INTERCITY BUS ROUTES - HISTORY

ARIZONA/NEW MEXICO

Pacific Greyhound Lines and Santa Fe Trailways were the most significant bus companies in Arizona and New Mexico. Those two companies were affiliated with the Southern Pacific Railroad and the Santa Fe Railway respectively, the most significant railroads operating in the area.


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.

Arizona

New Mexico




US    2005/1976     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

 54  832  830  Corona-El Paso-TX               New Mexico Transportation Co.
 60  821  834  Clovis-Willard                  New Mexico Transportation Co.
 60            Socorro-Springerville     SFT(T)
 60      4039A Springerville-Globe             White Mountain Lines
 60       580  Globe-Phoenix             PACGL   1925  ---------------  1925 YEL
 60  580  580  Phoenix-Blythe CA         PACGL   1925  ---------------  1925 YEL
 60      8215  Phoenix-Blythe CA         ABI(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 ABI
 64            Raton-Taos                SFT(T)
 66  470  577  Tucumcari-Albuquerque     SWGL    1927  North Plains     1939 SWGL
 66  470  577  Albuquerque-Flagstaff     PACGL   1925  ---------------  1925 YEL
 66       577  Flagstaff-Needles CA      PACGL   1925  ---------------  1925 YEL
 66      8550  Tucumcari-Albuquerque     SFT(T)
 66      8550  Albuquerque-Needles CA    SFT(T)
 70  815  833  Clovis-Las Cruces               New Mexico Transportation Co.
 70       580  Lordsburg-Globe           PACGL         Borderland       1925 PIS
 80  580  580  El Paso-Lordsburg         PACGL         Borderland       1925 PIS
 80      8215  El Paso-Lordsburg         ABI(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 ABI
 80            Lordsburg-Douglas         PACGL 
 80       582  Douglas-Benson            PACGL 
 80  580  580  Benson-Yuma               PACGL         Borderland       1925 PIS
 80      8215  Benson-Yuma               ABI(T)
 84            Clovis-Las Vegas                New Mexico Transportation Co.
 84            Cebolla-Chama             CB(T)
 85  832  571  Trinidad CO-Albuquerque   SWGL    1925  ---------------  1925 YEL
 85  832 8558  Santa Fe-Albuquerque      SFT(T)
 85  832 8558  Albuquerque-El Paso       SFT(T)        Rio Grande St.   1937 SFT
 87  820  571  Trinidad CO-Texline       SWGL    1926  Paradox Land     1940 SWGL
 89      8560  Kanab-Phoenix             SFT(T)        Cent. Ariz. Tr.  1936 SFT
 89  470  577  Flagstaff-Phoenix         PACGL   1925  ---------------  1925 YEL
 89      8215  Phoenix-Tucson            ABI(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 ABI
 89  580  580  Phoenix-Tucson            PACGL   1925  ---------------  1925 YEL
 89      4071  Tucson-Nogales                  Citizen Auto Stage
 93      4128  Las Vegas-Wickenburg            Las Vegas Tonopah Reno Stage Line
180      4034  El Paso TX-Silver City          Parrish Stage Lines/Whitfield Bus
180            Springerville-Concho            White Mountain Lines
180            Flagstaff-Grand Canyon          Grand Canyon Line
285            Alamosa CO-Espanola             Abiquiu Antonito Bus Lines
285  832 8558  Espanola-Santa Fe         SFT(T)
285       832A Santa Fe-Vaughn                 New Mexico Transportation Co.
285  822  832  Vaughn-Carlsbad                 New Mexico Transportation Co.
285       832  Carlsbad-Pecos TX               New Mexico Transportation Co.
550      8523  Farmington-Shiprock       CB(T)   1932  ---------------  1932 RGN
666      8523  Shiprock-Gallup           CB(T)
666            St. Johns-Eager                 White Mountain Lines
666            Clifton-Safford                 Spoon Bros. Stage Line
  S  580  580  Lordsburg-Benson          PACGL         Borderland       1925 PIS
  S      8215  Lordsburg-Benson          ABI(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 ABI
  S  832 8500  Fort Garland-Taos         VTL(T)
  S  822 8510  Farmington-Albuquerque    CB(T)
  S            Cuba-Cebolla              CB(T)
  S  832 8558  Taos-Espanola             SFT(T)


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 TNM&O Coaches, currently identified by Russell's Guide table numbers 810-835.


GREYHOUND BUS COMPANIES

Pacific Greyhound Lines (PACGL) - incorporated 1929 as Pacific Transportation Securities, as merger of Pickwick Stages (PIS) and two other companies. Renamed 1930 to Pacific Greyhound Lines, and consolidated 1957 into Western Division of Greyhound. Pickwick Stages had been incorporated in 1912. In 1933, with consolidation of Western Greyhound Lines (formerly Pickwick-Greyhound Lines) into Southwestern Greyhound Lines, routes between Albuquerque and Los Angeles transferred to Pacific Greyhound Lines.

Southwestern Greyhound Lines (SWGL) - incorporated 1933 as merger of Western Greyhound Lines and two other companies, consolidated 1960 into Central Division of Greyhound. Western Greyhound Lines had been renamed in 1932 from Pickwick-Greyhound Lines, which had been formed in 1928 as a company jointly owned by Pickwick Stages and Greyhound, and fully owned by Greyhound in 1932. In 1929, Pickwick-Greyhound Lines had acquired Yelloway (YEL) system, which had been formed in 1925 as a group of independent operators to operate a transcontinental bus system. With formation of Southwestern Greyhound Lines, routes between Albuquerque and Los Angeles transferred to Pacific Greyhound Lines.


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.

Cannon Ball Stage Lines/Cannon Ball Trailways (CB) - in 1944 joined Trailways, sold 1953 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Rio Grande Motor Way/Rio Grande Trailways (RGN) - formed 1927 as bus subsidiary of Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, in 1936 joined Trailways, sold 1948 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.

Valley Transit Lines/Valley Transit Trailways (VTL) - in 1943 joined Trailways.


INDEPENDENT BUS COMPANIES

Maps and further information on the significant independent bus companies, serving Arizona and New Mexico.


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