INTERCITY BUS ROUTES - HISTORY

WASHINGTON

Several Greyhound companies served Washington, while Trailways had a smaller presence. A few bus companies either competed with or were owned by Interurban Railways, indicated in CAPITAL LETTERS.


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       509  Spokane-Almira            NWG           Auto Interurban  1931 WMC
  2       509  Almira-Wenatchee          NWG     1924  ---------------  1924 WMC
  2 7840  509  Wenatchee-Cashmere        NWG           Walter A. Keyes  1926 WMC
  2 7840  509  Cashmere-Leavenworth      NWG           H. A. Gartner    1926 WMC
  2 7840  509  Leavenworth-Seattle       NWG           ---------------       WMC
  2 7840 7771  Skykomish-Seattle         EVE(T)        Index Stages          EVE
  I            COEUR D'ALENE-SPOKANE         1903-1928  SPO. C. D'AL.
 10       509  Coeur D'Alene-Spokane     NWG     1920  Auto Interurban  1956 NWG
 10  509  509  Spokane-Ellensburg        NWG     1936  ---------------  1936 WMC
 10  509  509  Ellensburg-Snoqualmie P.  NWG     1926  ---------------  1926 WMC
 10  509  509  Snoqualmie Pass-Seattle   NWG     1930  ---------------  1930 WMC
 10            North Bend-Seattle        EVE(T)  1921  N. Bend Stage.   1940 EVE
 12       502  Lewiston-Walla Walla      OGL           Blue Mountain    1929 UPS
 12       506  Walla Walla-Pasco         NWG           ---------------       WMC
 12  509  506  Pasco-Yakima              NWG     1927  ---------------  1927 WMC
 12            Chehalis-Elma                   Blue Gray Stages
 12      4593  Elma-Aberdeen                   Blue Gray Stages/Wash. Coast Lines
 97      4750  Oroville-Omak             NWG           ---------------       WMC
 97 7841 4750  Omak-Wenatchee            NWG           ---------------       WMC
 97  509  501  Ellensburg-Yakima         NWG     1924  Yakima Northern  1924 WMC
 97  502  501  Yakima-Maryhill           NWG           Yakima Motor C.  1938 WMC
  C  601  604  Vancouver BC-Blaine WA    NCG           A. W Davison     1929 NCG
  I            BELLINGHAM-MT. VERNON         1913-1931  PAC. NW TRAC.
 99  601  604  Blaine-Mt. Vernon         NCG           A. W Davison     1929 NCG
 99  601  604  Mt. Vernon-Everett        NCG     1921  Thompson&Smith   1929 NCG
  I            EVERETT-SEATTLE               1906-1939  PAC. NW TRAC.
 99  601  604  Everett-Seattle           NCG     1921  Park Auto Tran.  1926 NCG
  I            SEATTLE-TACOMA                1902-1928  PUGET SOUND
 99  601  601  Seattle-Tacoma            NCG     1921  Sea.-Tac. Union  1926 NCG
 99  601  601  Tacoma-Olympia            NCG           Thompson-Smith   1926 NCG
 99  601  601  Olympia-Chehalis          NCG     1921  Northwest Tran.  1926 NCG
 99  601  601  Chehalis-Castle Rock      NCG     1923  Northwest Tran.  1926 NCG
 99  601  601  Castle Rock-Vancouver WA  NCG     1921  Camas Stage Co.  1926 NCG
 99  601  601  Vancouver WA-Portland     NCG     1923  Portl.-Vanc. St  1926 NCG
 99      8552  Seattle-Portland          WEC(T)  1945  ---------------  1948 WEC
101            Olympia-Quilcene                Bremerton Tacoma Stages
101            Quilcene-Maynard                Port Townsend Southern Stages
101       507  Maynard-Port Angeles      NWG     1923  Wolverton Auto   1926 WMC
101            Port Angeles-Forks        NWG           Blue Star Stage  1926 WMC
101            Forks-Astoria OR                Blue Gray Stages
  I            SPOKANE-COLFAX                1907-1928  SPO. C. D'AL.
  I            SPOKANE-MOSCOW                1908-1928  SPO. C. D'AL.
195 7842  502  Spokane-Pullman           OGL     1921  Interstate Coa.  1929 UPS
195       502  Pullman-Lewiston          OGL     1921  Interstate Coa.  1929 UPS
295            Colfax-Dodge              OGL           Blue Mountain    1929 UPS
395      4751  Kettle Falls-Spokane            Auto Interurban Co./Empire Lines
395  502  501  Spokane-Pasco             OGL           Auto Interurban  1929 UPS
730  502  501  Pasco-Umatilla            OGL           Auto Interurban  1929 UPS
830       501  Maryhill-Portland         NWG           Yakima Motor C.  1938 WMC
830      4515  Kelso-Ocean Park                Kelso-Ocean Beach Stage Line
  S            Spokane-Tekoa             OGL           Green Stage L    1929 UPS
  S       507  Seattle-Port Ludlow       NWG           Olympic Pen. MC  1938 WMC
  S       507  Port Ludlow-Maynard       NWG     1923  Wolverton Auto   1926 WMC
  S            Pt. Ludlow-Pt. Townsend   NWG                                 WMC
  S 7841 4750  Wenatchee-Ellensburg      NWG           Sterling Long    1924 WMC
  S            Seattle-Auburn            NCG     1921  Park Auto Tran.  1926 NCG
  S            Auburn-Buckley            NCG           Enumclaw Trans.  1926 NCG
  S            Auburn-Puyallup           NCG           Shield Transp.   1940 NCG
  S      7758  Bremerton-Tacoma          BTS(T)
  S            Carnation-Seattle         EVE(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 routes were sold to the following independent bus companies, identified by the following Russell's Guide table numbers.



4750-4752  Empire Lines
7840-7842  Northwestern Trailways



GREYHOUND BUS COMPANIES

North Coast Greyhound Lines (NCG) - formed 1926 as North Coast Transportation Co., a bus affiliate of Pacific Northwest Traction Co. and Puget Sound Electric Railway, renamed 1949 to North Coast Greyhound Lines, consolidated 1957 into Western Division of Greyhound.

Northwest Greyhound Lines (NWG) - incorporated 1947, acquiring Washington Motor Coach Co. (WMC) which had been incorporated 1924 as Yakima Northern Stages, renamed 1926 to Washington Motor Coach Co. In 1956 acquired Auto Interurban Co., which had been incorporated in 1920, and over the years gradually sold routes to various Greyhound predecessors. Northwest Greyhound Lines was consolidated in 1957 into Western Division of Greyhound.

Overland Greyhound Lines (OGL) - incorporated 1952, acquiring Union Pacific Stages (UPS) and Interstate Transit Lines. Interstate Transit Lines had been incorporated in 1921, and was acquired in 1929 by Union Pacific Railroad and Chicago & North Western Railroad as a joint bus subsidiary. And Union Pacific Stages had been formed in 1927 as a bus subsidiary of Union Pacific Railroad. In 1943, both railroad subsidiaries began operating under name Overland Greyhound Lines. Consolidated 1956 into Northland Greyhound Lines, consolidated 1957 into Central Division of Greyhound.


TRAILWAYS BUS COMPANIES

West Coast Bus Lines/West Coast Trailways (WEC) - incorporated 1938, in 1938 joined Trailways, sold 1948 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Bremerton-Tacoma Stages/Cascade Trailways (BTS) - in 1972 joined Trailways.

Evergreen Trails/Evergreen Trailways (EVE) - in 1939 joined Trailways, in 1991 became Northwestern Trailways


INDEPENDENT BUS COMPANIES

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


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