Northland Greyhound Lines was the most significant bus company in North Dakota, while Trailways had no presence. Northland Greyhound Lines was affiliated with the Great Northern Railroad, the most significant railroad 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    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

  2       885  Grand Forks-Minot         NGL           Checker Trans.   1938 NGL
  2       942  Minot-Williston                 Interstate Transportation Co.
 10       509  Fargo-Jamestown           NGL           Can.-Amer. Tr.   1934 NGL
 10       509  Jamestown-Bismarck        NGL           Interstate Tr.   1934 NGL
 10       509  Bismarck-Glendive         NGL     1933  ---------------  1933 NGL
 52       951  Jamestown-Minot           NGL
 52       942  Minot-Portal                    Interstate Transportation Co.
  C  751  513  Winnipeg-Pembina          NGL           Can.-Amer. Tr.   1935 NGL
 81  751  513  Pembina-Fargo             NGL           Can.-Amer. Tr.   1935 NGL
 81            Fargo-Howard SD                 Tri State Bus Lines
 83            Westhope-Minot                  Interstate Transportation Co.
 83       942  Minot-Bismarck                  Interstate Transportation Co.
 83       946  Bismarck-Selby SD               Interstate Transp./NODAK Stages
281            Devils Lake-Carrington          Honker Lines

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 routes were sold to the following independent bus companies, identified by the following Russell's Guide table numbers.

751  Jefferson Lines
885  Star Bus Lines
951  Jet-Base Shortway


Northland Greyhound Lines (NGL) - incorporated 1929, acquiring Northland Transportation Co. which had been incorporated in 1924, consolidated 1957 into Central Division of Greyhound.


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

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