OBSCURE SUBURBAN BUS LINES

LONG ISLAND

In addition to the traditional city transit systems which started out as streetcar systems, there existed a number of independent suburban bus lines, which in many cases have basically been forgotten. But the 1952 "Mass Transportation's Directory" provides an interesting "snapshot", of what obscure bus companies had coexisted with the main transit providers.

Not included are certain intercity bus providers also providing suburban or commuter service. Some suburban lines may be omitted, due to incompleteness or inconsistencies with available data.


NASSAU COUNTY BUS COMPANIES EVOLVING TO MTA

The following bus companies were acquired by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in 1973, and became known as the Metropolitan Suburban Bus Authority, later Long Island Bus.

Information on points served is from the 1952 "Mass Transportation's Directory", except for Stage Coach Lines and Branch Bus Corp., which did not exist at the time.

Bee Line - served Valley Stream, Lynbrook, Rockville Centre, Baldwin, Freeport, Elmont, Hempstead, Franklin Square.

Branch Bus Corp. - no further information.

Hempstead Bus Corp. - served Hempstead, Mineola, Garden City, Freeport, Lynbrook, Baldwin, Hicksville, Levittown.

Hendrickson Bus Co. - served Oyster Bay, Bayville, Glen Cove, Glenhead, Greenvale, Locust Valley, Seacliff.

Jerusalem Avenue Bus Line - no further information.

Rockville Centre Bus Corp. - served Rockville Centre, Lakeview, Long Beach, Island Park, Hempstead, Oceanside.

Roosevelt Bus Line - served Long Island.

Schneck Transportation Co. - served Long Island.

Stage Coach Lines - no further information.

Utility Lines - suburban served Freeport to Patchogue along Merrick Road and Montauk Highway.

ADDITIONAL NASSAU COUNTY BUS COMPANIES EXISTING IN 1952

Information on points served is from the 1952 "Mass Transportation's Directory". Some of these companies presumably were absorbed into any of the ten companies acquired by MTA in 1973.

Bay Park-East Rockaway Bus Line - suburban served East Rockaway, Bay Park, Hewlett Point, Hewlett, Lynbrook.

Dileo Bus Line - suburban served Baldwin Harbor, Freeport, Merrick, Bellmore, Wantagh.

Levittown Bus Corp. - suburban served Hempstead, Farmingdale, Hicksville, Levittown.

Joseph F. Maranta - based in Massapequa, no further information.

Mack Bros. Transportation Co. - served Baldwin, Baldwin Harbor.

Nassau Bus Line - served Far Rockaway, Hewlett, Inwood, Lynbrook, Woodmere, Atlantic Beach.

Purinton Coach Line - city service in Farmingdale.

Semke Bus Line - served Hempstead, Rockville Centre, Oceanside, Westbury, Baldwin.

Star Bus Lines - suburban service around Bellmore.

Universal Auto Bus Service Corp. - suburban served Great Neck area.


SUFFOLK COUNTY BUS COMPANIES EXISTING IN 1952

Information on points served is from the 1952 "Mass Transportation's Directory". Some of these companies continue to operate bus routes under contract with Suffolk County Transit, which assumed jurisdiction of transit services in 1981.

Bornscheuer Bus Co. - suburban served Amityville, Copiague, Lindenhurst, West Babylon, Babylon. Affiliated company EBT formed in 1962, continues in existence under contract with Suffolk County Transit.

Louis A. Fuoco Bus Line - served Patchogue, East Patchogue, Hagerman, Bellport, South Haven, Mastic, Mastic Beach, Port Jefferson, Medford, Coram, Ridge, Calverton, Riverhead. Continued to exist during early years of Suffolk County Transit.

Huntington Coach Corp. - served Huntington, Farmingdale, Melville, Halesite.

Quinn's Bus Lines - served Suffolk County.

Suffolk Bus Corp. - served Bay Shore, Brentwood, West Brentwood, Central Islip, Islip, Babylon. Began operations in 1946, continues in existence under contract with Suffolk County Transit.

Sunrise Coach Lines - suburban served Greenport, Riverhead, Southampton, Sag Harbor, Easthampton. Began operations in 1946, continues in existence under contract with Suffolk County Transit.

Utility Lines - suburban served Freeport to Patchogue along Merrick Road and Montauk Highway.

Also reported to exist was Babylon Transit, operating from 1937 until around 1986, its final years under contract with Suffolk County Transit.


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