ST. LOUIS TRANSIT ROUTES

CONCISE HISTORY

The following is a general overview of the numbering system for local routes.

01-89 - mainly historically streetcar routes, and present local routes
90-99 - bus routes introduced by People's Motorbus Co.
100's - bus routes introduced by SLPS and predecessor St. Louis Bus
200's - routes acquired by SLPS from Ladue Local Lines on 3/13/49
500's - routes in Illinois (not covered at this page)
600's - routes acquired by Bi-State Transit from St. Louis County Transit (SLCT)
620's - routes acquired by Bi-State Transit from V-K Bus Lines
630's - routes acquired by Bi-State Transit from Ferguson-Broadway Bus Lines (FBB)
700's - routes in Illinois (not covered at this page)

List is divided into several sections. The first section lists former streetcar routes in numerical order, the second section lists local transit routes, and the third section lists express bus routes. And subsequent sections list former bus routes in the 100's 200's and 600's in numerical order. Prior to the 1963 takeover by Bi-State Transit, all city and certain suburban routes were operated by St. Louis Public Service Co. (SLPS), and earlier the United Railways Co. of St. Louis. While a few independent companies had operated many suburban routes. The second section uses four columns to list route numbers. Current route numbers are to the left, and historic numbers are at the center and right. The right column with "SC" are streetcar route numbers. Also listed are routes numbered in the 200's and 600's, which generally have since been reassigned two digit numbers.

Listed are the original streetcar and bus companies, along with dates when horse cars and electric streetcars were introduced. In many situations, the companies and dates refer to when the first segment of that route was created, with later extensions with electric streetcars introduced by successor companies. Most horse car routes operating west of downtown St. Louis did not operate west of Grand Avenue. And for many of the electric streetcar routes extended further west, along with the bus replacements, the routings east of Grand Avenue in the downtown area were changed over the years. As a result, many routes no longer operate over the same street street segments where the original horse car or original electric streetcar segments operated.

The earliest bus routes were numbered in the 100's. Prior to 1937, bus routes replacing streetcars were assigned new 100 series numbers. Subsequently, bus replacement routes were assigned the same numbers as the discontinued streetcar routes.

List includes only routes in Missouri. List does not include newer routes recently created by Bi-State Transit or Metro, many of them either express routes, shuttle routes, and feeder routes connecting with the Metrolink light rail line.

Route numbers were introduced in 1928. Route numbers below 10 originally included leading zeros.

Bus route numbers 91-99 were assigned effective 2/18/34 after SLPS acquired the People's Motorbus Co. (PMB). Beginning in 1923, PMB began operating bus routes in competition with the streetcars, sometimes operating further out than the ends of the streetcar routes. As it turned out, the streetcar system was under built. And after acquisition, it became practical for SLPS to continue to operate the buses as well as the streetcars. As the streetcars were eliminated, these bus route numbers were adopted for all remaining bus service. Original PMB route numbers are also indicated.

Streetcar routes 56, 67, 71, 80, and 82 were discontinued with no direct bus replacement.

Streetcar route 64 to St. Charles was shortened and combined with route 65 in 1932. Replacement bus service was operated by Red Line Service, which later became part of St. Louis County Transit (SLCT). The 1963 formation of Bi-State Transit also included the acquisition of SLCT, and this bus route was initially numbered 602 by Bi-State. And shortly afterward, this bus route was consolidated into bus route 65, later route 32, now route 35.

On 8/3/50, suburban routes 01, 57, and 58 were sold to St. Louis County Transit (SLCT). It is not clear how the successor to route 57 further evolved. The 1963 formation of Bi-State Transit also included the acquisition of SLCT.

In 1961, Ferguson-Broadway Bus Lines introduced express routes over the newly opened Mark Twain Expressway. These routes are identified by "MT".

Several routes were discontinued effective 3/30/2009, after voters failed to approve increased transit funding in the November 2008 election. Additional routes were discontinued, but were restored 8/3/2009 when additional federal money and emergency state money was made available. And in 2010, a new funding referendum was improved by voters.

Effective 3/14/2016 with the opening of the North County Transit Center, many routes were restructured, with new routes numbered in the 70's.


Streetcar  Route           Former    Horse  Electric    Buses       Notes
Numbers    Name            Company   Cars   Streetcars  Introduced

01  Kirkwood-Ferguson      StL&Sub.         1891     8/ 2/50  NOW 59
02  Florissant-Berkeley    StL&Sub.         1891     2/21/48
03  Midland                Midland          1893     6/29/30  NOW 94
04  Wydown                 FP&C             1890's   3/12/49  NOW  1
04  Clayton                FP&C             1890's   3/12/49  NOW 58
05  Creve Coeur Lake       Midland          1893     7/25/50
07  Spaulding              Lindell          1890's   6/ 7/30
10  Delmar                 Lindell          1889     4/19/64  NOW 97
11  University             Missouri         1890's   4/19/64  NOW  1
12  Maryland (Olive)       Missouri   1859  1901    12/28/48
13  Union                  StL&Sub.         1892     6/15/46  NOW 13
14  University-Clayton     SLPS             1934     2/ 3/63
15  Hodiamont              StL&Sub.   1875  1891     6/21/66  disc.  3/30/09
16  City Limits            StL&Sub.         1891     2/21/48  NOW 16
16  City Limits (Hanley)   StL&Sub.         1891     2/21/48  NOW 47
17  Page                   Lindell    1867  1889     5/24/47  NOW 94
18  Taylor                 Lindell          1894     6/15/46  NOW 18
20  Cherokee               StLRR            1894     1/14/39
21  Tower Grove            Southern   1878  1890    11/ 2/40
22  Jefferson (north)      Un. Depot  1882  1896    10/12/58  NOW  4
22  Jefferson (south)      Un. Depot  1882  1896    10/12/58  NOW 11
30  Soulard (Cass)         C&FG       1875  1890's   7/12/47  NOW 30
31  Natural Bridge         C&FG       1875  1891     8/ 1/36  NOW  4
40  Broadway (south)       StLRR      1859  1900     8/19/56  NOW 20
40  Broadway (Carondelet)  Southern   1875  1890     8/19/56  NOW 20
41  Lee                    Union      1865  1890's   7/ 6/46  NOW 41
41  Twentieth Street       B&B        1866  1894     7/ 6/46  NOW 41
42  Sarah                  StL&Sub.         1890's   6/15/46  NOW 42
43  Barracks               StLRR            1890's   3/ 6/32  NOW 48
44  Broadway-Chippewa      StLRR            1890's   2/10/49  NOW 11
50  Southampton            Un. Depot  1874  1890's   6/ 6/51  NOW 30
50  Lafayette              TG&L       1866  1890's   6/ 6/51
51  Market                 Missouri   1859  1891     8/10/32  NOW 59
52  Laclede                Missouri   1884  1890's   5/27/33
53  Maplewood              StL&Sub.         1890's   4/ 2/49  NOW 31
53  Chouteau (east)        Peoples    1859  1901     4/ 2/49  NOW 31
53  Chouteau (west)        Lindell          1889     4/ 2/49  NOW 31
54  Webster Groves         StL&Sub.         1890's   4/ 2/49
55  Clay-Adams             StL&Sub.         1890's   4/ 2/49
56  Osage Hills            StL&Sub.         1890's  10/ 8/33
57  Brentwood              StL&K            1893     1/29/49
64  St. Charles            StLStC&W         1904     1/17 32  NOW 35
65  Woodson                StLStC&W         1902    12/28/48  NOW 35
66  St. Peters             StLStC&W         1902     4/ 8/31  NOW 30
67  Bridgeton              StLStC&W         1902     8/15/31
70  Grand (north)          Citizens   1859  1895     1/ 3/60  NOW 70
70  Grand (central)        Peoples    1859  1895     1/ 3/60  NOW 70
70  Grand (south)          Un. Depot        1889     1/ 3/60  NOW 70
71  Fourteenth Street      Lindell          1889     3/15/30
72  Eighteenth Street      Mound C.   1874  1890     7/ 6/46
73  Carondelet             Southern         1890's   7/12/47  NOW 73
73  Florissant             Union      1865  1890's   7/12/47  NOW 74
80  Compton                Lindell          1890's  11/ 2/40
81  Park                   Lindell          1893     6/ 6/51  NOW 80
82  Fourth Street          Peoples    1859  1901     6/21/30
83  Thirty-Ninth Street    Lindell          1893     5/15/37

Route Numbers     Route                Former    Horse  Electric    Buses       Notes
Now   Former      Name                 Company   Cars   Streetcars  Introduced

  1     201 SC04  Gold  (Wydown)         FP&C             1890's   3/12/49
  1  11     SC11  Gold  (University)     Missouri         1890's   4/19/64
        113 SC02  Florissant-Berkeley    StL&Sub.         1891     2/21/48
  2  93           Red (Clayton)          PMB BUS 93               10/ 1/35
  2  17 605       Red (Brentwood)        Belt Bus                  9/  /30
  3     125       Forest Park Shuttle    SLPS BUS                  4/28/46
  4  22     SC22  Jefferson (north)      Un. Depot  1882  1896    10/12/58
  4     104 SC31  Natural Bridge         C&FG       1875  1891     8/ 1/36
     11     SC05  Creve Coeur Lake       Midland          1893     7/25/50
     11     SC07  Spaulding              Lindell          1890's   6/ 7/30
  8  99           Russell                PMB BUS 12                9/12/24
  8     106       Bates-Morganford       SLB BUS                   6/23/25
  8     107       Loughborough           SLB BUS                   4/ 5/25
  8     121       Holly Hills            SLPS BUS                  5/30/34
 10     105       Gravois                SLPS BUS                 12/ 8/31
 10  93           Lindell                PMB BUS  3                2/10/24
 11  22     SC22  Jefferson (south)      Un. Depot  1882  1896    10/12/58
 11     112 SC44  Chippewa               StLRR            1890's   2/10/49
     93     SC12  Maryland (Olive)       Missouri   1859  1901    12/28/48
 13  13     SC13  Union                  StL&Sub.         1892     6/15/46
     93     SC14  University-Clayton     SLPS             1934     2/ 3/63
 14               Botanical Garden       BI-STATE
     15     SC15  Hodiamont              StL&Sub.   1875  1891     6/21/66  disc.  3/30/09
 16  16     SC16  City Limits            StL&Sub.         1891     2/21/48
 16     104       Jennings               SLPS BUS                  3/31/39
 16  16           Jennings-Wellston      Revere                    1/  /24
 17               Maplewood-Oakville     BI-STATE
 18  18     SC18  Taylor                 Lindell          1894     6/15/46
 19     119       St. Louis Avenue       SLPS BUS                  8/ 2/36
 20  40     SC40  Broadway (south)       StLRR      1859  1900     8/19/56
 20  40     SC40  Broadway (Carondelet)  Southern   1875  1890     8/19/56
     20     SC20  Cherokee               StLRR            1894     1/14/39
     21     SC21  Tower Grove            Southern   1878  1890    11/ 2/40
 21     112       Watson                 SLPS BUS                 11/21/48
 30  30     SC30  Soulard (Cass)         C&FG       1875  1890's   7/12/47
 30  80     SC50  Southampton            Un. Depot  1874  1890's   6/ 6/51
 30 115     SC66  St. Peters             StLStC&W         1902     4/ 8/31
 30 103           Morganford-Arsenal     SLPS BUS                 10/16/31
 31  53     SC53  Maplewood              StL&Sub.         1890's   4/ 2/49
 31  53     SC53  Chouteau (east)        Peoples    1859  1901     4/ 2/49
 31  53     SC53  Chouteau (west)        Lindell          1889     4/ 2/49
 32  32     SC32  Wellston-M.L.King      Citizens   1859  1894     7/28/63
    101     SC33  Vandeventer            Lindell          1890     7/21/29
 33  32 601       Dorsett-Lackland       Red Line                   1930
    116     SC34  Marcus                 Citizens   1874  1894     6/ 7/30
 34               Earth City             BI-STATE
 35  32 602 SC64  St. Charles            StLStC&W         1904     1/17/32
 35  32     SC65  Rock Road              StLStC&W         1902    12/28/48
 37               Hanley-Graham          BI-STATE
 40  40     SC40  Broadway (Baden)       B&StL      1870  1900     8/19/56
 40  40     SC40  Broadway (north)       StLRR      1859  1900     8/19/56
 41  41     SC41  Lee                    Union      1865  1890's   7/ 6/46
 41  41     SC41  Twentieth Street       B&B        1866  1894     7/ 6/46
 42  42     SC42  Sarah                  StL&Sub.         1890's   6/15/46
 46               Tesson Ferry           BI-STATE
 47     301       North Hanley (south)   BI-STATE
 47  16     SC16  North Hanley (north)   StL&Sub.         1891     2/21/48
 48               South Lindbergh        BI-STATE
 48     114 SC43  Barracks               StLRR            1890's   3/ 6/32
 49               North Lindbergh        BI-STATE
     99     SC50  Lafayette              TG&L       1866  1890's   6/ 6/51
     52     SC52  Laclede                Missouri   1884  1890's   5/27/33
     54     SC54  Webster Groves         StL&Sub.         1890's   4/ 2/49
 56  56     SC55  Clay-Adams             StL&Sub.         1890's   4/ 2/49
            SC56  Osage Hills            StL&Sub.         1890's  10/ 8/33
 56  53     SC53  Kirkwood-Webster       SC 53
     52     SC57  Brentwood              StL&K            1893     1/29/49
 57  57 604       Maplewood-Kirkwood     unknown bus
 57  57 608       Kirkwood-Wildwood      MBB                      11/  /23
 58     201 SC04  Clayton-Ballas         FP&C             1890's   3/12/49
 59  52     SC51  Dogtown (Forest Park)  Missouri   1859  1891     8/10/32
 59     612 SC01  Dogtown (Brentwood)    StL&Sub.         1891     8/ 2/50
     60 603       Midland                SLPS BUS 58               1/30/49  disc.  3/30/09
 61  61 631       Chambers Road          FBB                        1930
 61  61 635       Riverview              BBL                        1920's
     63 613       Clayton-N.W. Plaza     SLCT                      3/23/53  disc.
 64     614       Lucas Hunt             SLCB                       1940's
 64     122       Bermuda                SLPS BUS                 12/17/50
        606       Maplewood-Clayton      SSL                       7/  /34
 66     606       Clayton-Airport        SLCB                      8/  /42
         67       Bridgeton              StLStC&W         1902     8/15/31
 68     608       Big Bend               Kirkwood                   1933
 70  70     SC70  Grand (north)          Citizens   1859  1895     1/ 3/60
 70  70     SC70  Grand (central)        Peoples    1859  1895     1/ 3/60
 70  70     SC70  Grand (south)          Un. Depot        1889     1/ 3/60
            SC71  Fourteenth Street      Lindell          1889     3/15/30
 71  41           Parker                 BI-STATE
 72  41           Monarch                BI-STATE
     80     SC72  Eighteenth Street      Mound C.   1874  1890     7/ 6/46
 73  73     SC73  Carondelet             Southern         1890's   7/12/47
 73 109           Lemay Ferry            SLB BUS                   3/ 3/26
 73 109 621       South County Center    V-K                       unknown
 74  74     SC73  Florissant             Union      1865  1890's   7/12/47
 74  74 633       Ferguson               FBB                        1930
 76  74           Waterford              BI-STATE
 77  74 632       Lindbergh              SLCB                       1936
 77  74 633       McDonnell              FBB                        1950's
     75           Lilac-Hanley           BI-STATE                           disc.  3/14/16
 78  36 636       Larimore               BBL                       1/  /23
 79  36 636       Ferguson               BBL                       1/  /23
            SC80  Compton                Lindell          1890's  11/ 2/40
 80  99           Shaw                   PMB BUS 12                9/12/24
 80  80     SC81  Park                   Lindell          1893     6/ 6/51
            SC82  Fourth Street          Peoples    1859  1901     6/21/30
     83     SC83  Thirty-Ninth Street    Lindell          1893     5/15/37
 90  90           Hampton                SLPS BUS                  4/ 1/40
 90     117       Goodfellow             SLPS BUS                  7/18/34
 90     102       Jennings               SLB BUS                   1/ 3/25
 91  91           Olive                  PMB BUS  1                5/29/23
 91  91 609       Creve Coeur            CCB                        1930
     92           Lindenwood             PMB BUS 12                9/12/24  disc.  3/30/09
 94  94           Page                   PMB BUS 11               11/16/24
 94     110 SC03  Midland                Midland          1893     6/29/30
     94     SC17  Page                   Lindell    1867  1889     5/24/47
 95  95           Kingshighway           PMB BUS  5               10/ 5/24
     96           Walnut Park            PMB BUS 15               11/30/24
 97  91     SC10  Delmar                 Lindell          1889     4/19/64
 97  91           Delmar                 PMB BUS 51               10/ 6/24
     98           McCausland             PMB BUS 18               11/30/24
 98               Chesterfield Hanley    BI-STATE
 99               Downtown Circulator    BI-STATE
110  20 610       Affton (Fenton)        Finot                     5/  /23
110  20 611       Affton (Heege)         SLCB                      8/  /42

Route Numbers           Route                      Former    Buses       Notes
Now   Former            Name                       Company   Introduced

       10X        105X  South Grand Express        SLPS BUS   2/ 2/53  disc.  3/30/09
       11X         53X  Shrewsbury Express         SLPS BUS   5/14/62  disc.  3/30/09
       20X   20X        South Side Express         BI-STATE            disc.
       30R   30R        Jennings Rapid             SLPS BUS   7/31/61  disc.
       32X   32X        St. Charles Express        BI-STATE            disc.
       33X              Dorsett Lackland Express   BI-STATE            disc.
       36X              Bissell Hills Express      BI-STATE            disc.  3/14/16
 40X  273R              I-55 Mehlville Express     BI-STATE
       40R   40R   40X  Bissell Hills Rapid        SLPS BUS  11/28/55  disc.
             41R   41X  Northside Express          SLPS BUS   2/ 2/53  disc.
       43R              New Halls Ferry Rapid      BI-STATE            disc.
                   51X  Ladue                      SLPS BUS   8/24/59  disc.
       52X   52X   52X  Brentwood Express          SLPS BUS   5/ 4/51  disc.
       55X              Kirkwood Express           BI-STATE            disc.
       56X   56X        Manchester Road Express    BI-STATE            disc.
       57R              Greenbriar Rapid           BI-STATE            disc.
 57X                    Clayton Road Express       BI-STATE
 58X                    Twin Oaks Express          BI-STATE
             66X        Ladue Road Shuttle         BI-STATE            disc.  3/30/09
       69R              Ellisville-Ballwin Rapid   BI-STATE            disc.
       73X   73X   73X  Lemay Express              SLPS BUS  11/21/55  disc.
                   74X  Riverview                  SLPS BUS   6/18/56  disc.
      274R   75R  MT3   Paddock Hills Rapid                            disc.
       80X   80X   80X  Southampton Express        SLPS BUS   6/ 7/56  disc.
       91X   91X   91X  Delmar Express             SLPS BUS  11/12/45  disc.
                   92X  St. Louis Hills Express    SLPS BUS  11/12/45  disc.
       93X   93X   93X  Lindell Express            SLPS BUS  10/16/44  disc.
       94X              Page Express               BI-STATE            disc.
      104X  104X  104X  Natural Bridge Express     SLPS BUS  11/12/45  disc.
      105X              South Grand Express
      120X   20X   55X  Affton                     SLPS BUS  11/12/45  disc.
      112X  112X        Shrewsbury Express         BI-STATE            disc.
      140X  140X   38X  Broadway-Barracks Express  SLPS BUS   8/20/56  disc.
      152X  152X        Clayton Road Express       BI-STATE            disc.
      157X         54X  Manchester Express         SLPS BUS   5/ 1/50  disc.
      173R              Tesson Ferry Rapid         BI-STATE            disc.
174X                    Halls Ferry Express        BI-STATE
      191X              Olive-Creve Coeur Express  BI-STATE            disc.
      194   132R   94X  Ashby Rapid (Page)         SLPS BUS   2/ 4/46  disc. 2010
            204R  MT3   Ferguson Rapid                                 disc.
210                     Fenton Gravois Bluffs      BI-STATE
      212R              Yorkshire Rapid            BI-STATE            disc.
      220X  220X        Watson Road Express        BI-STATE            disc.
      240R              Oakville Rapid                                 disc.
       74R  254R  MT2   Berkeley Rapid                                 disc.
258                     Clayton Chesterfield       BI-STATE
      269R              Ellisville-Clayton Rapid   BI-STATE            disc.
       16R  294R        Ramona Rapid               SLPS BUS   7/31/61  disc.
      294X              Westport Express           BI-STATE            disc.
      320R              Sunset Hills Rapid         BI-STATE            disc.
      369R              Twin Oaks Rapid            BI-STATE            disc.
410X  420R              Eureka Express             BI-STATE
      608X  608X        Big Bend Express           BI-STATE            disc.
      174R  632R  MT1   Florissant Rapid                               disc.
      635R  635R        Riverview Gardens Rapid    BI-STATE   7/29/63  disc.

Route Numbers  Route             Former    Horse  Electric    Buses       Notes
Now   Former   Name              Company   Cars   Streetcars  Introduced

103 SC??  Biddle-Market          NC         1885  1890's   6/18/30  disc.  7/12/30
104 SC31  Natural Bridge         C&FG       1875  1891     8/ 1/36  NOW  4
104       Jennings               SLPS BUS                  3/31/39  NOW 16
105       Gravois                SLPS BUS                 12/ 8/31  NOW 10
106       Bates-Morganford       SLB BUS                   6/23/25  NOW  8
107       Loughborough           SLB BUS                   4/ 5/25  NOW  8
108       Salisbury              SLB BUS                  11/22/25  disc.
110 SC03  Midland                Midland          1893     6/29/30  NOW 94
111       Watson                 SLB BUS                   3/20/27  disc.  3/ 1/37
111       Etzel                  SLB BUS                   9/ 1/40  disc.  7/ 9/50
112       Kingshighway           SLB BUS                   4/ 9/28  disc. 11/ 7/31
112       Watson                 SLPS BUS                 11/21/48  NOW 21
112 SC44  Chippewa               StLRR            1890's   2/10/49  NOW 11
113       South Grand            SLB BUS                   5/ 3/28  disc.  3/13/33
113 SC02  Florissant-Berkeley    StL&Sub.         1891     2/21/48  disc.
114       Maplewood-Richmond H.  SLB BUS                   5/29/28  disc.  7/29/29
114 SC43  Barracks               StLRR            1890's   3/ 6/32  NOW 48
117       Goodfellow             SLPS BUS                  7/18/34  NOW 90
118       Mackenzie-Shrewsbury   SLPS BUS                  6/17/51  disc.
119       St. Louis Avenue       SLPS BUS                  8/ 2/36  NOW 19
120       Delor                  SLPS BUS                  8/ 9/30  disc.
121       Holly Hills            SLPS BUS                  5/30/34  NOW  8
122       Airport                SLPS BUS                  2/11/46  disc.  7/ 9/50
122       Bermuda                SLPS BUS                 12/17/50  NOW 64
123       N-S Downtown Loop      SLPS BUS                  3/18/46  disc.  2/ 1/58
124       E-W Downtown Loop      SLPS BUS                  4/18/46  disc.
125       Forest Park Shuttle    SLPS BUS                  4/28/46  NOW  3
126       12th Street            SLPS BUS                  6/17/46  disc.
127       Ferguson-Wellston      SLPS BUS                  8/18/47  disc.  2/22/48
127       Riverview              SLPS BUS                  7/13/51  disc.
129       Famous-Barr            SLPS BUS                  6/ 1/49  disc. 10/14/62
201       Litzsinger             LLL                       unknown  disc.
202       Clayton-Conway         LLL                       unknown  disc.
203       Ladue Rd.              LLL                       unknown  disc.

Route Numbers  Route             Former    Horse  Electric    Buses       Notes
Now   Former   Name              Company   Cars   Streetcars  Introduced

601       Dorsett-Lackland       Red Line                   1930    NOW 33
602 SC64  St. Charles            StLStC&W         1904     1/17/32  NOW 35
603       Midland                SLPS BUS 58               1/30/49  disc.  3/30/09
604       Maplewood-Kirkwood     unknown bus                        NOW 57
605       Red (Brentwood)        Belt Bus                  9/  /30  NOW  2
606       Maplewood-Clayton      SSL                       7/  /34  disc.
606       Clayton-Airport        SLCB                      8/  /42  NOW 66
607       Wellston-Maplewood     MMB                       1920's   disc.
608       Kirkwood-Wildwood      MBB                      11/  /23  NOW 57
608       Big Bend               Kirkwood                   1933    NOW 68
609       Creve Coeur            CCB                        1930    NOW 91
610       Affton (Fenton)        Finot                     5/  /23  NOW110
611       Affton (Heege)         SLCB                      8/  /42  NOW110
612 SC01  Dogtown (Brentwood)    StL&Sub.         1891     8/ 2/50  NOW 59
613       Clayton-N.W. Plaza     SLCT                      3/23/53  disc.
614       Lucas Hunt             SLCB                       1940's  NOW 64
621       South County Center    V-K                       unknown  NOW 73
631       Chambers Road          FBB                        1930    NOW 61
632       Berkeley-Florissant    SLCB                       1936    NOW 39
632       Lindbergh              SLCB                       1936    NOW 77
633       Ferguson               FBB                        1930    NOW 74
633       Hazelwood              FBB                        1950's  NOW 38
633       McDonnell              FBB                        1950's  NOW 77
634       Ferguson Local         FBB                        1940's   disc.
635       Riverview              BBL                        1920's  NOW 61
636       Larimore               BBL                       1/  /23  NOW 78
636       Ferguson               BBL                       1/  /23  NOW 79
638       Hathaway Manor         FBB                       1960's   disc.


Original Streetcar Companies

B&StL - Baden & St. Louis Railroad
B&B - Benton & Belfontaine Railroad
Citizens - Citizens Railway
C&FG - Cass Avenue & Fairgrounds Railroad
FP&C - Forest Park & Clayton
Lindell - Lindell Railway
Midland - Midland Street Railway
Missouri - Missouri Railroad
NC - Northern Central Railway
Peoples - People's Railway Co.
StL&K - St. Louis & Kirkwood Railway
StL&Sub. - St. Louis & Suburban Railway
StLRR - St. Louis Railroad
StLStC&W - St. Louis St. Charles & Western Railroad
SLPS - St. Louis Public Service Co.
Southern - Southern Electric Railway
TG&L - Tower Grove & Lafayette Railway Co.
Union - Union Railroad
Un. Depot - Union Depot Railroad

Streetcar Company History

How the various streetcar companies in St. Louis were consolidated into a single company.


Previous Bus Companies

SLB - St. Louis Bus (subsidiary of SLPS)
SLPS - St. Louis Public Service Co.
PMB - People's Motorbus Co. (acquired in 1933 by SLPS)
BBL - Bellefontaine Bus Line (acquired in 1932 by SSB)
Belt Bus - Belt Bus Line (acquired in 1939 by SLCB)
CCB - Creve Coeur Bus Co. (acquired in 1944 by SLCB)
Finot - Finot Bus Lines (acquired in 1943 by SLCB)
FBB - Ferguson-Broadway Bus Lines (acquired in 1963 by Bi-State Transit)
FWB - Ferguson-Wellston Bus Co. (reorganized 1939 as SLCB)
Kirkwood - Kirkwood Bus Service (acquired in 1938 by SLCB)
LLL - Ladue Local Lines (acquired in 1949 by SLPS)
MBB - Maplewood Ballwin Bus Line (acquired in 1940's by SLCB)
MMB - Midland Motor Bus Co. (acquired in 1944 by SLCB)
Red Line - Red Line Service (acquired in 1931 by FWB)
Revere - Revere Transit Co. (acquired in 1937 by SLCB)
SLCB - St. Louis County Bus Co. (renamed in 1946 to SLCT)
SLCT - St. Louis County Transit Co. (acquired in 1963 by Bi-State Transit)
SSL - Shrewsbury Service Line (acquired in 1939 by SLCB)
SSB - Suburban Service Bus Co. (acquired in 1958 by FBB)
V-K - V-K Bus Lines (acquired in 1963 by Bi-State Transit)

The Finot Bus Lines route on Gravois Ave. was operated by Suburban Service Bus Co. for a period of time. But that route, south of St. Louis, was too remote from the rest of the Suburban Service Bus Co. routes north of St. Louis. So in 1943, that route was sold to St. Louis County Bus Co., which had a greater presence south of St. Louis.

St. Louis County Transit operated as far north as Florissant until 1950, when that segment was sold to Ferguson-Broadway Bus Lines.

The public takeover of transit in the St. Louis area involved Bi-State Transit acquiring the St. Louis Public Service Co., along with the St. Louis County Transit Co., Ferguson-Broadway Bus Lines, V-K Bus Lines, and several companies in Illinois not covered at this page.


Cable Car Routes

All cable car lines replaced horse car lines, except for the route on Locust, which later evolved into part of the Hodiamont streetcar route. Route numbers refer to the streetcar route numbers, which were not used until 1928.


Route No.  Street  Company   Period Of Cable Car Operation

  40   Broadway (N)  StLRR     1890 to 1900
  40   Broadway (S)  StLRR     1891 to 1900
  53   Chouteau      Peoples   1890 to 1901
  32   Franklin      Citizens  1888 to 1894
  15   Locust        StLC&W    1886 to 1891
  12   Olive         Missouri  1888 to 1901


ADDITIONAL PRIVATE SUBURBAN COMPANIES IN 1952

The 1952 "Mass Transportation's Directory" provides an interesting "snapshot", of what obscure bus companies had coexisted with the main transit providers.


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