TRANSIT SYSTEMS IN ILLINOIS

SMALLER CITIES


Anna

1907-1913 - Fruit Growers' Refrigeration & Power Co.
1913-1925 - Central Illinois Public Service Co. (Middle West Utilities Co.)
1925 - streetcars discontinued
After 1942 - Anna Cab & Coach Line

Beardstown

Private bus co. in 1952 - Beardstown Transit Co.

Belvidere

1895-1915 - Belvidere City Railway Co.
1915 - streetcars discontinued
Private bus co. in 1952 - Belvidere Bus Co.

Cairo

1880-1890 - Cairo Street Railway Co.
1890-1903 - Cairo Electric Railway Co.
1903-1908 - Cairo Electric & Traction Co.
1908-1913 - Cairo Railway & Light Co.
1913-1923 - Illinois Traction Co.
1923-1934 - Illinois Power & Light Co. (North American Light & Power 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.

Canton

1907-1928 - Illinois Central Electric Railway
1928 - streetcars discontinued
Private bus co. in 1952 - Canton Transit Co.

Carbondale/Murphysboro

Prior to 1908 - Murphysboro Street Railway
1908-1927 - Murphysboro Electric Railway & Light Co.
1927 - streetcars discontinued
After 1946 - Murphysboro Bus Co.

Centralia

1892-1906 - Centralia & Central City Street Railway Co.
1906-1930 - Centralia & Central City Traction Co.
1930 - streetcars discontinued
1939-1940 - Hall's City Lines
Private bus co. in 1952 - Inter-City Transit Corp. (American Transit Corp.)
Period of no transit service
Prior to 1992 - South Central Transit Corp.

Chester

Private bus co. in 1952 - Chester Coach Lines

Chillicothe

After 1892 - People's Street Railway Co.
Streetcars discontinued

Dixon

1904-1912 - Sterling Dixon & Eastern Traction Co.
1912-1925 - Sterling Dixon & Eastern Traction Co. (Middle West Utilities Co.)
1925 - streetcars/interurbans discontinued
1942-1946 - Dixon Transit Co.
After 1946 - Columbia Coach Lines

Freeport

1891-1895 - Freeport Street Railway Co.
1895-1900 - Freeport General Electric Co.
1900-1910 - Freeport Railway Light & Power Co.
1910-1912 - Freeport Railway & Light Co.
1912-1917 - Freeport Railway & Light Co. (Middle West Utilities Co.)
1917-1931 - Illinois Northern Utilities Co. (Middle West Utilities Co.)
1931-1933 - Illinois Northern Utilities Co. (Commonwealth Edison Co.)
1933 - streetcars discontinued
Private predecessor bus co. - Coach Co. of Freeport
Private bus co. in 1952 - Freeport Bus Co.

Harrisburg

1913-1918 - Southern Illinois Railway & Power Co.
1918-1933 - Southern Illinois Railway & Power Co. (Middle West Utilities Co.)
1933 - streetcars discontinued
After 1923 - Harrisburg-Dorrisville Bus Co.

Hillsboro

1906-1913 - Hillsboro Railway Co.
1913-1919 - Southern Illinois Light & Power Co.
1919-1923 - Southern Illinois Light & Power Co. (North American Light & Power Co.)
1923-1926 - Illinois Power & Light Co. (North American Light & Power Co.)
1926 - streetcars discontinued
Private bus co. in 1952 - Hillsboro Transit Co.

Jacksonville

1867-1905 - Jacksonville Railway Co.
1905-1923 - Illinois Traction Co.
1923-1929 - Illinois Power & Light Co. (North American Light & Power Co.)
1929 - streetcars discontinued
After 1922 - Jacksonville Bus Line
After 1937 - Reddy Cab Co.
After 1942 - Elm City Bus Lines

Kewanee

Prior to 1902 - Galesburg & Oneida Electric Railway Co.
1902-1924 - Galesburg & Kewanee Electric Railway Co.
1924-1926 - Kewanee Public Service Co.
1926-1934 - Kewanee Public Service Co. (North American Light & Power Co.)
1934-1936 - Kewanee Public Service Co. (North American Co.)
1936 - sold to National City Lines/streetcars discontinued
1936-1937 - Kewanee City Lines
After 1937 - Kewanee City Lines, Inc.

La Salle-Peru

1891-1902 - City Electric Railway Co.
1902-1904 - Illinois Valley Traction Co.
1904-1909 - Illinois Valley Railway Co.
1909-1913 - Chicago Ottawa & Peoria Railway Co. (Western Railways & Light Co.)
1913-1923 - Chicago Ottawa & Peoria Railway Co. (Illinois Traction Co.)
1923-1926 - Illinois Power & Light Co. (North American Light & Power Co.)
1926 - streetcars discontinued
1936-1937 - La Salle-Peru City Lines (National City Lines)
1937-1950's - La Salle-Peru City Lines (new owners)
After 1950's - La Salle-Peru City Lines (American Transit Corp.)

Lawrenceville

Private bus co. in 1952 - Lawrenceville Transit Lines

Lincoln

1891-1929 - Lincoln Street Railway Co.
1929 - streetcars discontinued
Private bus co. in 1952 - Lincoln Transit Lines

Litchfield

Private bus co. in 1952 - Litchfield Transit Co.

Macomb

Private bus co. in 1952 - Macomb Transit Co.

Marion/Herrin

1901-1926 - Coal Belt Electric Railway
1926 - streetcars discontinued
After 1924 - Egyptian Transportation System
After 1941 - Marion City Bus Co.
After 1946 - Herrin City Bus Line

Mattoon/Charleston

CITY TRANSIT HISTORY
1903-1910 - Mattoon City Railway Co.
1910-1912 - Central Illinois Public Service Co.
1912-1931 - Central Illinois Public Service Co. (Middle West Utilities Co.)
1927 - streetcars discontinued
1931-1941 - Mattoon City Bus Line
After 1941 - Mattoon Bus Line

Metropolis

After 1947 - Southern Illinois Transit Lines

Monmouth

After 1946 - Monmouth Transit Co.

Mount Carmel

Prior to 1948 - Southern Illinois Transit Lines
After 1948 - Arnold Bus Co.

Mount Vernon

After 1914 - City Railway of Mount Vernon
Streetcars discontinued
After 1923 - Southern Illinois Bus Line
Private bus co. in 1952 - Mount Vernon Transit Lines
Prior to 1993 - Jefferson County Transit

Oglesby

1924-1947 - Oglesby Motor Transportation Co.
After 1947 - La Salle-Peru City Lines

Olney

Private bus co. in 1952 - Olney Motor Coach Co.

Ottawa

1889-1899 - Ottawa Electric Street Railway Co.
1899-1903 - Ottawa Railway Light & Power Co.
1903-1910 - Northern Illinois Light & Traction Co.
1910-1913 - Chicago Ottawa & Peoria Railway Co. (Western Railways & Light Co.)
1913-1923 - Chicago Ottawa & Peoria Railway Co. (Illinois Traction Co.)
1923-1934 - Illinois Power & Light Co. (North American Light & Power Co.)
1934 - streetcars discontinued
1932-1945 - Valley Motor Bus Co.
After 1945 - Ottawa Safety Lines

Paris

1907-1911 - Paris Traction Co.
1911-1925 - Central Illinois Public Service Co. (Middle West Utilities Co.)
1925 - streetcars discontinued
Period of no transit service
After 1946 - Paris Transit Lines

Pontiac

1905-1925 - Bloomington Pontiac & Joliet Electric Railway Co.
1925 - streetcars discontinued
Private bus co. in 1952 - Chief City Lines

Princeton

1906-1910 - Northern Illinois Light & Traction Co.
1910-1913 - Chicago Ottawa & Peoria Railway Co. (Western Railways & Light Co.)
1913-1923 - Chicago Ottawa & Peoria Railway Co. (Illinois Traction Co.)
1923-1929 - Illinois Power & Light Co. (North American Light & Power Co.)
1929 - streetcars discontinued
Private bus co. in 1952 - Princeton Bus Co.

Savanna

Private bus co. in 1952 - Savanna City Bus

Sterling

1937-1946 - Twin City Motor Coach
After 1946 - Twin City Transit Lines

Streator

1891-1896 - Streator Railway Co.
1896-1898 - service suspended
1898-1905 - People's Light & Railway Co.
1905-1911 - Illinois Valley Gas & Electric Co.
1911-1912 - Public Service Co. of Northern Illinois.
1912 - streetcars discontinued
1922-1937 - Streator Yellow Bus Co.
After 1941 - Bellwood Transit Lines
Private bus co. in 1952 - Streator Transit Lines

Taylorville

Prior to 1912 - Taylorville Railway Light & Power Co.
1912-1913 - Central Illinois Public Service Co. (Middle West Utilities Co.)
1913 - streetcars discontinued
Period of no transit service
After 1942 - Taylorville Transit Co.

West Frankfort

After 1920 - Southern Illinois Bus Line
Private bus co. in 1952 - West Frankfort Bus Co.


The only history found for bus systems in some of these cities, is from the 1952 "Mass Transportation's Directory", identifying these bus systems in existence as of 1952. Some additional information on bus systems has been found from the "Opinions and Orders" of the Illinois Commerce Commission.


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