INTERCITY BUS ROUTES - HISTORY

ARKANSAS

Southwestern Greyhound Lines and Missouri Pacific Trailways were the most significant bus companies in Arkansas. Those two companies were affiliated with the St. Louis Southwestern Railroad and the Missouri Pacific Railroad respectively, the most significant railroads operating in the state.


1976 MAP

Color coded map shows intercity bus routes in existence in 1976.

Blue indicates Greyhound, red indicates Trailways. Additional colors indicate significant independent bus companies, and are identified with labels. Black indicates smaller independent companies.

Thin blue or red lines indicate routes which were once part of Greyhound or Trailways, but later transferred to independent bus companies.




US    Curr./1976    Cities    Greyhound or   Year     Original   Year     Consol-
Hwy.  Russell's     Served    Trailways      Intro-   Company    Consol-  idated
No.   Guide                   Company or     duced               idated   Company
      Table                   Division

 49      3965  Paragould-Jonesboro       MOP(T)        Mathis Bus Line  1929 MOP
 49            Jonesboro-Brinkley              Great Southern Coaches
 49            Brinkley-Helena                 Brocato Bus Line
 61  260  395  Blytheville-Memphis       DGL     1928  ---------------  1928 PIG
 62            Mountain Home-Harrison          Harrison Motor Coaches
 62      8402  Harrison-Gateway          SFT(T)
 62      8431  Gateway-Fayetteville      SFT(T)
 63      8365  Thayer-Jonesboro          ABI(T)        Mo.-Ark. Coach   1945 MAC
 63  260 8365  Jonesboro-Memphis         ABI(T)        Mo.-Ark. Coach   1945 MAC
 64            Memphis-Bald Knob         MOP(T)        Travelers        1928 MOP
 64  755 8358  Conway-Fort Smith         MOP(T)        Smith Arkansas   1928 MOP
 65      8402  Harrison-Conway           SFT(T)
 65  755 8402  Conway-Little Rock        SFT(T)
 65  755 8350  Little Rock-Pine Bluff    MOP(T)  1913  Smith Arkansas   1928 MOP
 65      8350  Pine Bluff-McGehee        MOP(T)        Smith Arkansas   1928 MOP
 67      8353  Corning-Newport           MOP(T)  1929  ---------------  1929 MOP
 67  767 8353  Newport-Bald Knob         MOP(T)  1929  ---------------  1929 MOP
 67      8353  Bald Knob-Little Rock     MOP(T)        Smith Arkansas   1928 MOP
 67  478 8353  Little Rock-Texarkana     MOP(T)        Walden Bus L.    1928 MOP
 67  478 8186  Arkadelphia-Texarkana     ARM(T)
 70       588  Memphis-Brinkley          SWGL    1930  ---------------  1930 SWTC
 70  478 8186  Memphis-Hot Springs       ARM(T)
 70      8186  Memphis-Forrest City      MOP(T)        Travelers        1928 MOP
 70      8186  Forrest City-Little Rock  MOP(T)        Smith Arkansas   1928 MOP
 70      8353  Little Rock-Hot Springs   MOP(T)        Smith Arkansas   1928 MOP
 70            Hot Springs-Idabel OK           Baum Bus Line
 71  753  751  Neosho MO-Fort Smith            Crown Coach Co./Jefferson Trans.
 71  793  751  Fort Smith-Texarkana            Crown Coach Co./Jefferson Trans.
 71      8358  Fort Smith-Mena           SFT(T)
 79      8361  Memphis-Marianna          MOP(T)
 79       588  Clarendon-Stuttgart       SWGL    1930  ---------------  1930 SWTC
 79       588  Stuttgart-Pine Bluff      SWGL          Krummen Motor B  1928 SWTC
 79       588  Pine Bluff-Camden         SWGL          Smith Arkansas   1928 SWTC
 79       588  Camden-Magnolia           SWGL          Beakle Bus Co.   1928 SWTC
 79      8355  Magnolia-Haynesville LA   SBL(T)  1929  ---------------  1929 TRI
 82      8123  Greenville MS-Montrose    SBL(T)        Delta Transp.    1941 TRI
 82      8123  Montrose-Strong           SBL(T)  1941  ---------------  1941 TRI
 82      8123  Strong-El Dorado          SBL(T)                              TRI
 82      8123  El Dorado-Magnolia        SBL(T)  1932  ---------------  1932 TRI
 82      8123  Magnolia-Texarkana        SBL(T)  1941  ---------------  1941 TRI
 82            Greenville MS-Montrose    MOP(T)
 82            Montrose-Crossett         MOP(T)  1929  ---------------  1929 MOP
 82            Crossett-El Dorado        MOP(T)
 82       588  Magnolia-Texarkana        SWGL          Beakle Bus Co.   1928 SWTC
165       588  Little Rock-Stuttgart     SWGL          Krummen Motor B  1928 SWTC
167            Ash Flat-Batesville             Pruitt Bus Lines
167      3712  Batesville-Bald Knob      MOP(T)
167      8355  Little Rock-Fordyce       MOP(T)        Smith Arkansas   1928 MOP
270            Pine Bluff-Hot Springs    SBL(T)  1933  ---------------  1933 TRI
270      8358  Hot Springs-Mena          SFT(T)
270            Hot Springs-Poteau OK           Earl Transportation Co.
371            Nashville AR-Prescott     ARM(T)
371            Prescott-Magnolia         ARM(T)
371      8355  Magnolia-Springhill LA    ARM(T)
412      3965  Kennett MO-Paragould            Great Southern Coaches
412            Paragould-Hoxie                 Great Southern Coaches
425      8350  Pine Bluff-Hamburg        SBL(T)  1927  Dean Bus Line    1935 INT
  S       588  Brinkley-Clarendon        SWGL    1930  ---------------  1930 SWTC
  S  478 8186  Hot Springs-Arkadelphia   ARM(T)
  S            Hope-Nashville AR         MOP(T)
  S            Prescott-Camden           ARM(T)
  S            Pine Bluff-Warren         MOP(T)  1933  ---------------  1933 MOP
  S            Warren-Dermott            MOP(T)  1929  ---------------  1929 MOP
  S      8353  Hot Springs-Arkadelphia   MOP(T)        Walden Bus L.    1928 MOP
  S            Newport-Batesville        MOP(T)
  S  478 8355  Fordyce-El Dorado         MOP(T)        Smith Arkansas   1928 MOP
  S      8358  Russellville-Paris AR     MOP(T)        Dardanelle Tr.   1936 MOP
  S      8358  Paris AR-Fort Smith       MOP(T)
  S      8361  Marianna-Helena           MOP(T)
  S            Corning-Paragould         MOP(T)        Mathis Bus Line  1929 MOP
  S            Jonesboro-Wynne           MOP(T)        Mathis Bus Line  1929 MOP
  S            Wynne-Helena              MOP(T)
  S            El Dorado-Camden          MOP(T)
  S            Camden-Gurdon             MOP(T)        J. T. Bennett    1930 MOP


Russell's Guide Table Numbers

Greyhound tables had numbers below 700, while Trailways tables had numbers above 7000. Table numbers in between were independent bus companies. Although Greyhound Lines of Canada, not covered here, had tables numbered in the low 700's.

Where no table number is indicated, service had been discontinued by then.

Further clues on Greyhound or Trailways affiliations are the presence of a "G" or a "T" in a company abbreviation. Trailways company abbreviations are followed by a "(T)". While abbreviations of certain Greyhound companies not obviously "Greyhound" in name are followed by a "(G)".

Over the years, certain Greyhound or Trailways or other routes were sold to the following independent bus companies, identified by the following Russell's Guide table numbers.



750-767  Jefferson Lines
780-801  Kerrville Bus Co.
3712     Wells Bus Line
3965     Great Southern Coaches



GREYHOUND BUS COMPANIES

Southwestern Greyhound Lines (SWGL) - incorporated 1933 as merger of Southwestern Transportation Co. (SWTC) and two other companies, consolidated 1960 into Central Division of Greyhound. Southwestern Transportation Co. had been formed in 1928 as a bus subsidiary of St. Louis Southwestern Railroad.

Dixie Greyhound Lines (DGL) - incorporated 1931, consolidated 1954 into Southeastern Greyhound Lines, consolidated 1960 into Southern Division of Greyhound. Upon formation assumed operation of several routes from Pickwick-Greyhound Lines (PIG), which had been formed in 1928 as a company jointly owned by Pickwick Stages and Greyhound.


TRAILWAYS BUS COMPANIES

American Buslines (ABI) - incorporated 1935 as All American Bus Lines, renamed 1946 to American Buslines and joined Trailways, sold 1953 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Arkansas Motor Coaches/Arkansas Trailways (ARM) - in 1956 joined Trailways, sold 1956 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Missouri-Arkansas Coach/Missouri-Arkansas Trailways (MAC) - in 1938 joined Trailways, sold 1945 to American Buslines, sold 1953 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Missouri Pacific Bus Lines/Missouri Pacific Trailways (MOP) - formed 1928 as bus subsidiary of Missouri Pacific Railroad, in 1936 joined Trailways, in 1948 resumed independent operation, sold 1957 to Midwest Bus Lines which was a Trailways member, sold 1960 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Santa Fe Trail Transportation/Santa Fe Trailways (SFT) - formed 1928 as bus subsidiary of Santa Fe Railway, in 1936 joined Trailways, sold 1948 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Southern Bus Lines/Southern Trailways (SBL) - formed 1945 through merger of Bordelon Lines/Bordelon Trailways, Interurban Transportation Co./Interurban Trailways (INT), and Tri-State Transit Co./Tri-State Trailways (TRI). Interurban Transportation Co. was incorporated in 1921, in 1939 joined Trailways. Tri-State Transit Co. began operating in 1922 as Caddo Transfer & Warehouse Co., renamed 1923 to Tri-State Transit Co., in 1938 joined Trailways. Southern Bus Lines sold 1948 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

NEWER TRAILWAYS COMPANIES

With deregulation in the 1980's, new companies were free to enter the intercity bus industry, and Continental Trailways was free to sell certain routes to the new companies, which would continue to operate the routes as part of the Trailways system. Although most of the companies did not continue to operate the routes for long.

Arrow Trailways Of Arkansas (Arrow Coach Lines) - operated Pine Bluff-McGehee-Natchez, over route which Arrow Coach Lines had acquired from Missouri Pacific Bus Lines/Missouri Pacific Trailways.

Tri-State Trailways - operated Memphis-Helena (Russell's Guide Table No. 8361).


INDEPENDENT BUS COMPANIES

Maps and further information on the significant independent bus companies, serving Arkansas.


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