TRANSIT SYSTEMS IN ILLINOIS

MAJOR CITIES DOWNSTATE


Bloomington/Normal

Mule Car
1867-1890 - Bloomington & Normal Horse Railway Co.
1890 - mule cars replaced with electric streetcars operated by new company

1890-1898 - Bloomington City Railway Co.
1898-1902 - Bloomington & Normal Railway Co.
1902-1906 - Bloomington & Normal Railway Electric & Heating Co.
1906-1923 - Illinois Traction Co.
1923-1936 - Illinois Power & Light Co.
1926 - buses introduced
1936 - streetcars replaced with buses operated by new National City Lines subsidiary

1936-1966 - Bloomington-Normal City Lines (National City Lines)
1966-1972 - Bloomington-Normal City Lines (new owners)
1972-2015 - Bloomington-Normal Public Transit System

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM (SINCE 2015)
Connect Transit


Cairo

Horse Car
1880-1885 - Cairo Street Railroad Co.
1885-1890 - Cairo Street Railway Co.
1890-1903 - Cairo Electric Railway Co.
1892 - horse cars replaced with electric streetcars

1903-1908 - Cairo Electric & Traction Co.
1908-1913 - Cairo Railway & Light Co.
1913-1923 - Illinois Traction Co.
1923-1934 - Illinois Power & Light Co.
1934 - streetcars discontinued

After 1938 - Cairo Motor Transit Corp.
Prior to 1950's - Cairo Motor Transit Corp. (American Transit Corp.)
After 1950's - Cairo Motor Transit Co.

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Shawnee Mass Transit District


Champaign/Urbana

Horse Car
1863-1866 - Urbana Railroad Co.
1866-1894 - Urbana & Champaign Street Railway Co.
1890-1892 - horse cars replaced with electric streetcars

1894-1897 - Urbana & Champaign Electric Street Railway Co.
1897-1904 - Urbana & Champaign Railway Gas & Electric Co.
1904-1923 - Illinois Traction Co.
1923-1936 - Illinois Power & Light Co.
1925 - buses introduced
1936 - streetcars replaced with buses operated by new National City Lines subsidiary

1936-1966 - Champaign-Urbana City Lines (National City Lines)
1966-1971 - Champaign-Urbana City Lines (new owners)

FURTHER INFORMATION
Streetcar Map
Classic Bus Roster

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM (SINCE 1971)
Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District

HISTORIC INTERURBAN RAILWAY
Urbana-Rantoul-Paxton
1916-1926 - Kankakee & Urbana Traction Co.


Danville

Mule Car
1883-1891 - Citizens Street Railway Co.
1891 - mule cars replaced with electric streetcars operated by new company

1891-1899 - Danville Gas Electric Light & Street Railway Co.
1899-1904 - Danville Street Railway & Light Co.
1904-1923 - Illinois Traction Co.
1923-1936 - Illinois Power & Light Co.
1926 - buses introduced
1936 - streetcars replaced with buses operated by new National City Lines subsidiary

1936-1964 - Danville City Lines (National City Lines)
After 1964 - Bee Line Transit Corp. (American Transit Corp.)

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Danville Mass Transit


Decatur

Horse Car
1867-1887 - Decatur Horse Railway Co.
1887-1890 - Decatur & North Park Railway Co.
1890 - horse cars replaced with electric streetcars operated by new company

1890-1895 - Decatur Electric Railway Co.

Horse Car
1882-1889 - Citizens Street Railroad Co.
1889-1891 - Citizens Electric Street Railway Co.
1891 - horse cars replaced with electric streetcars operated by new company

1891-1899 - City Electric Railway Co.

1899-1903 - Decatur Traction & Electric Co.
1903-1904 - Decatur Railway & Light Co.
1904-1923 - Illinois Traction Co.
1923-1936 - Illinois Power & Light Co.
1920's - buses introduced by four separate companies, acquired by Illinois Power & Light Co. in 1924
1936 - streetcars replaced with buses operated by new National City Lines subsidiary

1936-1972 - Decatur City Lines (National City Lines)

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM (SINCE 1972)
Decatur Public Transportation System


Galesburg

Horse Car
1867-1886 - Galesburg Horse Railroad Co.
1886-1892 - College City Street Railway Co.
1892 - horse cars replaced with electric streetcars operated by new company

1892-1904 - Galesburg Electric Motor & Power Co.
1904-1915 - Galesburg Railway & Light Co.
1915-1923 - Illinois Traction Co.
1923-1934 - Illinois Power & Light Co.
1926 - buses introduced
1931 - streetcars discontinued

1934-1959 - Galesburg City Lines
1959-1972 - Galesburg Motor Coach Lines

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM (SINCE 1972)
Galesburg Transit


Jacksonville

Horse Car
1867-1905 - Jacksonville Railway Co.
1892 - horse cars replaced with electric streetcars

1905-1923 - Illinois Traction Co.
1923-1929 - Illinois Power & Light Co.
1926 - buses introduced
1929 - streetcars discontinued

After 1937 - Reddy Cab Co.
After 1942 - Elm City Bus Lines

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
West Central Mass Transit District


Peoria Area

Peoria

Horse Car
1870-1906 - several companies
1889-1892 - horse cars replaced with electric streetcars

1906-1923 - Illinois Traction Co.
1923 - buses introduced
1923-1937 - Illinois Power & Light Co.
1937-1943 - Illinois-Iowa Power Co.
1943-1946 - Illinois Power Co.
1931-1946 - operated trolleybuses
1946 - streetcars replaced with buses operated by new National City Lines subsidiary

1946-1950 - Peoria Transportation Co. (National City Lines)
1950-1955 - Peoria Transit Lines (National City Lines)
1955-1964 - Peoria City Lines (National City Lines)
1964-1970 - Peoria City Lines (new owners)

FURTHER INFORMATION
Streetcar Map
Classic Bus Roster

Pekin

Battery Car
1911-1913 - Pekin & Petersburg Interurban Ry. Co.
1913-1915 - Pekin Street Railway Co.
1914 - battery cars replaced with electric streetcars

1915-2010 - City of Pekin
1935 - streetcars discontinued

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM (SINCE 1970)
Greater Peoria Mass Transit District

HISTORIC INTERURBAN RAILWAY
Peoria-Pekin
1899-1924 - Peoria & Pekin Traction Co.
1924-1924 - Peoria & Pekin Terminal Co.


Quincy

Mule Car
1867-1912 - Quincy Horse Railway & Carrying Co.
1890-1893 - mule cars replaced with electric streetcars

1912-1923 - Illinois Traction Co.
1923-1936 - Illinois Power & Light Co.
1925 - buses introduced
1931 - streetcars discontinued

1936-1966 - Quincy City Lines (National City Lines)
1966-1974 - Quincy City Lines (new owners)

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM
Quincy Transit Lines


Rock Island/Moline

Horse Car
After 1866 - several companies
Until 1895 - Rock Island & Milan Street Railway Co.
1886-1895 - operated steam dummy
1895-1900 - horse cars replaced with electric streetcars

Horse Car
1884-1901 - Moline Central Street Railway Co.
1889-1893 - horse cars replaced with electric streetcars

Steam Dummy
1886-1892 - Union Street Railway Co. (Moline)

Electric Streetcar
1895-1941 - Tri-City Railway Co.
1923 - buses introduced
1940 - streetcars discontinued

1941-1950 - Iowa-Illinois Gas & Electric Co.
1950-1970 - Rock Island-Moline City Lines (National City Lines)

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM (SINCE 1970)
Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District


Springfield

Mule Car
1865-1893 - several companies
1890-1893 - horse cars replaced with electric streetcars

1893-1921 - Springfield Consolidated Railway Co.
1921-1933 - Illinois Power Co.
1924 - buses introduced
1933-1945 - Springfield Transportation Co.
1937 - streetcars discontinued

1945-1962 - Springfield Transportation Co. (United Transit Co.)
1962-1968 - Springfield Transportation Co. (ATE)
1968-2016 - Springfield Mass Transit District

FURTHER INFORMATION
Streetcar Map
Classic Bus Roster

CURRENT TRANSIT SYSTEM (SINCE 2017)
Sangamon Mass Transit District

HISTORIC INTERURBAN RAILWAY
Springfield-Rochester/Clear Lake
1909-1910 - Springfield Clear Lake & Rochester Interurban Railway
1910-1912 - Mississippi Valley Interurban Railway


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