskey Transit Lines
Traverse City - Traverse City Transit Lines


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