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Above right: an original photo of a City Rapid Transit Co. driver from Newark, Ohio taken on Dec. 10, 1940. Photo courtesy of kygelberhund.

BUS COMPANIES BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER “M”

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M. V. TRANSPORTATION COMPANY / / MEDI-VAN TRANSPORTATION COMPANY / M. V. TRANSPORTATION, INC. This company began with Alex and Feysan Lodde’s “determination to help their community’s most vulnerable citizens. In 1975, realizing the limited transportation options for the elderly and people with disabilities, the Loddes began providing transportation services throughout San Francisco—at that time one of the least accessible cities in the U.S.” The company was incorporated in the State of California as MediVan Transportation Company in 1978. In 1990 the name was changed to MV Transportation, Inc. Today the corporation is the largest privately held and domestically owned transportation management company in the United States. With its corporate headquarters based in Dallas, Texas and satellite support centers located in Vacaville, California and Elk Horn, Iowa, MV operates more than 200 locations across North America. In addition to operations in 29 of the United States and the District of Columbia, MV has operations in three Canadian Provinces. The badges are metal, with a single threaded post and measure approx. 1½” in length.

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Photos used by permission of eBay member bastianbros-whiteheadhoag.
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Photos used by permission of eBay member pennfm33.

McALESTER CITY LINES In 1946 this company was serving McAlester, Savanna, Naval Ammunition Depot, Haywood, Blocker, Featherston, Quinton, Kinta, Stigler, Lequire, McCurrtain, Bokoshe and Spiro.  The company ran 16 buses over 156 route miles.

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McALISTER BUS LINES was operating out of Springfield, Missouri in the early 1940s.

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McCLAIN TRANSIT COMPANY was running a bus service in Muncie, Indiana in 1925.

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McCOMB CITY LINES operated a local and an intercity company out of McComb, Mississippi in the 1940s. In 1954 it operated 7 buses over 80 route miles. It was owned by Karey Andrews and W. I. Stones, who also owned and operated Arrow Bus Lines, which was an intercity company running a route between McComb and Hattiesburg.

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McCONNHA STAGE LINE was operating in the San Francisco Bay, California area in 1922.

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McDONALD BUS CO. was operating in Youngstown, Ohio in the 1940s. The badge is made of nickel and measures approx. 1 ¾” x 1 ⅜”.

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Photo used by permission of kygelberhund.

McDOWELL-LAFFERTY LINES began business after owners Frank and Maxine McDowell bought Lafferty Stage Lines in January 1969. They ran a charter bus service, and some regular service around Port Townsend, Washington, notably to the local paper mill. The company was sold to Elmer and Sandra Stevens in 1972 who renamed the company Stevens Stage Lines.

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McGREGOR’S BUS LINES was operating in the 1940s from St. Ignace to Manistique, Michigan. The company was sold to Northland Greyhound Lines in 1944.

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A. MACHOMICH STAGE LINE was operating in the late 1920s out of Blairsden, California.

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MACK BROTHERS TRANSPORTATION COMPANY was a one time small local Long Island, New York operator. In the 1930s it served the south shore communities of Baldwin and Baldwin Harbor with both transit and school contracts.

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MACKENZIE COACH LINES, INC. / MACKENZIE TRAILWAYS Jon Hobijn gives some background on the founding of this company: “In December 1920, Howard P. MacKenzie, a native of Nova Scotia, moved to the Boston area looking for work. In order for him to spend his summer vacation with his family back home, his employer gave him a month’s vacation with pay. Other Nova Scotians living in the Boston area heard he was driving home, called to inquire if they could go with him, offering to pay a part of the trip’s cost. After several years of doing this, the idea for a bus line, his own business, occurred to him. is first regular trip from Boston to Sydney, Nova Scotia, 895 miles, was August 18, 1934, using a 1931, seven passenger Cadillac car. Two passengers accompanied him on his trip. The route was Boston, Portland, Bangor, St. Stephen, St. John, Moncton, and Truro to Sydney.” In 1935 MacKenzie applied to the Interstate Commerce Commission and received a certificate to operate. The name of his company was MacKenzie Coach Lines, which was incorporated in Massachusetts on December 20, 1937. In 1938 the company joined the National Trailways Bus System as MacKenzie Trailways; however, their membership was short lived due to the fact that it showed little if any profit. In 1948 the company was sold to brothers Israel and Joseph Winner of Lewiston, Maine, who operated Union Square Stages, Inc., and The White Line, a suburban line service in Lewiston. In 1951 the company became embroiled in a lawsuit with S. M. T. Eastern Limited, which was ultimately settled in the Supreme Court of Canada in favor of MacKenzie Coach Lines, Inc. S. M. T. Eastern, Ltd. took the matter higher and appealed to the Privy Council in London, England. The legal cost involved forced the Winner brothers to sell their company to Maine Central Transport Company, Inc. (For more detailed info, see Jon Hobijn Installment Thirty Two: MacKenzie Trailways.)

 

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MACKINAC MOTOR BUS COMPANY, INC. was operating in the 1930s. In 1939 Seth McGregor was the manager. The company ran as an intercity operation serving Saulte Ste. Marie, St. Ignace, Michigan along US 2, via Rudyard. It is not listed in the 1946 MTD.

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McMAHON TRANSPORTATION COMPANY, INC. This intercity bus company was incorporated in 1916 in Maryland and was originally running out of Baltimore. In 1926 it operated between Baltimore, Maryland and Hanover, Pennsylvania. In 1957 the company was operating 36 over 309 route miles. According to several internet sites the company is still operational as a charter bus service. The badge appears to be made of nickel, or nickel-plated brass. 

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Photo used by permission of eBay member low.

McMAKIN MOTOR COACH / McMAKIN MOTOR COACHES, INC. was founded in the 1930s by Charles C. McMakin in Lubbock, Texas. The company served Clovis, Earth, Plainview, Vernon and Lubbock, Texas. In 1937 McMakin bought out Red Star Coaches, Inc., and folded it’s service into McMakin Motor Coaches, which was thereafter known as McMakin Motor Coaches, Inc. At some point McMakin joined the National Trailways Bus System as McMakin Trailways. By 1938 McMakin had bought out South Plains Motor Coaches, Inc. and was running both companies. That merger would lead to the founding of Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma Coaches, Inc. (TNM&O) in 1939. That year the Russell’s Guide listed McMakin Motor Coaches, Inc. and TNM&O Coaches, Inc., as one and the same company. Interestingly, Charles McMakin isn’t mentioned in the company’s operations, while C. M. Owens, who was the former general manager of Red Star Coaches, Inc., which Charles C. McMakin had bought out in 1937, was listed as the traffic manager for TNM&O Coaches. The badge is a pin back. (ALSO SEE McMAKIN TRAILWAYS.)

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A part of a 1938 magazine ad, which featured a letter by Charles C. MaMakin along with his photo and a McMakin Trailways bus. 

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A. McMILLEN’S BUS LINE was operating in the 1930s in Appleton, Minnesota. Not much info other than it is mentioned in the Atwood-Coffee Catalogue.

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McMINNVILLE-INDEPENDENCE LINE was operating a 26-mile route between McMinnville and Independence, Oregon in 1923.

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McPHERSON BUS LINE ran out of Elizabeth City, North Carolina in the mid 1920s. It served Elizabeth City to State Line, destination Norfolk, Va., Highways Nos. 34 and 341; Elizabeth City to Edenton, Highway 342; Elizabeth City to State Line, destination Norfolk, Va., Highway No. 34 via Camden, Belcross, Gregory, Shawboro, Snowden and Moyock.

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McVEY STAGE LINES was operating in the San Francisco Bay, California area in 1922.

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MADDEN’S STAGE LINE was operating in the mid 1920s out of Blocksburg, California. J.A. Madden was the registered contact.

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MADERA-RAYMOND-WAWONA STAGE was operating in the mid 1920s out of Raymond, California. T.J. Cronin was the registered contact.

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MADERA-SUGAR PINE STAGE COMPANY was operating out of Madera, California in the mid 1920s. F. Snyder and G. L. Hereford were the owners.

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MADERA-YOSEMITE BIG TREES AUTO COMPANY, INC. was operating out of the mid 1920s out of Miami Lodge, California. Edward T. Huffman was th president and manager.

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MADISON AVENUE COACH COMPANY, INC. was a bus operator in New York CitY, from 1933-1951, operating a bus service over the former New-York and Harlaem Rail-Road streetcar line after streetcar service was abandoned in 1935. It was controlled by the New York Railways Company from 1933 to 1936, when control was taken over by New York City Omnibus Corporation.

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MADISON BUS COMPANY, INC. was operating out of Marshall, North Carolina in the mid 1920s. It ran from Asheville to Marshall via Weaverville and Mars Hill.

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MADISON-COLUMBUS BUS LINE ran out of Madison, Indiana in the early 1920s, and managed by Robert Bailey. In March 1926 the company petitioned the public service commission of Indiana asking they be allowed to reduce their fares. (Presumably, in an effort to compete with their business rivals.) The May 28, 1926 edition of The Republic from Columbus, Indiana noted the company’s demise: “Indianapolis, May 28. The public service commission has authorized sale of the Madison-Columbus bus line permit to operate buses to Cyral D. Pratt for $1.” In July 1926 the public service commission canceled the certificate of Madison-Columbus Bus Line, which was due to the company having ceased operations.

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MAGNOLIA-BOULEVARD BUS LINE was operated by N. McDonald in the mid 1920s out of Burbank, California.

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MAINE CENTRAL TRANSPORTATION COMPANY / SamOse COMPANY The SamOse Company was formed in Maine in 1925 as a bus subsidiary of Maine Central Railroad Company. Late in 1931 Maine Central Railroad Company issued this statement: “January 1, 1932: effective this date all motor coach and truck operations by the Maine Central Railroad Company will be conducted by the Maine Central Transportation Company. These operations, which had been conducted by the SamOset Company, have grown to such an extent that it is desirable to operate this service by a separate company devoted exclusively to highway motor transportation. Accordingly the name of the Kineo Company, a wholly owned subsidiary previously inactive, was changed to Maine Central Transportation Company with appropriate change in certificate of purposes filed with the Secretary of State.” In 1942 the company served Bagor to Bucksport, Maine. E. D. Westcott was the general manager. In 1946 the company operated 58 buses over 1,000 route miles. In the early 1950s the company bought out MacKenzie Coach Lines, Inc. It joined the National Trailways Bus System in 1952, and remained until 1955 when the company was taken over by Greyhound Lines. On April 8, 1955, Greyhound Lines acquired all the capital stock of Maine Central Transportation Co., Inc. and created a new division known as Maine Greyhound Lines, Inc. However, Greyhound continued to operate buses under the Maine Central Transportation Company name, which, in 1956, was cited as the largest intrastate operator in Maine.

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MAINE–LAND STAGES, INC. was operating out of Lewiston, Maine in the mid 1930s. There’s almost nothing else known of the company. It’s mentioned in a Massachusetts state record from 1935, which might indicate it was an interstate operation; it is metioned in a July 1935 newspaper report involving a pedestrian and a Maine Land Stages bus; and finally a Supreme Judicial Court of Maine case dated July 17, 1935. The badge measures approx. 2¼” x 1¾”, is made of gilt brass, has one threaded post and one pin post.

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Photos courtesy of Flying Tiger Antiques. (See a link to their site in our Links section.)

MALDEN BUS LINES See Service Bus Lines, Inc.


MABSTOA / MANHATTAN & BRONX SURFACE TRANSIT OPERATING AUTHORITY is a subsidiary of the New York City Transit Authority, created in 1962 to take over bus services for the bankrupt Fifth Avenue Coach Company and Surface Transit, Inc. The Chairman and Members of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, by statute, also serve as the Chairman and Members of the Transit Authority, and serve as the Directors of the Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority.

The first badge dates from the 1960s, and is made of nickel-plated brass with one threaded post. It is marked on the back. The second badge is one of the most common transit badges to be found; it is die pressed with a single threaded post. (Also see Operating Authority / OA for an additional badge style.)

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Photos courtesy of eBay member nisa1609. As of 4/26/19 this badge is listed on eBay for a “buy it now” price.
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Photos used by permission of eBay member bessiebug05.

MANHATTAN – PLUM BEACH AUTO STAGE, INC. was a bus operator in Brooklyn, New York. In April, 1919 the company started a bus route in the Sheepshead Bay area, which ultimately became part of the current B1 line of the New York City Transit Authority in New York. (Note: the company is often cited as Plum Beach Auto Stage, leaving off “Manhattan” in the title.) The company was still running in the 1920s.

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MANHATTAN & QUEENS BUS CORPORATION  Received its franchise on December 30, 1936 to operate routes in the Boroughs of Manhattan and Queens in New York City. Its routes were passed to Green Bus Lines in 1943. (See Manhattan & Queens Traction Company.)

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MANHATTAN & QUEENS TRACTION COMPANY From Metro Wiki: “The Manhattan and Queens Traction Company was an operator of streetcars across the Queensboro Bridge from Manhattan to Queens. It had one route, the Queens Boulevard Line from midtown Manhattan to South Jamaica in Queens. It operated over Queens Boulevard and Sutphin Boulevard. The route was abandoned April 17, 1937 and replacement bus service was operated under the route number Q60 by Manhattan & Queens Bus Corporation, passing to Green Bus Lines in 1943.”

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MANHATTAN TRANSIT COMPANY was incorporated in 1902 and is the successor of the General Carriage Company. It had a perpetual franchise for running “electric and other vehicles in the streets of Greater New York and all other cities in this state.” (Electrical Review New York July 7 to December 29, 1906.) It operated bus lines between New York city and New Jersey. The company’s primary lines ran along Route 46 and Washington Avenue between midtown Manhattan and Wayne, New Jersey. In 1956 the company was headquartered in East Patterson, New Jersey and had 65 buses running over 45 route miles. It controlled the Westwood Transportation Lines, Inc. I’m not sure of its status. The badge is die-pressed, nickel-plated metal with one threaded post.

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MANSFIELD BUS LINES, INC. was a city bus lines that ran in Mansfield, Ohio. It took over operations from Mansfield Rapid Transit, Inc. in 1962 and ran until 1972. The badge measures 1 ½” x 2″.

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MAPLE CREEK-KORBEL STAGE was operating out Korbel, California. P.H. Peterson was the registered contact.

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MAPLE HEIGHTS TRANSIT (Ohio) municipal bus system began operations in 1935, with a route to downtown Cleveland and another route connecting with Shaker Heights Rapid Transit. Operationally still separate from Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority.

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MARION-FT. WAYNE MOTOR COACH COMPANY ran in the mid 1920s from Marion to Anderson, Indiana.

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MARION MOTOR BUS CORPORATION was operating in the early 1920s out of Marion, Indiana. The April 12, 1925 edition of the Huntington Press from Huntington, Indiana reported that the company’s “Golden Star” line running between Fort Wayne and Indianapolis had been combined with a route of the Hoosier Stage Line of Indianapolis. The joint venture saw the companies ordering new buses: “Several new cars will be. added which will be equipped with all the latest ‘ safety devices, including Westinghouse air cushion shock absorbers. The company also emphasizes the fact that every passenger who rides on the cars is adequately insured.

The July 18, 1925 edition of the Indianapolis Star from Indianapolis, Indiana announced the next phase of the company’s history: “MARION, Ind., July 17. Announcement is made in this city that the Fort Wayne division of the Marion Motor Bus Corporation and the Hoosier Stage lines, incorporated, of Indianapolis, have been consolidated, making a direct through service between Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, through Marion. The through service will be inaugurated Sunday morning, when seven new motor parlor cars will be placed in operation. It is said the Hoosier Stage lines will direct the operation of the Indianapolis, Marlon & Fort Wayne lines, and the name, it is said, will be changed to the ‘White Swan’ lines.” Since

In the September 18, 1925 edition of the Alexandria Times-Tribune from Alexandria, Indiana carried an ad for the new service: “White Swan-Stands for Service Comfort, low rates. Quick service and absolute safety are yours when you ride in the new parlor cars of the White Swan lines. The finest bus line in the country, operated by a company with moral and financial responsibility. To Indianapolis – $1.20 One Way $1.85 Round Trip To Fort Wayne $2.10 One Way. HOOSIER STAGE LINES INC.

The ultimate fate of the company was announced in the March 1926 edition of the Electric Railway Journal: “Union Traction Company of Indiana, Anderson, Ind., has been granted the petition recently made by Arthur W. Brady, receiver for the company, for authority to buy bus equipment of the Hoosier State Lines at a price of approximately $135,000. The petition was granted by the judge of the Circuit Court at Anderson, where receivership proceedings had originally been brought. There are at present sixteen buses on the Hoosier Lines and it is expected that additional equipment will be purchased from Mack Trucks, Inc. Mr. Brady stated that leases on bus stations used by the Hoosier Stage will be sought, and that several other details will require attention before the final transfer of the bus equipment is made.”

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MARIPOSA AUTO STAGE COMPANY was operating in the mid 1920s out of Mariposa, California.

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MARIPOSA-BAGBY AUTO LINE was operating in the mid 1920s out of Mariposa, California. S.L. James was the registered contact.

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MARIPOSA-JERSEYDALE AUTO STAGE COMPANY was operating in the mid 1920s out of Mariposa, California. John Leonard was the registered contact.

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MARKE BUS COMPANY, INC. ran from Maywood to Paterson, New Jersey in 1922.

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MARKET ST. RY. CO. Market Street Railway Company was issued to employees of San Francisco’s cable car and streetcar company in ca. 1892-1902. The badge was made by “MOISE – K.S.F.”.

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MARKLEEVILLE-FREDERICKSBURG STAGE LINE was operating in the mid 1920s out of Markleeville, California. Seth Bergevin and George W. Koenig were the registered contacts.

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MARQUETTE BUS SERVICE is a privately owned business incorporated in 1970 in Marquette, Michigan. It operated a local city service and an intercity service between Marquette and Negaunee and Ishpeming. With the company facing financial difficulties, on June 25, 1973 the city of Marquette created the Marquette Transit Authority to take over the operation. The company is still in service.

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MARQUETTE TRANSIT LINES succeeded the Marquette City Railway Company in 1935 after the latter company stopped running streetcars in Marquette, Michigan. It was owned by Lee H. Duer, who, in 1946, was running 5 buses in the city. By 1954 this company was out of business.

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MARTINEZ-BAY POINT STAGE COMPANY was operating in the mid 1920s out of Oakland, California. H.J. Southerland was president.

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MARTINEZ – CONCORD AUTOMOBILE STAGE LINE / MARTINEZ – CONCORD STAGE LINE / R. MILLER STAGE LINE was operating in the mid 1920s out of Martinez, California. R. Miller was the owner.

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MARTZ LINES / FRANK MARTZ COACH COMPANY, INC. / MARTZ TRAILWAYS was founded in 1908 by Frank Martz, Sr. in Plymouth, Pennsylvania and operated between small mining towns in Pennsylvania. (The following info is from the company’s website.) In 1912 Martz took over an intercity bus service based in Wilkes-Barre and operated it under the name White Transit Company. Rides cost 5¢ and stayed that price until 1952 – the last nickel bus fare in the country. In 1922 the Frank Martz Coach Company was formed for intra-city interstate express service operating between Wilkes-Barre and New York City-Philadelphia-Albany, NY-Syracuse, NY-Buffalo-Cleveland, OH-Detroit and Chicago, IL. Because of its use of parlor cars, it was promoted as Club Coach Service. In 1927 the company’s headquarters was established in Wilkes-Barre and was incorporated as Frank Martz Coach Company. Frank Martz, Sr. was one of the founding members of the National Trailways Bus System, and in 1936 joined  as Martz Trailways. Also in 1936, Frank Martz, Jr. succeeded his father in the company and held the position until 1964. Frank Henry, grandson of Frank Martz Sr., became the 3rd generation of the family to lead the company when he took over as President in 1964, a position he held until 1996. In 1974 the company purchased Gold Line in Washington D.C. That same year the company began operating Grayline sightseeing, also in D.C. In 1983 Martz acquired Gulf Coast in Tampa & St. Petersburg, FL and National Coach Works in Fredericksburg, VA. In 1986 Martz acquired First Class Coach Company in St. Petersburg, Florida. In 1988 the company acquired Tourtime America in Richmond, Virginia. In 1994 the company acquired Franklin Motorcoach in Virginia. In 1996 Scott Henry became the 4th Martz family member to take control of the company as President. The company is still in business today: “The mission of the Martz Group is to provide safe, reliable and courteous service at an affordable price, and has stayed true to this mission, vision, and community for over a century. The services offered have continuously evolved for the last 100 years, providing transportation in 7 states; Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C and Florida.

In the 1946-47 MTD the company was listed as operating 75 buses over 1950 route miles; in addition, the White Transit Company was running 25 buses over 25 route miles. Frank Martz, Sr. was listed as president of both companies, with Frank Martz, Jr. as the general manager of White Transit. There are Trailways badges out there, but I’ve yet to find a company badge for Frank Martz Coach Company.

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MARYSVILLE-CAMPTONVILLE STAGE LINE was operating in the mid 1920s out of Camptonville, California. The Pauly brothers were the owners/operators.

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MARYSVILLE-LaPORTE STAGE COMPANY was operating out of Marysville, California in the mid 1920s. A. Frandrup was the registered contact.

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MARYSVILLE-NEVADA CITY AUTO STAGE was operating in the mid 1920s out of Grass Valley, California. Edward A. Jones was the owner.

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MASON & DIXON TRANSIT, INC. The history of this company’s founding is told in an excerpt from the September 28, 1929 issue of RAILWAY AGE MOTOR: “The Mason & Dixon Transit, Inc., with headquarters at Cincinnati . . . has been organized to take over a number of Ohio and Kentucky motor coach lines . . . Among the companies included in the merger are King Brothers Company, operating between Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, and other points in southern Ohio; the Ohio Bus Lines Company, which operates between Cincinnati, Hamilton and Middletown, Ohio; the Blue Coach Lines, operating between Cincinnati and Lexington, Ky.; the Dixie Coach Line, which operates through northern Kentucky; the Gold Seal Transit Company, operating through central Kentucky; the Inter Cities Coach Lines, which operates between Hayton, Piqua, Sidney and Troy, Ohio, and the Covington Interurban Bus Terminal with lines out of Covington and near-by cities.” I have found no further information on this company and I suspect it was a holding company, since the companies it absorbed continued to operate under their previous names.

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T / MASSACHUSETTS BAY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY abbreviated MBTA and known colloquially as The T, is the public agency responsible for operating most public transportation services in Greater Boston, Massachusetts. Earlier modes of public transportation in Boston, such as the Boston Elevated Railway, were independently owned and operated; many were first folded into a single agency with the formation of the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) in 1947. The MTA was replaced in 1964 with the present-day MBTA, which was established as an individual department within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts before becoming a division of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation in 2009.The badge measures 2½” x 3″ and was made by BASTIAN BROS CO ROCHESTER NY.

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MASSACHUSETTS NORTHEASTERN TRANSPORTATION COMPANY / MASSACHUSETTS NORTHEASTERN STREET RAILWAY COMPANY The history of this company starts in Haverhill, Massachusetts with the Massachusetts Northeastern Street Railway Company, which was formed by a merger of the Amesbury & Hampton St. Ry. Co., Citizens’ Electric St. Ry. Co., Haverhill & Amesbury St. Ry. Co., Haverhill & Plaistow St. Ry. Co., Haverhill & Southern New Hampshire St. Ry. Co., Lawrence & Methuen St. Ry. Co. and the Lowell & Pelham St. Ry. Co., all in Massachusetts. In New Hampshire, Haverhill, Plaistow & Newton St. Ry. Co., Hudson, Pelham & Salem St. Ry. Co., and Seabrook & Hampton Beach St. Ry. Co. were merged into the company. In 1924 the president of the company was David A. Belden. That year the company was renamed as the Massachusetts Northeastern Transportation Company. By 1930 all streetcar service had been discontinued. By the 1940s the company had relocated to Merrimac, Massachusetts and was operating 38 buses over 107 route miles. The company lasted until 1965, when its operation was assumed by Appleyard Bus Lines, which was sold in 1970 to Michaud Bus Lines. In 1974 the operation was taken over by the publicly owned Merrimac Valley Regional Transit Authority. The badge is nickel plated metal, measures 2¼” x 1½” with a single threaded post and a pin post.

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MASTERSON AUTO SERVICE COMPANY ran a sightseeing “auto bus line” from Denver to Estes Park and other sightseeing points in Colorado. Order issued March 7, 1927, granting application.

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MATHER FIELD STAGE LINE was operating in the mid 1920s out of Sacramento, California. R.A. Mallet was the registered contact.

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MATHIS BUS LINES, INC. / MATHIS TRAILWAYS Mathis Bus Lines, Inc. was operating in the early 1930s from Blytheville, Arkansas. In 1945 the company’s address was 326 South Church Street, Jonesboro, Arkansas and Edith Mathis was president. It ran from Blytheville to Dell, Roseland. Manila, Leachville, Monette, Black Oak, Lake City, Jonesboro, and Newport. It joined National Trailways from 1945-1950 as Mathis Trailways. In 1946 its Trailways schedule was NORTH-SOUTH: Lake City, Black Oak, Monette, Manila, Bltheville, Grubbs, Newport, Weiner, and Waldenburg; EAST-WEST: Truman, Marked Tree, Memphis, Hoxie, Walnut, Ridge, Mammoth Springs, West Plains, Springfield and Kansas City and operated out of Jonesboro’s Union Depot. The company was acquired by Great Southern Coaches in 1954.

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MATTHEWS BUS LINE was an intercity bus company operating out of Moscow, Idaho in 1949. The original route was from Moscow, via St. Maries, Idaho to Spokane, Washington. The company isn’t listed in the 1946 MTD, nor in the 1952 or 1954 MTD. The known company badge is numbered “1,” which indicates it may have been a one-man operation. The badge features a 1949-1950 red Flxible bus that is clearly marked as such. My guess is that a Flxible Company salesman supplied the badge for the owner, hence the reason the badge is marked number 1. Moreover, the badge is in pristine condition, indicating that it saw little use and has passed the years in storage—another indication that the company wasn’t long in business. The badge was made by HOOKFAST PROVIDENCE R.I., has two threaded posts and is made of chrome.

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Photos used by permission of eBay member mypalrocco.

MAUSERT BUS COMPANY, INC. was founded by William M. Mausert of Clarksburg, Massachusetts in the 1910s. In 1922 this company operated nine buses over the Mohawk Trail scenic highway between North Adams and Greenfield, Massachusetts. Mausert also started a tour service, and made headlines in 1922 when he took ten passengers on a tour from Massachusetts to Florida. There is a surviving photograph from March 10, 1922 taken in Jacksonville, Florida of the passengers and driver, on a six day tour to Miami.

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MAUZY BUS LINE was operating in 1928 from Manistee to Filer City, Michigan.

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MAXWELL-STONYFORD AUTO LINE was operating in the mid 1920s out of Stonyford, California. S.A. Porter and Roy D. Rice were operators.

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MEADORS & ALLEN LINE ran buses between Louisville, Ky. and New Albany, Indiana in the 1930s.

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MECKLENBURG BUS LINE, INC. was operating in the early 1940s in Charlotte, North Carolina. It ran from West Jefferson to the North Carolina-Tennessee State Line at Trade, Tennessee via Smithport, Warrensville, Fig, Creston, Ashland and Southerland, over N. C. Highway No. 16 and return.

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MEECH’S BUS LINE operated in the mid 1920s from Corydon to New Albany, Indiana.

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MENDOCINO COAST TRANSIT COMPANY was operating in the late 1920s out of Fort Bragg, California. W. W. Allen and C. A. Curtis were the owners, with C. A. Curtis president and A. T. Nelson secretary.

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MERCURY BUS LINES, INC. was incorporated in 1946 in Alma, Michigan. From 1963-1975 it was operated by Cecil and Mildred Geiger and was located at 806 Francisco Ave, Alma, Michigan. (Both Cecil and Mildred Geiger drove buses for the company, with Mildred also taking care of the bookkeeping.) The company served Alma, Saginaw, Mt. Pleasant, Oil City, Midland and Freeland, Bay City. In the 1980s it was running charters. In 1983-1984 the company, along with Fred A. Russell’s Valley Coach Lines, Inc., was sold to Stanley Cupp, who owned and operated Cupp’s Schoolway Lines and Delta Bus Company. Cupp combined both Mercury Bus Lines and Valley Coach Lines to become Michigan Trailways, serving an area that covered Ohio and north to Mackinaw City.

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MERIDIAN BUS LINE / FRICKLE TRANSFER LINCOLN NEBR. This badge is probably unique. On one side it reads “FRICKLE TRANSFER LINCOLN NEBR.” and on other side it reads “MERIDIAN BUS LINE”. It looks like the Frickle Transfer badge was made by recycling the Meridian badge. It may have been the same company with a name change. The badge looks like nickel.

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MERRILL & MALIN STAGE was operating a 31-mile route between Klamath Falls and Malin, Oregon in 1923.

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MESABA TRANSPORTATION COMPANY Carl Eric Wickman (1887-1954) “. . . worked in a mine as a drill operator in Hibbing, Minnesota until he was laid off in 1914. In the same year, Wickman became a Hupmobile salesman as a partnership-owner. When he could not sell the first Hupmobile he received, he began operating a livery route from Hibbing and Alice, Minnesota. By using the seven multi-seat Hupmobile, he drove his former colleagues between the mines and homes. This was the start of what would later become the largest bus line in the United States, The Greyhound Corporation.” (From the Wikipedia article “Eric Wickman”.) A short time later Wickman joined Andrew G. Anderson and C.A.A. Heed, and formed a small transportation business serving the Iron Range country of Minnesota. Soon they joined with Ralph Bogan, a competitor, to form the Hibbing Transportation Company. In December 17, 1915 this group formed a new corporation named Mesaba Transportation Company. By 1917 the company was operating a fleet of 17 buses and was serving Grand Rapids, Michigan. Skipping over a lot of history, we move to September 20, 1926, when Eric Wickman and his partners formed the Motor Transit Corporation (MTC), which in 1929 was renamed The Greyhound Corporation.

From volume III of the book, Duluth and St. Louis County Minnesota Their Story and People (van Brunt, Walter, editor, 1921. Chicago and New York: The American Historical Society), we find the following information, which is significant since this was written at a time when the subjects were still alive and running their first big public transit enterprise: Carl Erich Wickman was born in Sweden on August 7, 1887; Carl A. A. Heed, born in Sweden on June 25, 1886 P; Andrew G. Anderson, born in Sweden on January 4, 1882; Edwin C. Ekstrom, born in Michigan on March 19, 1889. “In the latter part of 1914 three men, C. E. Wickman, Andrew G. Anderson and Carl A. A. Heed established a service with a Hupmobile seven-passenger touring car as a bus making regular trips for the accomodation of passengers between Hibbing (now South Hibbling) and Alice. . . . On January 1, 1916, the Mesaba Transportation Company was organized by the three enterprising young business men just mentioned. They incorporated with a capital of twenty-five thousand dollars. . . . The first president of Mesaba Transportation Company was J. F. Lindberg, while C. A. A. Heed was vice president, C. E. Wickman general manager and secretary, and Andrew G. Anderson, treasurer. . . . and the other member of the board of five directors is R. A. L. Bogan, who had been connected with the corporation from the beginning.” On January 1, 1920, a subsidiary corporation known as the Mesaba Motor Company was organized to supply vehicles and maintenance.

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L-R: Carl Wickman, Andrew G. Anderson and Carl A. A. Heed, the three partners whose business ventures would lead to the founding of The Greyhound Corporation. (From the book, Duluth and St. Louis County Minnesota Their Story and People.)
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An early Greyhound uniform button. Courtesy of kygelberhund.

MESABA TRANSPORTATION COMPANY succeeded Mesaba Electric Railway Company in 1927 running buses in Hibbing, Minnesota. I’m not sure about the origins of this company, as it has the same name as a bus line from Hibbing to Alice, founded by Carl Wickman back in December 1915. (Along with partners Andrew G. Anderson and C.A.A. Heed, they first formed the Hibbing Transportation Company. In December 17, 1915 they formed a new corporation named Mesaba Transportation Company, which would become the Motor Transit Corporation in 1926, which in turn, was renamed The Greyhound Corporation.) In 1946 the president and general manager of Mesaba Transportation Company was Andrew G. Anderson, one of Carl Wickman’s original partners. I’m uncertain if this the original company—having remained in business since its founding—or if Mr. Anderson “re-founded” the company at a later date. At any rate, in 1946 the company ran 16 buses over 17 miles. In 1956 it was running 19 buses over 40 miles and Mr. Anderson was still in charge. The company did issue fare tokens.

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METRO TRANSIT (Seattle, Washington) See KING COUNTY METRO.


METROBUS The Metrobus system provides service throughout Miami-Dade County 365 days a year. Service is available from Miami Beach and Key Biscayne to West Miami-Dade, as far north as Broward County and as far south as Homestead, Florida City and the Middle Keys. Designed to intersect with Metrorail and Metromover, MDT’s bus system serves all major shopping, entertainment and cultural centers, as well as major hospitals and schools. More than 95 Metrobus routes travel approximately 29 million miles per year using more than 800 buses. The badge was made by Blackinton and has one threaded post.

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METROLINK is a light rail line operated by the Bi-State Development Agency providing public transit in the St. Louis, Missouri region. BSDA began construction of the MetroLink light-rail system in 1990. Three years later, on July 31, 1993, MetroLink debuted its services with a three-day, fare-free introduction to the St. Louis region. Everyone had an opportunity to take a ride on the first light-rail system in the St. Louis region. It connected 16 stations positioned along 14 miles of track from St. Louis County in Missouri to St. Clair County in Illinois.

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Metropolitan Motor Coach Co., ran in 1927 in Chicago, III.


METROPOLITAN COACH LINES, INC. The following info is gleaned from Wikepedia and the Electrical Railway Historical Association of Southern California: “Typical of transit systems in the postwar years, Pacific Electric’s operating costs rose faster than its revenue in spite of frequent fare increases. One evident answer was to find a buyer for PE’s passenger service. On March 3, 1 1953, PE announced an agreement to sell its passenger operations, both rail and bus, to Jesse Haugh.  Haugh was a former executive of Pacific City Lines, which together with National City Lines, acquired local streetcar systems across the country with the intention of shutting them down and converting them to bus operation in what became known as the “Great American Streetcar Scandal.” Haugh incorporated Metropolitan Coach Lines (Metro) in California on May 18, 1953 and bought what was left of Pacific Electric’s operations. “The sale was completed on October 1, 1953, with PE’s entire passenger operating rights and all facilities and property related to the bus lines being turned over to Metropolitan Coach Lines. These included the Pasadena, Ocean Park and West Hollywood garages, Macy Street shops, servicing and storage locations at Van Nuys, Sunland, Long Beach (Morgan Avenue) and Echo Park Avenue, stations at Pomona, Riverside and Whittier, and 695 buses.” That was the end of Pacific Electric’s famous Red Cars! Metropolitan Coach Lines was sold to Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (the first MTA) in 1958. (For more info on National City Lines, and the Great American Streetcar Scandal, see the entry on this webpage. More info on Metropolitan Coach Lines is available at this link: Electrical Railway Historical Association of Southern California.) The Metro badge is made of nickel with green inlaid glass, measures approx. 4″ and has a single threaded post; it has several hallmarks, but as yet they are unidentified.

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Photos used by permission of eBay member whittiercoins1984.

METRO TRANSIT This badge has not been identified. There are a number of Metro Transit, or Metropolitan Transit bus companies in US history, some of which are still in operation. We need help identifying this badge. It is made of enameled nickel-plated metal with a single threaded post and measures 2 ⅛” tall. 

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METROPOLITAN TRANSIT I’m told this is the Metropolitan Transit Authority in Boston (MTA) 1947-1964 . With all the “Metropolitan Transit” companies in US history, I’m not sure if this is correct; however, several knowledgeable transit collectors have identified it as such. The badge measures approx. 2 ⅞” x 2 ⅛”. It has no maker’s name, but is hallmarked for GREENDUCK CO. CHI. (There is a red variety of this badge marked “INSPECTOR”. I’m not sure if other varieties exist.)

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METROPOLITAN TRANSIT AUTHORITY / MTA  See Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority.


METROPOLITAN TRANSIT AUTHORITY / MTA In 1960, the Dade County [Florida] Commission passed an ordinance creating the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) to unify the area’s different transit operations into one countywide service. This ordinance provided for the purchase, development, and operation of an adequate mass transit system by the county. These companies included the Miami Transit Company, Miami Beach Railway Company, South Miami Coach Lines, and Keys Transit Company on Key Biscayne and would be managed by National City Management Company. Over the years and under various administrations, MTA evolved into the Metro-Dade Transportation Administration, the Metro-Dade Transit Agency, the Miami-Dade Transit Agency, and is now known simply as Miami-Dade Transit (MDT). The badge was made by BASTIAN BROS CO ROCHESTER NY, and has a single threaded post.

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METROPOLITAN TRANSIT AUTHORITY In 1947 the Massachusetts State Legislature established the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), which purchased and took over subway, elevated, streetcar, and bus operations from the Boston Elevated Railway in Boston, Massachusetts. The original MTA district consisted of 14 cities and towns — Arlington, Belmont, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Milton, Newton, Revere, Somerville, and Watertown. The last two streetcar lines running into the Pleasant Street Portal of the Tremont Street Subway were replaced with buses in 1953 and 1962. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) was formed on August 3, 1964 and took over operations from the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The below is probably nickel-plated brass, is die pressed, and has a pin & clasp. It measures approx. 3 ⅛” x 2 ⅛”. (Note: some of the badges have hallmarks near the clasp that often appear on GREENDUCK CO. CHI. badges.) 

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METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY / MTA is a public benefit corporation responsible for public transportation in New York, serving twelve counties in Downstate New York, along with two counties in southwestern Connecticut under contract to the Connecticut Department of Transportation. As part of establishing a common corporate identity, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in 1994 assigned popular names to each of its subsidiaries and affiliates. The New York City Transit Authority is now known popularly as MTA New York City Transit (NYCT), (or more specifically on the vehicles, MTA New York City Bus and MTA New York City Subway), though the former remains its legal name for documents and contracts.

There are two different designs for badges, both with one threaded post and one pin post. One was made by casting and the other by die press.

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METROPOLITAN TRANSIT COMMISSION / MTC was established by the Minnesota State Legislature in 1967. MTC’s operations were moved under the auspices of the Metropolitan Council in 1994, prompting a name change to “Metropolitan Council Transit Operations” and then, in 1998, to Metro Transit. (NOTE: NOT SURE IF THIS IS THE RIGHT AGENCY. MORE INFO NEEDED!)

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METROPOLITAN TRANSIT CORPORATION In 1965 the privately-owned Overlake Transit System acquired Greyhound’s suburban service to Tacoma, Everett, Auburn and Kent and created a new company named Metropolitan Transit Corporation. By the early 1970s the Metropolitan Transit faced bankruptcy because of low ridership. In 1973 Seattle’s Metro Transit was formed, merging the Seattle Transit System and Metropolitan Transit Corporation into a county wide transit agency. I’m not sure about this badge. The badge has two threaded posts and was made by Greenduck Co. Chicago. (See Overlake Transit System, Seattle Transit System and King County Metro for more information.)

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METROPOLITAN TRANSIT, INC. See Intertown Suburban Lines, Corporation.


MIAMI BEACH RAILWAY CO. COACH DIVISION A timeline of the company is thus: 1919
Carl Fisher and other investors formed the Miami Beach Electric Company and the Miami Beach Railway Co. 1920 Miami Beach Railway Co. began operating a single line linking downtown Miami and south Miami Beach via the County Causeway. 1921 Miami Traction Co. closed down after fire wiped out its fleet. The City of Miami agreed to buy the franchise of the defunct Miami Traction Co., ordering eight single-truck Birney streetcars. The city leased the operation to the Miami Beach Railway Co. 1939 A second attempt to have the public approve a new unified transit franchise was successful. October 17: Miami Beach Railway abandoned its three streetcars in favor of 15 new “twins.” This company continued as a subsidiary of Florida Power and Light until it was sold to William D. Pawley in 1941. Miami Beach became a military training base during World War II. Miami discontinued using its streetcars. The city granted an exclusive franchise to Miami Transit Company. 1940 November 14: George B. Dunn, using the name Miami Transit Co., took over the city-owned lines and merged Dunn Bus Service into the combined operation, resulting in a fleet of 208 buses (half of them new Macks) covering 193 route miles. November 16: Miami’s trolley cars rolled for the last time. 1941 Miami Beach Railway was purchased by William D. Pawley, thus increasing the local bus fleet from 18 to 43 buses. 1960 The County Commission passed an ordinance creating the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) to unify the different transit operations into one countywide service. This ordinance provided for the purchase, development, and operation of an adequate mass transit system by the County. These companies included the Miami Transit Company, Miami Beach Railway Company, South Miami Coach Lines, and Keys Transit Company on Key Biscayne and would be managed by National City Management Co. The badge is a pin back.

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MIAMI TRANSIT COMPANY was a privately owned bus service, serving Miami, Florida from 1940 through 1962. 1940: George B. Dunn, using the name Miami Transit Co., took over the city-owned lines and merged Dunn Bus Service into the combined operation, resulting in a fleet of 208 buses (half of them new Macks) covering 193 route miles. 1960: The County Commission passed an ordinance creating the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) to unify the different transit operations into one countywide service. This ordinance provided for the purchase, development, and operation of an adequate mass transit system by the County. These companies included the Miami Transit Company, Miami Beach Railway Company, South Miami Coach Lines, and Keys Transit Company on Key Biscayne and would be managed by National City Management Co. The badge has a single threaded post.

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MIAMI SHORES BUS LINES COMPANY was doing business in Dayton, Ohio in 1956.

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MIAMI VALLEY BUS LINES, INC. ran a bus service from Dayton, Ohio to Brookville/Trotwood, Spinning Hills, Page Manor and Xenia, Ohio. It was incorporated in Jan. 1955 and was running in 1975.

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MICHAUD’S BUS LINE, INC. / MICHAUD BUS LINE This company was founded in the early 1920s by Eudger Joseph “Mike” (b. 1887) and Marie Michaud (1895-1984) and operated one route in Salem, Massachusetts on Jefferson Avenue. After the sudden death of Eudger Michaud in May 1942, the company was taken over by his son-in-law, Commander Joseph Alexander Michaud (USN). (Alexander Michaud was married to Eudger and Marie’s daughter, Dorothy Bernice Mauchad and was presumably a cousin.) One of the few public records I have found for this company is this notice in the Federal Register of the National Archives for December 22, 1954: “Michaud’s Bus Line, Inc. 250 Jefferson Avenue, Salem, Mass. For authority to operate as a common carrier, over irregular routes, transporting: Passengers and their baggage, in round-trip special operations, beginning and ending at Salem, Gloucester, Essex, Ipswich, Manchester, Beverly, Marblehead, Lynn, Swampscott, Peabody, Danvers and Middletown, Mass., and extending to Hampton Beach, Nashua, Hudson, Derry, Pelham, Salem, Canobie Lake, Manchester, and Portsmouth, N. H., and Central Falls and Pawtucket, R. I.” In 1954 the company operated 18 buses over 19.5 route miles. From 1965 to 1972 the company operated commuter routes from Boston to Haverhill and Newburyport. In 1970 the company bought out Appleyard Bus Lines., which had bought out Massachusetts Northeastern Transportation Company in 1965. In 1974 Michaud’s Bus Line, Inc. was taken over by the publicly owned Merrimac Valley Regional Transit Authority. Eventually its routes were taken over by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

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MID AMERICA COACH LINES, INC. was a charter/tour bus company running in the late 1960s and into the 1970s. There is little information available. One source lists the company’s address as South Holland, Illinois, while a 1970 newspaper article reporting on a bus accident involving a company bus, states it was located in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

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MID-AMERICAN COACHES To give some background info on this company, I quote from emissourian.com: “It was April 1927 when John Calvin, owner of the Calvin Theater in downtown Washington [Missouri], hired Burt Simms to be manager of the Washington Bus Line. Calvin was president of the new company, and Simms served as manager, ticket agent and driver. The company, which began with just one bus, was in direct competition with MoPac (Missouri Pacific Railroad) which also offered daily passenger service between Washington [Missouri] and St. Louis. . . . Calvin sold the company to Simms, who added more buses to the fleet, more times to the schedule and one more destination — Union. He changed the company name to reflect the addition: Washington, Union, St. Louis Bus Company.” The company changed hands 1950s when Ralph Jones bought the operation. In 1960 Jones purchased Louisiana Motor Coaches, which had interstate operating authority, and combined it with his Washington, Union, St. Louis Bus Company. It was renamed Mid-American Coaches. Today, his sons, Roger and Dennis Jones, run Mid-American Coaches as president and vice president.

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MID-CONTINENT COACHES, INC. / MID CONTINENT TRAILWAYS So far I have no info on this company’s founding, or date but it was established in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It incorporated on June 14, 1940 and joined the National Trailways Bus System in 1946 where it remained until 1954. By 1954 the company owned/controlled Rainbow Coaches and Southwest Coaches and served Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado with 150 buses over 1620 route miles. From 1954-1977 it was affiliated with Oklahoma Transportation Company, which ran from Oklahoma City to Dallas, Texas and to Fort Smith, Arkansas. In 1977 Mid-Continent Coaches and Southwest Coaches absorbed Oklahoma Transportation Company.

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MID-ISLAND TRANSIT was the former Star Bus, which changed its name in 1966; later Mid-Island Transit was taken over by Stage Coach Lines. All these companies ran on Long Island, New York.

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MIDDLEBURY BUS LINE was established in the 1920s in Middlebury, Indiana. In 1923 Branston Shoup bought the line, which consisted of a single five-passenger Model T touring car. The route was between the towns of Middlebury and Goshen, Indiana. By 1954 the company was running 6 buses over 31 route miles. In 1953, John and Margaret Shoup took over the company and incorporated as Shoup Buses, Inc. and at the same time began a charter bus service as Cardinal Buses, Inc. By 1956 Cardinal Buses were running 2 buses over 72 route miles and Shoup Buses were running 6 buses over 75 route miles. In 1998, the Shoup group of companies sold to a national consolidation company. In 2001, the Shoup family bought back Cardinal Buses to run charter bus service from the Indiana and Michigan regions to locations throughout the US and Canada. It is still in operation with 56 coaches.

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MIDDLESBORO LAFOLLETTE LINES was a bus company running between Middlesboro, Ky. and Lafollette, Tenn. The company shared the Greyhound Bus terminal in Middlesboro in 1948 and was still running in the 1950s and 1960s.

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M & B ST. RY. CO. MIDDLESEX & BOSTON STREET RAILWAY was a streetcar and later bus company in the area west of Boston MA. Streetcars were replaced in 1931 by buses; the company lasted until 1972. The badge is die pressed, single threaded post and measures 2 ½”.

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MIDLAND TRAIL TRANSIT COMPANY was formed in 1924 by Arthur Hill, who bought out White Transportation Company and Huntington-Charleston Motor Bus Company. The company ran between Charleston and Huntington, West Virginia. In May 1927 Hill incorporated the Blue and Gray Transit Company in Charleston, W.V. in order to buy his own Midland Trail Transit and several other bus companies.

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MIDWAY BUS LINE was operating in the mid 1920s out of Lexington, North Carolina. It ran from Winston-Salem to Lexington.

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MIDWEST BUS LINES, INC. / MIDWEST BUSLINES, INC. / MIDWEST TRAILWAYS In 1955 Missouri Pacific Railroad sold its bus subsidiary, Missouri Pacific Bus Lines and a new company, Midwest Bus Lines, Inc. / Midwest Buslines, Inc. was formed to purchase the company. The new company joined (or rejoined, since Missouri Pacific Bus Lines had been a member), the National Trailways Bus System as Midwest Trailways. The president of the new company was Trammell Crowe of Little Rock, Arkansas. (Of interest is that the company is not listed in any edition of Russell’s Guide or MTD from the late 1950s, with the exception of the 1957 MTD, which lists only one Midwest Bus Lines, and that was for was a Midwest Bus Lines operating out of Dickinson, North Dakota with one bus and was owned by Alex Beaudon operating over 64 route miles.) The company was sold in 1960 to Maurice E. Moore’s Transcontinental Bus System / Continental Trailways. After that, the company had some claim to fame when one of its buses, carrying five Freedom Riders on route to Houston, Texas, pulled into the Little Rock, Arkansas Midwest Trailways Depot on July 10 1961 and was met by a crowd of some 400 protesters. The company was still operating as part of the Trailways system in 1981.

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MIDWEST TRANSIT COMPANY operated out of Lebanon, Indiana in the 1920s. The February 26, 1926 edition of the Indianapolis News from Indianapolis, Indiana noted the company’s financial trouble: “The Midwest Transit Company, which operates a bus between Indianapolis and West Lafayette, appealed to the [Indiana] public service commission Thursday afternoon for an increased fare schedule. The petition said the rates are inadequate to meet the operating expenses.” Whatever the outcome of that petition, a few months later the company had another petition before the Indiana Public Service Commission. The May 1, 1926 edition of the Electric Railway Journal explains: “Transfer to Traction Control Expected. — Transfer of a bus line from private ownership to traction control is forecast with a petition by the Midwest Transit Company, operating between Indianapolis and Lafayette, asking the Indiana Public Service Commission to permit the Indiana Motor Transit Company, the bus division of the Terre Haute, Indianapolis & Eastern Traction Company, to take over its bus permit. The Mid-West company was the Red, White and Blue Line.”

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MIDWEST TRANSIT LINES Organized on Sept. 9, 1890, the Ames Street Railway Company (Ames, Iowa) started to solicit subscriptions to finance the two-mile line. The line was electrified after the Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern Railroad (FDDM&S) acquired the company in May 1906. On April 21, 1925, the Ames City Council finally approved an increase in streetcar fares from 5 cents to 7 cents. Ticket prices increased from 25 for $1 to 17 for $1. At the same time, the FDDM&S announced it was buying four buses for use in Ames. The buses were bought to operate between the Fourth Ward (campus-town area) and downtown. The buses were built by either Reo or Graham. The bus garage was located at 1003 Second St.

Feb. 24, 1931: Interstate Transit Lines was given permission to operate city bus line for month of March from FDDM&S special city council meeting April 1, 1930 to April 1, 1931 permit dates. 1931-1944: Interstate Transit Lines started operating buses in Ames. The company ran one route with two buses on 20-minute schedules from 6:20 a.m. until midnight. Interstate Transit Lines was a part of Union Pacific Stages, which was a subsidiary of Union Pacific Railroad. In 1943, Interstate Transit Lines and Union Pacific Stages began operating under the name of Overland Greyhound Lines. (On October 1, 1952 The Greyhound Corporation bought out Interstate Transit Lines and Union Pacific Stages for cash and stock. Both companies were liquidated and their assets were absorbed by Overland Greyhound Lines.) The Ames, Iowa operation was sold on September 15, 1944 to Robert Walker of Keokuk. Walker changed the name of the company to Midwest Transit Lines. Walker also owned bus companies in Keokuk, Muscatine and Fort Madison.

Sept. 5, 1950: Midwest Transit Line buses were operating at a 20-minute interval from 6:08 a.m. until 11:55 p.m., including Sundays and holidays. Special campus buses via Sixth and 13th streets began operation on Sept. 25, 1950. 

1952: George Fenell bought Midwest Transit Lines and changed the name to Midwest Transportation Inc. At that time, Midwest Transportation took over the school routes. Before this happened, the school furnished its own buses and drivers. Bob Killam started at Midwest Transit Lines on July 15, 1966, as general manager. In 1972, Killam bought the business from George Fenell. In 1976 the City of Ames took over public transportation as CyRide, which is a partnership between Iowa State University, the ISU Student Government, and the City of Ames. CyRide provides public transportation to the community throughout the city of Ames. (Information from the Iowa Dept. of Transportation.) 

The badge is nickel-plated metal with one threaded posts. It was made by FIFTH AVENUE UNIFORM COMPANY 19 SO. WELLS CHICAGO.

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MIDWEST TRANSPORTATION, INC. Bob Killam, who had been Midwest Transportation’s general manager, bought Midwest Transit Lines in 1972 from George Fenell. He changed the name to Midwest Transportation, Inc. The company ran buses in Ames, Iowa until 1976 when it was taken over by the city of Ames.

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W. R. MILES STAGE LINES was owned by W.R Miles and was operating in the mid 1920s out of Fresno, California. It ran between Fresno and Huntington Lake, connecting with the California Transit Company at the former point. The company was sold in 1930 to the San Joaquin & Eastern Railroad for $35,000.

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MILLARD CANYON BUS LINE was operating in the mid 1920s out of Pasadena, California. C.F. Massie was the registered contact.

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MILLER STAGE LINE was operating in 1923 from Baker, Oregon to Boise, Idaho over an 83-mile route.

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R. MILLER STAGE LINE / MARTINEZ CONCORD AUTOMOBILE STAGE LINE was operating in the mid 1920s out of Martinez, California. R. Miller was the owner.

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MILLIGAN BUS SERVICE was a company running in 1926 in Clarks Hill, Indiana. There is no further information.

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MILLS STAGE LINE was operating in the late 1920s out of San Diego, California. H. G. Mills was the owner / operator.

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MILLSTADT & BELLEVILLE BUS LINE was operating a service between Millstadt and Belleville, Illinois in the early-mid 1920s.

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THE MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC RAILWAY & TRANSPORT COMPANY  (TMERL). (SEE THE TRANSPORT COMPANY)


MILWAUKEE RAPID TRANSIT AND SPEEDRAIL COMPANY (SEE THE TRANSPORT CO.) 


THE MILWAUKEE STREET RAILWAY COMPANY (SEE THE TRANSPORT CO.) 


THE MILWAUKEE & SUBURBAN TRANSPORT CORPORATION (SEE THE TRANSPORT CO.) 


M. S. ST. RY. CO. Supposedly the MINERAL SPRINGS ST. RY. CO. I’m not sure if this is the right name. The only Internet entry I find for this company is for the Sterling, Rock Falls & Mineral Springs Street Railway Company in Sterling, Illinois for 1888. The badge is oval shaped and measures 2″ x 1 ⅜”; it is hallmark “R. Woodman, Mf’r, Boston, Mass.” and has a pinback.

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MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL MOTOR BUS COMPANY was operating in 1926 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1925 it was bought out by the Twin City Rapid Transit Company.

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MISSALA STAGES, INC. / MISSALA TRIALWAYS Missala Stages was listed in the 1939 Russell’s Guide as operating out of Oakman, Alabama with J. H. Deason as the owner. The route was from Birmingham to Jasper to Sulligent, Alabama. Obviously the company name is made of a conjunction of Mississippi and Alabama. By 1943 the company had moved its headquarters to Jasper, Alabama. The company was incorporated on May 25, 1946 in Jasper, Alabama by Mr. & Mrs. James H. Deason and R. Foster Deason. By 1948 the company was running to New Albany, Mississippi. It joined the National Trailways Bus System in 1949 and remained until 1951. In 1954 the company was operating 18 buses over 916 route miles. In later years Wesley W. Meeks was president and CEO of the MissAla Stages, Inc. Missala Stages, Inc. operated until 1970.

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MISSOURI-ARKANSAS COACH LINES was an intercity bus company operating in the 1930s-1940s. It operated out of Springfield, Missouri into Memphis, Tennessee. In Memphis it operated out of a terminal at 170 Monroe St.

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MISSOURI, KANSAS & OKLAHOMA TRANSIT LINES took over from Tulsa City Lines running buses in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1957. It ran until 1968.

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MISSOURI KANSAS & OKLAHOMA COACH LINES / M.K. & O. COACH LINES (Also known as Missouri, Kansas & Oklahoma Trailways) In 1928, Howard W. Allen incorporated his fledgling bus line, Allen’s Auto Stage, as Missouri, Kansas & Oklahoma Coach Lines, Inc. That small bus operation grew to become a regional intercity carrier serving the nation’s mid-section in both regular route and charter bus operations. From 1937 until 1953 it was part of the Trailways System as M. K. & O. Trailways. Diversification efforts in the early 1970’s established the company in the commercial real estate business under the name of Venture Properties. Eventually the company divested itself of the transit business. Here’s a notice that was published on May 3, 2011: “OKLAHOMA CITY – Downtown’s Union Bus Station could close as early as this fall after serving as a hub for travelers for more than 70 years. A cafeteria that was once part of the bus station was shuttered a few years ago, but the terminal still bustled with passengers waiting for connecting buses one recent weekday morning. Early bus industry pioneer Howard W. Allen built the Union Bus Station as a hub for his regional intercity bus company called Missouri, Kansas & Oklahoma Coach Lines.” The below bus badge appears to be a later issue. I would guess there are older, different style badges out there.

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MISSOURI PACIFIC BUS LINES / MISSOURI PACIFIC TRAILWAYS (MOP) was formed in 1928 as bus subsidiary of Missouri Pacific Railroad. In 1936 the company joined Trailways; in 1948 it resumed independent operation and was sold in 1957 to Midwest Bus Lines, which was also a Trailways member. In 1960 it was sold to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

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MISSOURI TRANSIT COMPANY, INC. was an intercity/interstate company serving Missouri and headquartered in Macon, Missouri. It was organized in June 1925 with ten stockholders, including Ira Cook and Percy W. Fletcher. Ira Cook was elected president and general manager. Their first bus, purchased at a cost of about $5, 000, was a 21-passenger Reo. In circa 1928 Percy W. Fletcher acquired the majority of the company’s stock and was elected President and General Manager. He remained in this position until failing health forced him to sell off his interests. (Percy William “Willie” Fletcher was born 17 Jan 1889 and died 6 Oct 1968 and is buried in McDonald County, Missouri.) In 1956 the company was running 21 buses over 798 route miles. The operating rights and franchises of Missouri Transit Company Inc., were acquired in January 1961 by Nels J. Koch of Des Moines, Iowa, and the name was changed to Missouri Transit Lines Inc.

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MISSOURI TRANSIT LINES, INC. was so named when Nels J. Koch of Des Moines, Iowa bought out Missouri Transit Company, Inc. of Macon, Missouri in January 1961. Koch served as president and general manager of the company. In 1981 the company was running 25 buses intercity/interstate out of Moberly, Missouri.

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MITCHELL AUTO STAGE COMPANY, INC. This company was operating in the early 1910s in Los Angeles, California. There is a mention of the company in the August 13, 1918 edition of the Santa Ana Register from Santa Ana, California: “Permit for Stage Line A permit was authorized to the Mitchell Auto Stage Company for operation through this city. This is the line that operates Packards between Los Angeles and San Diego, and has been passing through the city for two years. Under the permit it later will take out a license for Santa Ana when it will be permitted to pick up and discharge passengers in this city, it proposes to carry passengers between Santa Ara and San Diego, and between Santa Ana and Los Angeles, if the railroad commission will give it permission to render the latter service. Representatives of the line stated that it did not know whether the commission would grant it permission to carry between Santa Ana and Los Angeles, as the commission was inclined to protect the P. E. [Pacific Electric] and other stage lines now operating between the two cities.” In October 1918 it was denied a petition to operate a bus line between Los Angeles and San Diego, California by the California Railroad Commission.
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MOBILE CITY LINES, INC. In 1893 Mobile’s first electric street car line begins operation by the Electric Railway Company under president J. Howard Wilson. By 1939 the Mobile Light & Railroad Company was providing transit service to Mobile, Alabama. By then the city’s street railway system had expanded to include 50 route miles. At this time, a few buses were being operated as well as the electric street car, with an agreement between Mr. Wilson and the City that the replacement of street cars by buses would happen gradually. Despite this agreement, The National City Lines acquired a controlling interest in the Mobile Light & Railway Co. after Mr. Wilson’s death and quickly replaced all street cars with buses. (Info from Flotte’s Notes on Mobile, Alabama History.) In 1956 the company was operating 122 buses over 203 route miles. The company lasted until March 5, 1971, after which the City of Mobile took over bus operations under the direction of the Mobile Transit Authority, or Mobile Transit District. It closed down in 1995. As to the badge pictured below, it was issued after the City of Mobile took over bus operations in 1971. (It has the look of other bus company badges owned by National City Lines, and may have been made by Greenduck Co. Chicago.) The badge has two threaded posts, is made of metal and measures approx. 2½” x 2½”. (Note: with the numerals “00” this badge may have never been issued and may have been a prototype.)

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Photos used by permission of eBay member vintagenewsstand.

MODEM BUS COMPANY ran in 1927 in Caldwell, New Jersey.


MODERN COACH CORPORATION / MODERN TRAILWAYS See Ader Coach Lines, Inc.

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MODERN BUS LINES, INC. began operating in 1919 in Needham, Massachusetts. In 1946 the company served Needham, Wellesley and Boston with 7 buses over 16.8 route miles. Paul T. Babson was the president. According to one webpage, it was replaced by Boston Worcester & New York Street Railway Company. However, the last year operated is often given as 1944 whereas the MTD shows the company still in operation in 1946.

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MODESTO-La GRANGE STAGE LINE was operating in the mid 1920s out of Modesto, California. B.L. Halverson was the owner, and E.H. Bartlett was the manager.

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MODESTO-NEWMAN AUTO STAGE LINE was operating out of Patterson, California in the mid 1920s. J.P. Smith was the registered contact.

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MODESTO-OAKDALE AUTO STAGE was operating out of Modesto, California in the mid 1920s. George Weisner and E.R. Michael were the registered contacts.

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MOHAWK COACH LINES, INC. was operating in the early 1930s in New York. Its original route ran from New York City to Poughkeepsie. In 1946 the company was headquartered in Beacon, New York. By 1954 the company was headquartered in Little Ferry, New Jersey and running 10 buses over 170 route miles. It served New York City to Hyde Park, New York. The company was still running in the 1970s. One source says the company ceased operations in 1981.

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MOHAWK STAGE LINE was operating in 1923 from Eugene to Mabel, Oregon over an 18-mile route.

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MOHAWK STAGE LINES CORP. was an intercity bus company operating in the early 1920s out of Chicago, Illinois serving northern Illinois. In 1927 the company was purchased (along with Royal Rapid Transit Company and Purple Swan Safety Coach Lines) by Motor Transit Company (which would shortly be renamed The Greyhound Corporation) and operated as a subsidiary. In 1929 the company acquired routes from Northern Illinois Service Company.

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MOHAWK VALLEY TRANSIT, INC. appears in April 1956 when it took over Vollmer Bus Lines providing bus service in Amsterdam, New York. An article about Vollmer Bus Lines states that Mohawk Valley Transit was a “Utica firm, headed by Wallace Sweet.” The president of Mohawk Valley Transit was Harrison S. Sweet (Wallace Sweet was secretary), who also headed Central New York Coach lines, Inc. out of Utica, New York. An article, “Focus on History: Amsterdam bus lines compete”, in the December 4, 2010 The Daily Gazette, from Schenectady, New York, recalls: “A Utica-based company, Mohawk Valley Transit, absorbed both Vollmer and F.J. &G.’s bus operations in 1956. The newspaper account noted it was the first time in 30 years that local public transportation would be provided by one company. The head of Vollmer, now Katherine Vollmer Sann of Albany, said her company had lost $47,000 from 1951 to 1956. Mohawk Valley Transit’s April 1956 takeover of Vollmer was seen as a surprise. The Utica firm, headed by Wallace Sweet, had started managing F.J. &G.’s bus runs in an expected move two months earlier. Sweet’s company also operated Central New York Coach Lines. Vollmer’s superintendent for nine years, Benjamin Bartholomew, stayed on as Mohawk Valley Transit’s manager in Amsterdam, Johnstown and Gloversville. Before coming to Amsterdam, Bartholomew had worked for the Greyhound bus line.”

In a February 7, 1970 a company spokesman announced that Mohawk Valley Transit could no longer meet it financial obligations: “. . . plagued by declining numbers of riders and aged vehicles, [the spokesman] has told city officials that [the company] can’t afford to pay its insurance.” Shortly thereafter, Mohawk Valley Transit folded. In April 1971 the state provided funds to set up a new transit system. Today, the City of Amsterdam Transit System provides bus service for the area.

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MOKELUMNE HILL AUTO STAGE COMPANY was operating in the mid 1920s out of Mokelumne Hill, California. C.E. Stewart was the registered contact.

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MONROE BUS LINE was operating in the mid 1940s transporting passengers from Charlotte, North Carolina to the National Carbon Company plant. The company was owned by Sam. C. Winchester of Monroe, North Carolina.

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MONROEVILLE BUS COMPANY / COLONIAL TRAILWYS was incorporated in Alabama on August of 1935. Its original route started from Selma, Alabama and ran southwest through Monroeville and Atmore to Mobile. In 1941 Avery Austin Crow, who owned Capital Motor Lines / Capital Trailways, acquired the Monroeville Bus Company. “While Capital and Monroeville shared ownership, management and even office space over the years, the two companies are still operated separately and were never merged. Expansion after the War included the purchase of Central Alabama Coaches from G.E. Guthrie in 1950. Capital Trailways took over this route from Butler to Selma on April 5, 1950 and extended through bus service into Montgomery. In November of 1950, Monroeville Bus Company filed for operating authority between New Orleans, Louisiana and Pensacola, Florida via Mobile, Alabama, the southern terminal of its original route. Two years later, in March of 1952, the corporate office of Monroeville Bus Company was moved from Monroeville to Montgomery. At this same time the corporate name was changed to Colonial Trailways. Capital Trailways and Colonial Trailways would share management and office space.” (Information from the National Bus Trader / August, 2008, article “Capital Trailways and Colonial Trailways” by Larry Plachno.) See Capital Trailways for more information.

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MONTEBELLO MUNICIPAL BUS LINES In 1922, two years after the incorporation of the City of Montebello, California, the city officially initiated a municipal bus service. In 1928 the city sold the operation to the Motor Transit Company, a division of Southern Pacific Railroad. Motor Transit later became Pacific Electric, operators of the famed “red cars.” In 1931 the City purchased the lines back from the Motor Transit Company and launched it again as Montebello Municipal Bus Lines. It still runs and serves the communities of Alhambra, Bell Gardens, Boyle Heights, Commerce, Downtown Los Angeles, East Los Angeles, La Mirada, Montebello, Monterey Park, Pico Rivera, Rosemead, San Marino, South Gate, South San Gabriel, and Whittier, California.

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MONTEREY-BIG-SUR AUTO LINE was operating in the mid 1920s out of Monterey, California. F.M. Littlefield was the registered contact.

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MONTEREY-CARMEL BUS LINE was formed by June 1917 by C.O. Goold. The line operated in Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. (Goold also ran a livery stable and rented out wagons, buggies “and good sadle horses“; included in his service were “good cars with efficient drivers to go anywhere“.) His office was located at Carmel-by-the-Sea. By 1922 it was competing with Bay Rapid Transit, which ran the Del Monte-Monterey-Pacific Grove bus line. In 1927 Bay Rapid Transit acquired the Monterey-Carmel Bus Line.

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An ad from June 1917 for Monterey-Carmel Bus Line.

MONTEREY & SALINAS AUTO SERVICE was operating in the mid 1920s out of Monterey, California. The registered contacts were Carpenter and Littlefield.

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MONTFORD’S COVE BUS LINE was operating in the mid 1940s out of Rutherford County, North Carolina via Sugar Hill to Marion.

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MONTICELLO STAGE COMPANY was operating in the mid 1920s out of Monticello, California. G.F. Gardner was the registered contact.

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MONTGOMERY BUS COMPANY, INC. This history of this company is tied to that of the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company. In 1911 the management of the PRT was taken over by Thomas E. Mitten, who would expand the company with a series of subsidiaries. On June 25, 1923 Philadelphia Rural Transit Company was formed by PRT to operate buses in the city and into the suburbs of Philadelphia. Interurban bus service between New York and Philadelphia was begun by the Peoples Rapid Transit Company in 1924 and later extended to Washington, D.C. and Atlantic City. Mitten’s further expansions are noted in the March 3 1928 issue of the Electric Railway Journal: “The Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company, Philadelphia, Pa., has agreed to pay $1,825,000 for the Quaker Cab Company and three suburban bus lines. This was disclosed in a petition filed by the railway with the Public Service Commission for approval of the purchase of the four carriers. The proposed deal includes the purchase of 5,000 shares of the outstanding stock in the Quaker City Cabs, Inc.; 4,510 shares of the Montgomery Bus Company, Inc.; 1,000 shares of the Philadelphia Suburban Transit Company, and 200 shares of the Doylestown & Easton Motorcoach.

The Montgomery Bus Company and the Philadelphia Suburban Transit Company extended bus service into the western suburbs previously the exclusive preserve of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The Peoples Rapid Transit continued operations until December, 1929, when it was sold to the Pennsylvania Greyhound Lines. It was Thomas Mitten’s shady management practices that had forced the sale of the company. Indeed, on April 11, 1931, after the death of Thomas E. Mitten and the revelations of diversion of funds and accounting irregularities, Judge Harry S. McDevitt appointed trustees to manage the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company. In November of that year the same judge issued a final judgement against Mitten Management, Inc. attaching Thomas E. Mitten’s entire estate for the benefit of Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company. (Information from “The history of bus transportation between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland” by John M. Kemper, and A General Chronology of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company Its Predecessors and Successors and Its Historical Context, by Christopher T. Baer, 1931.)

The Pennsylvania Greyhound Lines, which owned the entire capital stock of the Montgomery Bus Company and the Peoples Rapid Transit Company, continued operating the companies under their own names. Peoples Rapid Transit Company was still operating in 1939, when its schedules are shown in Russell’s Official National Motor Coach Guide.

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MONTGOMERY CITY LINES ran in Montgomery, Alabama and was owned by National City Lines, which took over operations from Alabama Power Company in 1936. The company is famous for being at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court case stemming from the 1955 incident involving Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat on a MCL bus. In 1956 the court banned bus segregation. MCL ran until 1974. There are two varieties of badges: one has raised/recessed lettering, the other has flush lettering. Both are made of nickel-plated brass with enamel, has two threaded posts, measures approx. 2 ¾” x 2 ½” and was made by GREENDUCK CO. CHI. (Some badges are not marked.)

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(From the Collections of The Henry Ford.)

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MONTREAL TRANSIT CORPORATION / Société de transport de Montréal (STM) See entry for Société de Transport de la Communauté Urbaine De Montréal (STCUM).


MONTROSE AUTO STAGE & TAXI COMPANY was operating in the early-mid 1920s out of Montrose, Colorado.

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MOORE BROS. TRANSPORTATION COMPANY  See Consolidated Bus Lines, Inc. High Point, North Carolina.


MOORE BUS LINES was running in the early 1950s in Egremont Township, Ontario and is still in business.

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MOORESVILLE-KANNAPOLIS BUS LINE was operating in the mid 1920s out of Mooresville, North Carolina. It was owned by J.M. Washam and ran from Mooresville to Kannapolis.

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MOSS TRANSPORTATION COMPANY Operated from Ogden, Utah. There is an application on file dated 1954 to “Transport of passengers and their baggage over regular and irregular routes from Box Elder County, Utah to all points and places in the State of Utah and return in charter service only.” The badge has two threaded posts and measures 2⅝” x 2 ½”.

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MOTOR COACH COMPANY was operating in the mid 1920s out of Lomita, California. H.N. Richards was the president and general manager.

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MOTOR TRANSIT COMPANY See Aberdeen Motor Transit Company.


MOTOR TRANSIT COMPANY was operating in 1923 from Rufus to Pendleton, Oregon over a 113-mile route.

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MOTOR TRANSIT COMPANY The history of this company begins with Oliver R. “Ollie” Fuller (1880-1946), a Los Angeles, California automobile and truck dealer. After repossessing two White trucks in 1913, he started his own freight business; in 1917 he purchased P&E (Passenger & Express) Stages, operating from Los Angeles to Anaheim, which he renamed White Bus Line. In 1917 he bought out Truston Clark’s bus line, which operated from L.A. to San Bernardino; on January 24, 1920 he bought the ARG Bus Company, which ran between Los Angeles and San Diego. In 1920 Fuller changed the name of White Bus Line to Motor Transit Company. Also in 1920, Fuller bought out Max and Perry Green’s Mountain Auto Line. That same year Fuller acquired the El Dorado Stage Line, which connected Los Angeles with Bakersfield. (All these companies were subsequently “sold” by Fuller to his Motor Transit Company.) By 1920 Motor Transit Company was the largest intercity bus line in the state of California. That same year Pacific Electric Railway bought a two-thirds interest in the Motor Transit Company, the other third being bought out by The Greyhound Corporation. In 1936 Pacific Electric bought out Greyhound’s interest, and merged the Motor Transit Company Lines into other operations. (As an interesting side note, I quote this from the September 1945 edition of Pacific Electric Magazine‘s article on Motor Transit Company’s history: “At the start of the bus industry in California, approximately 1916, busses were built along the lines of the touring cars of that period. All busses had side curtains that had to be put up and taken down according to weather, and it was not until after 1920 that the use of glass windows in busses, or stages, became standard practice. In 1916, most stages were of five-to-fourteen passenger capacity, some being plain touring cars, others, lengthened-out touring cars, and some with special bus bodies holding 14 passengers.

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MOTOR TRANSIT CORPORATION (MTC) succeeded the Mesaba Transportation Company. It was formed on September 20, 1926 by Eric Wickman and his partners. In 1929 MTC was renamed The Greyhound Corporation. (For more information see the  MESABA TRANSPORTATION COMPANY entry on this page; also see “Greyhound Badges” in the drop down menu “Collecting Transit Badges”.

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MOTOR TRANSPORTATION COMPANY ran in 1927 in Savannah, Georgia.

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MOTOR TRANSPORTATION COMPANY This jitney bus business was founded by L. F. O’Donnell and was operating in March 1915 in Jacksonville, Illinois.

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MT. HAMILTON STAGE LINE was operating in the mid 1920s out of San Jose, California. It ran from San Jose to Mt. Hamilton via Santa Clara. E.T. Roper was the registered contact.

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MT. HOOD STAGES, INC. / PACIFIC TRAILWAYS This company was operating in the early 1920s from Portland to Sandy, Oregon over a 26-mile route. Additional information comes from Jon’s Trailways History Corner. In 1929 Myrl Hoover and William Niskanen were operating Mt. Hood Stages on a regular schedule from Bend, Oregon to connect with Union Pacific passenger trains. By 1931 they had expanded their business by taking over Columbia Gorge Motor Coach Company’s routes running to The Dalles on the Columbia River. (Columbia Gorge Motor Coach was owned by Pickwick Stages, which was later merged with Pacific Greyhound.) A man named Del Mattson, who was running his own bus line from The Dalles to Maupin, joined the enterprise and they incorporated as Mount Hood Stages on May 20, 1931. The company joined the National Trailways Bus System on January 1, 1943, after which it was known as Pacific Trailways, although the corporate name would remain Mount Hood Stages. The company folded in 1988 with Greyhound taking over its routes.

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MOUNT HOPE TRANSIT COMPANY I found this information dated July 2, 1952: “The Public Service Commission of West Virginia will hear the application of the undersigned for approval of the transfer and assignment unto Herbert Brown, doing business as Mount Hope Transit, of P.S.C M.C. Certificate No 3864, authorizing operation as a common carrier by motor vehicle in the transportation of employees of the New River Company only between their bomes in Fayette and Raleigh Counties and their place of employment at the Lochgelly Mine.” The badge was made by Hookfast and has two threaded posts.

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MOUNT LASSEN MOTOR TRANSIT COMPANY / MT. LASSEN MOTOR TRANSIT COMPANY This company is still operational and, according to its website, was “[e]stablished around the turn of the century with a stage operation serving the mill workers from Westwood to Susanville, Mineral and Red Bluff, Mt. Lassen Motor Transit rapidly expanded with routes in Oregon and Nevada as well as Northern California. Following World War II the bus line saw a marked decrease in service and eventually reverted to one bus route. In 1952 the office officially moved from Susanville to Red Bluff where they are still in operation today.” The website gives no further details. However, the company seems to be one and the same as the Mt. Lassan Transit Company. On page 11 of a report titled Rural Public Transportation Demand from March 1986, published by the Center for Transportation Research The University of Texas at Austin: “. . . the Mt. Lassen Motor Transit Company of Red Bluff, California is an operational postal bus line that has been functioning since 1938. This mail, freight and passenger carrier follows a 110-mile route.” Since the above report states the company had been operating since 1938, this would indicate a name change around that time. NOTE: This company seems to be one and the same as the below entry: Mt. Lassen Transit Company. For more information see the entry below.

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MT. LASSEN TRANSIT COMPANY was operating in the mid 1920s out of Westwood, California. E.G. Scammon was president, and A.J. Allen was secretary. A license was first issued from the state of California in 1925 and the company seems to have been operating along with Mt. Shasta-McCloud Auto Stage Line. The company was also registered as a business in the state of Nevada, so it’s origins may date to an earlier time. From the book Little Gem of the Cascades: An Administrative History of Lassen Volcanic National Park by Diane L. Krahe and Theodore Catton (University of Montana University of Montana September 2010, p. 75), we find this bit of history: “By the late 1920s, a little over half of American families owned automobiles. With roads being developed and improved to accommodate this burgeoning automobile use, bus companies arose during the decade to transport people over these same highways. One such bus company was the Mt. Lassen Transit Company, which operated buses between Red Bluff and Reno, and made connections with the Southern Pacific and Western Pacific railroads. With its head office in Westwood, California (between Susanville and Chester), the company advertised itself as ‘The Volcanic Highway Line’ and promoted its service to Lassen Volcanic National Park. For several years the bus company took passengers over the rough road from Chester to Drakesbad Guest Ranch. Around 1928, the park administration began issuing an annual concession permit to the company for its transportation service over park roads. With the main park road still under construction, this service was limited to operating a bus each day into Drakesbad and Juniper Lake.” From a 1931 report of the Nevada Public Service Commission, the Mt. Lassen Transit Company was listed as operating 3 buses. The company was operating in the late 1930s and is listed as one of the bus companies serving the Union Stage Depot in Reno, Nevada.

NOTE: This company seems to be one and the same as the previous entry, the Mt. Lassen Motor Transit Company. It may be that the company changed its name in the late 1930s, adding the word “Motor” to its DBA. The WPA Guide to Nevada, which was published in 1940 from information gathered over the preceding several years, we find it listed as one of the bus companies serving the Reno bus station: “Union Stage Depot for Feather River Stage Co., Inland Stages, Mt. Lassen Transit Co., Pacific Greyhound Lines Las Vegas-Tonopah & Reno Stage Lines, Virginia & Truckee Transit Co., Oregon, California & Nevada Company, Reno Loyalton-Calpine Stage, Burlington Trailways, Nevada Transit Co.” On page 11 of a report titled Rural Public Transportation Demand from March 1986, published by the Center for Transportation Research The University of Texas at Austin: “Another for-profit ‘multiple use’ modal option that should be included in the current taxonomy of rural public transportation systems are the ‘postal bus’ transit operations. Although there are very few examples of these systems in the U.S., the Mt. Lassen Motor Transit Company of Red Bluff, California is an operational postal bus line that has been functioning since 1938. This mail, freight and passenger carrier follows a 110-mile route.” Putting these pieces together, when the Mt. Lassen Transit Company disappears from records around 1938, the Mt. Lassen Motor Transit company shows up, which indicates a change in its DBA.

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MT. SHASTA-McCLOUD AUTO STAGE LINE was operating in 1925 out of Westwood / Mt. Lassen / Mt. Shasta / Siskiyou County, California. It was somehow connected to the Mt. Lassen Transit Company.

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MT. WASHINGTON BUS LINE ran a bus service in Cincinnati, Ohio. They were operating in 1929-1930. No further information.

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MT. WILSON STAGE LINE was operating in the mid 1920s out of Pasadena, California. The company ran auto buses from downtown Pasadena to Mt.Wilson via the Mt. Wilson Toll Road. N. A. Webb and F. S. Hendricks were the registered contacts. “Mr. L. L. Whitman of Pasadena who made the ascent in his 1907 Franklin said, ‘Not for five hundred dollar would I make the trip again.’ For those preferring not to drive, there was the popular Mt. Wilson Stage Line.” The company was still operating in the 1930s.

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MOUNTAIN AUTO LINE was founded in 1912 by Kirk N. Phillips as a freight business hauling supplies from San Bernardino, California to the local mountain resorts of Skyland, Pine-Crest, Little and Big Bear Valleys and Knight’s Camp on Big Bear. The business soon expanded to include a passenger bus line. In a March 29, 1987 interview published in the San Bernardino Sun, Max Green (soon to be a partner) recalled: “Later Dr. J.N. Baylis, owner of Pinecrest [Lodge], encouraged Kirk N. Phillips of San Bernardino to purchase a truck and haul supplies to his resort. . . . Soon Phillips’ business grew so fast he made my brother and I an offer to help finance the business. We [Perry H. Green and Max H. Green] joined the firm in 1913. Mr. Phillips died the next winter and we took over the entire operation. We began carrying passengers as a favor; hikers and breakdowns wanted to ride on top of our freight loads, so this lead us to adding a cross seat behind the driver that could be bolted on and taken off when we did not have passengers. Soon our ‘passengers’ were demanding something better, so next came 6-cylinder White touring cars, on which we stretched out the frame and built ten and twelve passenger bodies thereon, with doors for each seat.” (These three partners have the distinction of creating the nation’s first intercity bus line west of the Mississippi River. They were recognized by the White Motor Company for this historic first.) In 1915, the company extended their route all the way to Big Bear Lake, transporting as many as 400 passengers a week to its popular campgrounds. In 1920, Max Green sold the business to O.R. Fuller, owner of the White Bus Line, whose name was changed that same year to Motor Transit Company. (Fuller continued using the name “Mountain Auto Line.”) In 1937 Max Green repurchased the Mountain Auto Line and operated it until 1955, when he sold the passenger service to Jack Roesch of Roesch Lines, Inc. (NOTE: since Green continued the freight business, badges bearing the Mountain Auto Line name might also be for the trucking company.)

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MOUNTAIN TRANSIT LINES. The Arrowhead Valley Club was located in the mountains outside of San Bernadino, California. (Not to be confused with the Mountain Auto Line.) The badge has two threaded posts.

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MOUNTAIN VIEW COACH LINES, INC. was formed in the mid 1910s and ran automobiles (auto-buses) from Coxsakie to Albany, New York. Founded by Henry J. Albright, the company ran its first motorized bus in 1915. A local history tells that when there were more passengers than this bus could carry, Mr. Albright’s wife followed behind in an automobile with the additional passengers. A schedule dated June 30, 1930 gives this route information: Catskill-Albany had stops at Athens, (Hudson by Ferry), Coxsackie, New Baltimore, Coeymans, Selkirk, Cedar Hill; Catskill-Cairo had stops at Round Top, Purling, Leeds, Jefferson, and Dayboat Landing.

In addition to this company, in 1916 Henry Albright also owned and operated Coxsackie & Albany Auto Bus Company, Inc.: “Albany (N.Y.) The following petition was received and ordered filed: To the Honorable, the Common Council of the City of Albany: The petition of Coxsackie and Albany Auto Bus, Inc., respectfully shows: That your petitioner is a domestic corporation created and existing under and by virtue of the Transportation Corporations Law of the State of New York, with its principle business office in the village of Coxsckie, Greene County, New York. . . . That the said motor vehicle or bus line proposes to carry passengers from Coxsackie and intermedite points into the city of Albany and from the city of Albany to Coxsckie nd intermediate points and is not intended to carry local passengers within the city of Albany. Dated Coxsackie, N.Y., February 7, 1916. Coxsackie & Albany Auto Bus, Inc. Henry J. Albright, President.

Henry Albright died in May, 1956: From the May 14, 1956 edition of The Kingston Daily Freeman from Kingston, New York: “Henry J. Albright, 68, of Coxsackie, retired president of the Mountain View Coach Lines and a vice-president of the Coxsackie National Bank, died Sunday at Albany Hospital after a three- month illness. Born in New Baltimore, he was a lifelong resident of Greene county, and established his business in Coxsackie in 1916. He retired two years ago and his son, Frank Albright, succeeded him as president of the bus line. . . . He is survived by his wife, Frances Bedell Albright; two sons, Frank and Ervine Albright; two brothers and seven grandchildren survive.” (Note: the date given for Mountain View Coach Lines‘ founding differs from a history of Greene County, which suggests a date before 1915.)

According to one source, Mountain View Coach Lines operated until 1987, after which their routes were taken over by Adirondack Trailways. (There are several nice photos on the Net of this company’s early buses, taken in 1930, and a photo of its office in Maxwell House Hotel Saugerties, New York taken about 1940.)

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MOUNTAINEER BUS LINE was registered in West Virginia in 1953 and has been inactive since 1973. More information needed. The badge is die pressed, measures 2½” x 2½” and has a single threaded post.

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MUNCIE CITY LINES ran in Muncie, Indiana from 1945 until 1981 when it was taken over by the Muncie Indiana Transit System. The badge measures 2 ⅝” with two threaded posts.

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MUNI SF The San Francisco Municipal Railway (SF Muni or Muni) is the public transit system for the city and county of San Francisco, California. Muni is short for the “Municipal” in “San Francisco Municipal Railway” and is not an acronym. The Muni metro is often called “the train” or “the streetcar.” Most San Francisco natives use ‘Muni’ when speaking about the system (Metro & buses) in general.  Below is a cloth badge from the 1970s.

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MUNICIPAL COACH LINE See North Olmstead Municipal Bus Line.


MUNICIPAL MOTOR BUS CO., INC. ran in 1933 in Queens, New York City on 92nd-82nd Street.

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MUNICIPAL RAILWAY EMPLOYEE This San Francisco badge dates at least 75-80 years ago. Gary Hurn writes: “Issued to Muni Transit System worker / employee badge # 1562 – – In the day this badge would allow MUNI employee’s to ride on the cable cars, trolleys and buses for free anywhere within the city’s railway system.” The badge is a pin back, was made by IRVINE & JACHENS S.F., and measures 2⅛”.

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MUNICIPAL TRANSIT In 1906, Joseph T. Jones, a local entrepreneur helped to found the Gulfport and Mississippi Coast Traction Company. In 1925, Mississippi Power Company abandoned trolleys for buses. The Mississippi City Line ran until 1954 when it was succeeded by Municipal Transit Lines, Inc., which ran until 1969. Before the Municipal Transit Lines, Inc., ceased operation, the Mississippi Coast Transportation Authority was formed, but it did not start transit operations until August 16, 1974. The return of bus service marked the end of a 3-year, 4-month period during which the coastal communities suffered with no transportation system. The system operated under the MCTA name until 1985, when it was changed to Coast Area Transit. The name was again changed in 1992 to Coast Transit Authority. There are two badges for this company. The older one was made by FIFTH AVENUE UNIFORM COMPANY 19 SO. WELLS CHICAGO with a single threaded post; not sure if this is the same company since it is a generic badge design used by several companies. Appears to be older than the larger badge. Measures 2 ½ ” x 2 ¾”. The second badge has two threaded posts and was made by GREENDUCK CO. CHI. [Chicago].

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MURFREESBORO-LEBANON BUS LINE was operating in 1928 from Murfreesboro to Lebanon, Tennessee.

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MURPHY BROTHERS LINE was operating in 1923 from Marshfield to Sunset, Oregon over a 12-mile route.

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MURPHY BUS LINES was a little know short line operating in Berks Co., Pennsylvania. The company was founded in 1935. The badge has a single threaded post and was made by Fifth Avenue Uniform Company Chicago. It measures 2 ⅜” wide x 2 ½” high with red, black, and yellow paint.

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MURPHYS & BIG TREE STAGE LINE was operating in the mid 1920s out of Murphys, California. (Murphys is an unincorporated village located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Calaveras County, California.) Ira L. Flanders was the registered contact.

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MURRIETTA MINERAL HOT SPRINGS AUTO STAGE LINE, INC.2 September 1921 Stage Line Incorporates—K. F. Beyerle, owner of the Murrieta Mineral Hot Springs Auto Stage line, has incorporated under the name of the line and applied to the railroad commission today to transfer his interest to the corporation. The equipment is valued at $41,850. The company operates from Los Angeles to Murrieta Hot Springs and Warner Hot Springs in San Diego County.” The company was still operating in the mid 1920s out of Los Angeles, California.

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MUSKEGON CITY COACH LINES was acquired by City Coach Lines, Inc. in 1956. It succeeded Peoples Transport Corporation, which had been in running since 1929 in Muskegon, Michigan. The company was still active in the mid-1960s.

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MUSKEGON HEIGHTS MOTOR COACH COMPANY was operating out of Muskegon, Michigan in the 1940s.

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NANTASKET TRANSPORTATION COMPANY, INC. was listed as a “chartered corporation” by the state of Massachusetts in 1919. The company’s home office was in Hull, Massachusetts, which is also home to Nantasket Beach and presumably the origin of the company name. In 1919 a person named R. McDonald was listed as the company treasurer and at that time the company’s business was selling automobiles. (It is interesting to note that a number of early transit companies grew out of former auto dealerships—the most famous being Carl Eric Wickman and his bus company, The Greyhound Corporation.) The company ran buses between Hull and Hingham, Massachusetts. One source says the company lasted until 1976.

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NAPA VALLEY BUS COMPANY was operating in the late 1920s out of Napa, California. C. E. Brown was the manager.

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NAPA VALLEY STAGE LINE was operating out of Sacramento, California in 1919. The registered contact was J.W. Bingham.

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NASH BUS LINE ran out of Wilson, North Carolina in the mid 1920s. It ran from Wilson to Rocky Mount, via Elm City and Sharpsburg.

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NASHVILLE TRANSIT COMPANY “Charter of Incorporation document for Tennessee Transportation Company, issued by Office of Secretary of State, State of Tennessee August 1926. . . . Indenture agreement between Tennessee Electric Power Company and Tennessee Transportation Company re: use of busses (‘motor propelled vehicles’) for public transportation for the City of Nashville, December 15, 1926.” In 1927 the Tennessee Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which ran Nashville Tennessee’s streetcars, formed a motor-coach subsidiary: the Tennessee Transportation Company. When the Tennessee Valley Authority took over TEPCO in 1940, forcing its liquidation, capital provide by TEPCO and the Tennessee Transportation Company created a new corporation—the Nashville Coach Company—to provide city bus service. In a 1941 reorganization the Southern Coach Lines took over the Nashville Coach Company, as well as the transit system in Chattanooga, which was operated by the Tennessee Electric Power Co. In 1953 the city created the Nashville Transit Authority, and under another reorganization, a new company was inaugurated: Nashville Transit Company. In 1973 the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County applied for a federal grant for the purchase of the Nashville Transit Company. In September 1973, the transfer from private to public ownership was completed and the Metropolitan Transit Authority was officially chartered. The badge has two threaded posts and was made by BASTIAN BROS CO ROCHESTER NY. 

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NASSAU BUS LINE was founded in 1918 and served Far Rockaway, Hewlett, Inwood, Lynbrook, Woodmere and Atlantic Beach, in Nassau County, New York. It was acquired by Schenck Transportation Co in the 1960’s.

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NATCHEZ CITY LINES, INC. was a privately-owned company in Natchez, Mississippi. It took over public transit services from Central Power & Light Company in 1928. The September 12, 1955 edition of the Clarion-Ledger from Jackson, Mississippi carried the story about the company demise: “NATCHEZ The retail division of the Natchez Association of Commerce has scheduled a meet for Monday afternoon to discuss impending abandonment of bus service here by the Natchez City Lines. The meeting was called by Charles Byrne, retail division chairman, at the request of merchants who feel that something should be done to maintain bus service. The Natchez City Lines are scheduled to suspend operations September 30, according to Bill Hudson, operator [owner].” The company is listed in the 1956 MTD, however information for that edition would have been gathered in 1955 when the company was planning to cease operations. In 1955 Natchez had a population of a little over 22,000 and Natchez City Lines was running 14 buses, which shows that it was a small agency and thus badges are rare. The badge here is #5, has two threaded posts and was made by GREENDUCK CO. CHICAGO. Instead of being painted or inlaid, which was usual with this style of badge, this one was gold and nickel plated. (In the below photo, traces of the gold can still be seen.)

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NATIONAL CITY BUS LINES was a bus operator in the borough of Queens in New York City in the 1930s. The company was originally known as Greater Cities Bus Lines. It operated the Q39 bus route before it was taken over by Triboro Coach Corporation.

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NATIONAL CITY LINES, INC., founded by General Motors, was a public transportation company infamous in American transit history for joining in a conspiracy back in 1936 with Firestone Tire, Standard Oil of California and Phillips Petroleum. Their express purpose was to acquire local transit systems throughout the United States, dismantle and replace them with buses, which of course used gasoline and rubber tires. Their actions became known as the General Motors streetcar conspiracy. To carry this out, GM needed someone to oversee their conspiracy; they found the right man in Roy Fitzgerald. He was named as president of National City Lines and, in 1937, formed a subsidiary named Pacific City Lines to purchase streetcar systems in the western United States. His efforts paid off big time for General Motors, Firestone Tire, Standard Oil of California and Phillips Petroleum—so much so that in 1947 National City Lines, Inc., American City Lines, Inc., Pacific City Lines, Inc., the Standard Oil Company of California, the Federal Engineering Corporation, the Phillips Petroleum Company, the General Motors Corporation, the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company and the Mack Manufacturing Corporation were indicted by the Feds on charges of conspiring to acquire control of a number of transit companies, and of forming a transportation monopoly for the purpose of “Conspiring to monopolize sales of buses and supplies to companies owned by National City Lines.” Also indicted were E. Roy Fitzgerald and Foster G. Beamsley of NCL; H.C. Grossman, GM; Henry C. Judd, Standard Oil of California; L.R. Jackson, Firestone Tire & Rubber; Frank B. Stradley, and A.M. Hughes, Phillips Petroleum.

Thanks to a lot of political pressure, in 1949 all were acquitted on the first charge but not the second. The verdicts were upheld on appeal in 1951. However, in what amounts to a travesty of justice, the corporations involved were fined a mere $5000, and their executives (including Roy Fitzgerald) were fined $1 apiece. E. Roy Fitzgerald died of cancer in Chicago on June 15, 1957 at age 64. (Click  here for a list of bus companies taken over by National City Lines.) For more information, here’s a detailed article on the Net: Revisiting the Great American Streetcar Scandal.

Over 1938 and 1939 the company made purchases in Alabama, Indiana and Ohio and by 1939, it owned or controlled 29 local transportation companies in 27 different cities in 10 states. American City Lines, which had been organized to acquire local transportation systems in the larger metropolitan areas in various parts of the country in 1943 merged with NCL in 1946. By 1947 the company owned or controlled 46 systems in 45 cities in 16 states.

A note about National City Lines badges: I have personally seen (or own) a number of badges from companies operated by National City Lines. So far, they are all the same design made by Greenduck Company in Chicago, with two threaded posts and measures 2 ½ x 3″ (some are marked, some unmarked, some with only Greenduck’s hallmarks). The Los Angeles Transit Lines badge shown here is virtually identical to all National City Lines badges, with the exception of the color scheme.

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NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRANSPORT COMPANY was organized in December 1929 by Arthur Hill and John Gilmer, based in Charleston, West Virginia. Essentially, it was a holding company and was set up to buy the capital stock of their own firms, the Blue and Gray Transit Company and the Camel City Coach Company. Doc Rushing writes: In 1931 National Highway Transport Company began using the “brand name, trade name, or service name of the Atlantic Greyhound Lines (while at first retaining its own previous corporate name), then in July 1931 NHT became renamed as the Atlantic Greyhound Lines, with the consent of Greyhound, although the parent Greyhound firm had then acquired only a minority interest in NHT and not yet a controlling (majority) interest.” In 1929, Hill and Gilmer, along with a third partner named Guy Huguelet (of the Consolidated Coach Corporation, of Lexington, Kentucky, which, in 1936, was renamed Southeastern Greyhound Lines), formed Old Dominion Stages. In 1932 Hill and Gilmer bought Huguelet’s one-third interest of Old Dominion Stages and merged the company into Atlantic Greyhound Lines.

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NAVA-HOPI TOURS was based in Flagstaff, Arizona in the 1950s and served Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon.

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NEIBAUER BUS COMPANY was a family operation based in Bristol, Pennsylvania. The company was founded in the early 1930s by Edward W. Neibauer, who served as general manager and purchasing agent (Mrs. Edward W. Neibauer) served as president). In 1932 the Trenton Bristol & Philadelphia Railway Company ceased operations; its routes were taken over by the Delaware River Coach Company. In 1935 its routes were taken over by Neibauer Bus Company. The routes were Philadelphia, Elkins Park, Fox Chase, Croydon, Bristol, Morrisville, Solangborne, Langhorne, Tullytown, Hulmeville, South Langhorne and Newtown. In 1946 the company operated 24 buses over 44 route miles. The company was still listed in the 1956 MTD. There are two known badges: the first has two threaded posts and was marked Providence, R. I. The second has no markings and features two threaded posts.

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NELLIS BUS STAGE LINE was operating in the San Francisco Bay, California area in 1922.

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NELSON AUTO SERVICE was operating in the mid 1920s out of Palo Alto, California. R. M. Nelson was the registered contact.

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NEVADA-CALIFORNIA AUTO STAGE COMPANY was operating in the mid 1920s out of Tonopah, Nevada. Perry White was the owner, who later sold to Dan Haskins.

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NEVADA TRANSIT COMPANY began to operate the intercity Reno-Sparks bus line on June 15, 1927 after Reno Traction Company closed down streetcar service in the Reno, Nevada area.  It was still operating out of Reno, Nevada’s Union Stage Depot in 1940. In 1952 the company was running 12 buses over a 10-mile route. In 1956 the company was operating 15 buses over 9 route miles. Some information on the company’s later history comes from this article in the September 27, 1977 edition of the Reno Gazette-Journal from Reno, Nevada: “New owners of the troubled Nevada Transit Co. asked the Reno City Council Monday to increase its subsidy from $30,000 to $85,000 a year, but the council took no action. Ralph Lawrence, who purchased the bus line this month, told councilmen he wants to increase the bus service and apply to the Public Service Commission for an area-wide authority. Lawrence said he would consider selling the company if he got a buyer. He said he had to buy the Nevada Transit Co. when he bought Nevada Central Motor Lines, which is a charter line and a subsidiary of the bus company.” In the Spring of 1978 the company requested permission to suspend bus operations.

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NEVIN BUS LINES, INC. was founded in the 1920s and was based in Jersey City, New Jersey. It was named for the owner, Harris Nevin who ran the company as an intrastate passenger line. (A December 1, 1932 schedule noted that the company had a Western Division and had offices in Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Toledo, Akron, Ohio, Kansas City, Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago (two offices), East St. Louis, Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri and Canton. It also ran in New York, Maryland and Washington, D.C.) By 1927-1928 the company was running 126 buses. The company also ran a subsidiary, the Queens Bus Lines, Inc., from the same company address with the same company officers. In May 1930 Nevin Bus Line was sued by the Pennsylvanian Railroad Company alleging the company was “conducting an intrastate passenger transportation business without a certificate of public convenience . . .” On Saturday, February 18, 1933 The Pittsburgh Courier carried an advert for an attorney named Samuel S. Cohen: “Attorney Samuel S. Cohen, manager Nevin Bus Lines, announces the lowest rates in the bus history. Mr. Cohen is a long life [sic] resident of the Fifth ward . . The Nevin Bus Line is located at 1011 Liberty Avenue.” This is interesting because one month later in May 1933, Nevin Bus Lines, Inc. was being sued in New York City by the husband of a passenger for damages in an accident involving one of their buses. The reason that this is relevant is because it revealed that the company was bankrupt: “On March 28th, 1933, the said Nevin Bus Lines was duly adjudicated a bankrupt.” However, as the case unfolded, it was discovered that the company attorney, William M. Nevin (who was undoubtedly related to the owner) had committed fraud. “July 11, 1933: Plaintiff’s attorney discovered that the Queens Bus Lines, Inc. is a subsidiary of the Nevins Bus Lines, Inc.; that the officers of the Nevin Bus Lines, Inc., are the same officers of the Queens Bus Lines, Inc. and they shared the same physical address, that both companies have the same attorney (William M. Nevin) and that he serves as the secretary and treasurer of both companies.” The company’s badge is a die-pressed, pin back type with no maker’s mark.

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NEVIN-QUEENS BUS CORPORATION I’m assuming the “Nevin” part of this company was the above “Nevin Bus Lines, Inc.” The reason for my assumption is that Nevin Bus Lines, Inc. was being sued in New York City by the husband of a passenger in May 1933 for damages in an accident involving one of their buses. The plaintiff added the Queens Bus Lines, Inc. as a co-defendant—a motion that was dismissed.  The judge ruled: “The Nevin Bus Lines is a separate and distinct corporation from the Queens Bus Lines, Inc. On March 28th, 1933, the said Nevin Bus Lines was duly adjudicated a bankrupt. The Queens Bus Lines, Inc. was not and is not involved in said bank.” I’m not sure if the Nevin-Queens Bus Corporation and the Queens Bus Line, Inc. were one and the same, however if you read the entry above for Nevin Bus Lines you will discover that both that company and Queens Bus Lines, Inc. were the same company/corporation. The Nevin-Queens Bus Corporation ran in the 1930s until 1935 in Queens, New York City on Hillside Ave-Springfield Blv.; Sutphin Blvd.-Rockaway Blvd.

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NEW BEDFORD AND ONSET ST. RY. CO.  operated electric trolleys from 1900’s into the late 1920’s in New Bedford, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Marion, Wareham & Onset, Massachusetts. The badge is a pinback and hallmarked.n3


NEW BERLIN BUS COMPANY was operational in the 1960s out of New Berlin, Wisconsin. There’s not much information other than it was primarily a school bus operation and that it was bought in ca. 1980 by Miles M. Laubenheimer (1922-2014), who also owned Safeway Transport, Muskego Transport and Allyn Bus Company. The badge is die-pressed brass with gold plating, has one threaded post and one pin post and measures 2¾” x 2¼”.

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NEW CASTLE-KNIGHTSTOWN, RUSHVILLE BUS LINE ran in 1932 in New Castle, Ind.

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NEW CASTLE TRANSIT COMPANY, INC. was operating out of Indianapolis in 1925 from the new Red Ball Bus Terminal. There is a mention of the company in the June 7, 1925 edition of the Indianapolis Star from Indianapolis: “ANOTHER MACK BUS ADDED BY NEWCASTLE [sic] TRANSIT CO. Traffic has increased to such an extent over the Anderson-Newcastle-Richmond [sic] route that the Newcastle Transit Company of Newcastle, Ind. [sic] has found it necessary to add another Mack bus, parlor-car type, seating twenty-five passengers, to their equipment. The company now operates a fleet of fifteen busses, seven of which are Marks, over five routes In the vicinity of Indianapolis.” In October 1925 the company was granted a certificate to operate between New Castle and Greenburg, Indiana. In June 1926 the company sold one of its franchises and in August filed for a preliminary dissolution. There is no further information after that date.

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NEW ENGLAND TRANSPORTATION COMPANY, INC. was organized in 1925 as both a interstate trucking company and an intercity motor bus subsidiary of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Company. In the early 1930s the company bought and operated two subsidiaries, the Berkshire Motor Coach Lines, Inc. and the Victoria Coach Line, Inc. In 1937 The Greyhound Corporation formed the New England Greyhound Lines to take over three routes of the New England Transportation Company and its two subsidiaries – the Berkshire Motor Coach Lines and the Victoria Coach Lines – plus the Quaker Stages Company and the Old Colony Coach Lines, two independent unrelated firms. (The four smaller companies ceased to exist after their acquisition, leaving a reduced New England Transportation Company continuing to operate.) In the 1940s the company advertised: “New England Transportation Co.; Serving 146 Cities and Towns in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.” The company was still in business in 1956 and was headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island running 127 buses in Southern New England. In November 1958 the company sold all its remaining routes and went out of business. (The company’s trucking concerns continued to operate.) The badge has a pin-back, measures approx. 1⅓” x 1⅓” and is nickel plated.

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NEW JERSEY INTERURBAN COACH COMPANY From the website of Trans-Bridge Lines, Inc. comes the following info: In 1923, this company had purchased a trolley company, The Northampton, Easton, and Washington Traction Company, which was established in 1906. New Jersey Interurban eventually replaced its trolley cars with coaches which first operated on February 7, 1925. On September 5, 1941 A. J. Ferraro founded the Phillipsburg-based Trans-Bridge Lines, Inc. when he took over the New Jersey Interurban Coach Company. Trans-Bridge Lines is still in business.

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NEW JERSEY MOTOR TRANSIT COMPANY I acquired this original photo several years ago. With the help of a jeweler’s loop, I could clearly read the logo on the side of the bus, which read “New Jersey Motor Transit Co. Belt Line”. Try as I have (using all the major search engines), I can find no mention of this company anywhere. The photo clearly shows a bus from ca. 1915, and the fact that its sign board reads “CITY HALL” indicates it was a city bus service. At any rate, for now this company remains a mystery.

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NEW JERSEY TRANSIT (NJT) was founded on July 17, 1979 as an offspring of the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT). The badge has two threaded posts and measures 2 ¾” in height & 1 ¾”.

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NEW ORLEANS RAILWAY DEPT. NEW / ORLEANS PUBLIC SERVICE operated public transportation from 1922 until 1983 in New Orleans, LA. The first badge was issued in the early 1920s for streetcar use. Buses were added in the late 1920s, and operators also used the badges. The older badge was made of nickel plated copper with a single threaded post and measures approx. 2 ½” x 2 ¼” The later badge was made of die pressed aluminum.

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NEW YORK BUS SERVICE provided express bus service between Midtown Manhattan and the Bronx from 1970 until MTA Bus Company assumed operations on July 1, 2005. The company was founded in the mid-1940s under a different name (Parochial Bus Service) to provide school bus service. It began operating racetrack services from the Bronx and Upper Manhattan in 1949 (as New York Bus Tours). There are two badges for this company. The older badge is made of nickel-plated metal and has two threaded posts; the newer badge is made of enameled metal and features two different bus designs (the first design looks like a GM “fishbowl” bus), and both have two threaded posts.

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CENTRAL NEW YORK COACH LINES was founded in 1930 by Harrison S. Sweet and remained in his family until its purchase by Birnie Bus Service / Birney Tours in the 1995. The company ran two routes out of Utica, New York: to Syracuse and to Little Falls. In 1946 the company ran 38 buses over 78 route miles. Harrison Sweet was president.

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NEW YORK CITY OMNIBUS CORPORATION  (GREEN LINES)  (NYCO) was formed in 1926 with John A Ritchie as President. (Richie was also president of The Omnibus Corporation founded a year earlier.) It ran bus services in New York City between 1926 and 1962. It expanded in 1935/36 with new bus routes to replace the New York Railways Corporation streetcars when these were dismantled. It further expanded with the acquisition of the Fifth Avenue Coach Company from The Omnibus Corporation in 1954. NYCO was renamed the “Fifth Avenue Coach Lines, Inc.” in 1956, becoming bankrupt in 1962, after which operations were taken over by the Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority. (From Wikipedia.) The badge is marked Robbins Co. Attleboro, Massachusetts, has two threaded posts and measures approx. 2″ x 2 ½”.

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NEW YORK CITY RAILWAY COMPANY (Information from Wikipedia: The Interurban Street Railway Company was incorporated on November 25, 1901 to take over the bankrupt North Mount Vernon Street Railway. The Interurban leased the overcapitalized and water-logged Metropolitan on February 14, 1902, and the newly formed Metropolitan Securities Company acquired the stock of the Interurban, which itself took over the stock of many of the Metropolitan’s subsidiaries. The Interurban’s name was changed to the New York City Railway Company on February 10, 1904.

The New York City Interborough Railway began operating street railways in the Bronx and Upper Manhattan on May 31, 1906, feeding the stations of the Interborough Rapid Transit Company, which controlled it. Prior to this, in January 1906, the Interborough and Metropolitan agreed to consolidate their holdings, and the Interborough-Metropolitan Company was incorporated on January 24 and acquired a majority of the stock of the Interborough Rapid Transit Company, Metropolitan Street Railway, and Metropolitan Securities Company. The Panic of 1907 toppled the system, and on September 24, 1907 the New York City Railway entered receivership.

After entering receivership, New York City Railway’s leases and operating agreements were canceled and their properties were turned over to the receivers of the subsidiaries in 1908. The pin-back badge is marked for an instructor, is made of die-pressed brass and measures 2 ¼” x 1 ¾”. The maker’s mark is AM. RY.-S. CO. NY.

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NEW YORK CITY SURFACE M Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chartered by the New York State Legislature in 1965 as the Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Authority (MCTA). The MCTA dropped the word “Commuter” from its name and became the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) on March 1, 1968 when it took over operations of the New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) The badge has one threaded post & pin post.

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NEW YORK CITY OMNIBUS COMPANY operated in Manhattan, New York City. “It was first organized as a bus subsidiary of New York Railways Corporation to take over that company’s routes as they were converted from streetcar to bus operation. It controlled, and ultimately merged into its own operation, two smaller bus companies: Madison Avenue Coach Company, Incorporated and Eighth Avenue Coach Corporation. It also took over most, but not all, of the operations of Green Bus Lines when that company gave up its Manhattan franchises for franchises in Queens. . . . In 1940, it took over the Houston St.-Av. C line from the Triangle Bus Company, giving it the route number 21. In 1956, the company bought out Third Avenue Transit Corporation and had that company sell its bus routes (operated by Third Avenue’s subsidiary, Surface Transportation Corporation of New York) to NYCO. It then dissolved Surface Transportation Corp. and created a new subsidiary, Surface Transit, Inc., to run the ex-Third Avenue routes. The company also took over operations of the Fifth Avenue Coach Company, but decided that the Fifth Avenue name was better known, and so adopted the name for the consolidated company of Fifth Avenue Coach Lines. The company’s routes were taken over by the Manhattan & Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority following a transit strike in 1962.

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NEW YORK-KEANSBURG BUS COMPANY was running in 1929 in New Jersey, since it is mentioned in a utility commissioners’ order dated Wednesday November 20, 1929 from Red Bank, N. J. (It was “unlawfually” operating a route between Jersey City and Keansburg without necessary municipal consents.) It is mentioned in the 1956 MTD and was connected to the LONG BRANCH BUS LINE, INC. Both were intercity companies serving New York City, Keansburg and Long Branch, New Jersey. Both were operated by the Keansburg Steamboat Company, and ran 20 buses over 120 route miles. (Since NEW YORK-KEANSBURG BUS COMPANY was not listed in the 1946, nor 1952 MTD and is listed in the 1954 directory, it may not be the same company that is mentioned in the 1929 judgement case.) NEW YORK-KEANSBURG BUS COMPANY was running in the 1970s and 1980s, and had an office in Middletown Township, New Jersey. There is a badge known for the company, which measures 2¾” and has two threaded posts.

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Drawing of the New York-Keansburg badge. 

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NEW YORK & NORTH SHORE TRACTION COMPANY (NY&NST) was founded in Queens, New York City in 1902 as a trolley company named the Mineola, Roslyn & Port Washington Traction Company. It was renamed in 1907 as the New York & North Shore Traction Company. By the late-1910s the NY&NST replaced their trolley cars with buses, the majority of which operated in Queens. In 1920 the NY&NST failed and on August 14, 1923 Joseph Rauchwerger founded the Rauchwerger Bus Company to take over the NY&NST streetcar routes.

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NEW YORK TRANSIT Information needed on this badge. It is hallmarked ORBER MFG CO. PAWTUCKET R.I. It measures approx. 2 ½”.

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NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT AUTHORITY / NYCTA The New York City Transit Authority (also known as NYCTA, The TA or simply Transit, and branded as MTA New York City Transit) is a public authority of New York that operates public transportation in New York City. Part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the busiest and largest transit system in North America, the NYCTA has a daily ridership of 7 million trips (over 2 billion annually). It operates the following systems: New York City Subway, a rapid transit system in Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. Staten Island Railway, a rapid transit line in Staten Island (operated by the Staten Island Rapid Transit Operating Authority) is a NYCTA subsidiary. The badge is die pressed and has a single threaded post.

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NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT SYSTEM This was the predecessor to the New York City Transit Authority, which replaced  the New York City Transit System in 1953. The badge dates before that year, i.e., 1930s-1953. It measures approx. 2″ round, and is a pin & clasp type made of nickel-plated brass.

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NEWSOM BUS LINE ran a route from Covington, Ky. to Visalia, Ky. I found the following entry on the Internet: “Operation of the Newsom Bus Line Co.. Visalia, was taken over yesterday by the Bridges Brothers, Inc., Visalia, following announcement in Frankfort that the latter concern had filed articles of incorporation with the. Secretary of State. listing capitalization at $12,000. Russell E. Bridges. Superintendent of Fort Thomas Schools, one of the Incorporators, said the line would follow nearly the same route as that of the Newsom concern. He explained that Paul Newsom, former opetator of the bus line, would continue to operate the Newsom bus line which follows the Taylor Mill route.” This excerpt came was in a Cincinnati newspaper for August 9, 1946.” The company went out of business in 1956. The badge has two threaded posts.

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NI-SUN LINES, LTD. (aka NI-SUN BUS LINES) was founded by Walter Nisun prior to 1927, and took over the defunct Nuway Lines, which was formerly known as the Safeway Lines. Primarily the company operated from Kansas City, Missouri to Detroit, Michigan. (At the same time Nisun owned and operated DETROIT-CHICAGO MOTOR BUS COMPANY, INC., and would later form the Sunny South Lines.) In May 1928 Ni-Sun Lines was one of four bus companies that formed an airplane passenger service in Kansas City to connect with their bus lines. A newspaper notice noted that “The company gives free bus service from the downtown district to its flying field. The charges on long flights will be 35 cents a mile with one passenger; 17½ cents for two passengers; 16⅔ cents for three passengers and 12½ cents when four passengers are carried.” An August 17, 1928 article in The Evening Review from East Liverpool, Ohio gave additional information: “The territories served by the four bus lines which entered the agreement follow: Purple Swan — New York to Chicago. Ni-sun Lines — Detroit to Kansas City. Paradox Lines — Kansas City to work will offer transportation east to Boston, as far south as Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas . . . De Rapid Transit Lines — Kansas City to Tulsa.” In 1935 Ni-Sun Lines was sold to All American Bus Lines, which later became the American Buslines.

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NIAGARA FALLS COACH LINES, INC. was founded by Michael J. Argy, Sr. in the early 1950s and incorporated on April 26, 1966. It operated in Niagara Falls and Lewiston, New York. In 1956 the company operated 35 buses over 760 route miles. Today the company operates a school bus service.

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NIAGARA FRONTIER TRANSIT SYSTEM, INC. / NFT was born in 1950 after the International Railway Co. (IRC) filed bankruptcy/reorganization in 1949. (The IRC surrendered all its assets to the new company in 1950.) The company ran a city service in both Buffalo and Niagara Falls, New York from 1950 thru 1967 when it was replaced by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Corporation (NFTA). In 1956 the company operated 390 buses over 676 route miles. The first badge is thin die pressed, single threaded post and made by BASTIAN BROS CO ROCHESTER NY. The second badge is a later style and is nickel plated.

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NIAGARA GORGE BUS LINE was a subsidiary of Niagara Gorge Railroad Company and ran in Niagara Falls, New York in 1921. (The Niagara Gorge Railroad—forming part of the Great Gorge Route—was an interurban railway which ran at the bottom of the Niagara Gorge at water level from Niagara Falls, New York to Lewiston, New York.) The Niagara Gorge Bus Line was bought out by the International Railway Company (IRC), which operated in Western New York State and a southern portion of the Province of Ontario. The IRC would later sell the company to the Niagara Falls Power Company.

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NIAGARA GRAY BUS LINES, INC. was running in New York between 1920-1927 with 17 buses. In 1921 it was located at 38 W. Falls St., Niagara Falls, New York. Operations of the Niagara Gray Bus Lines from Niagara Falls to Lewiston, Youngtown, and Fort Niagara were acquired and merged into the International Railway Company system on June 16, 1936.

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NIPTON-SEARCHLIGHT AUTO PASSENGER & FREIGHT SERVICE was operating in the mid 1920s out of Searchlight, Nevada. James T. Hawkins was the registered contact. (As an aside, in the year 1927 the company paid $5.08 in taxes for transporting passengers and .92 cents in taxes for freight.)

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NOGALES-BISBEE STAGE COMPANY ran in 1946 and was headquartered in Nogales, Arizona. It ran 3 buses over 246 route miles. (The company was owned by Citizens Auto Stages and was located at the same address with the same manager and staff.) In 1971 the The Nogales School Board awarded the company a contract for transporting school children.

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NOKOMIS BUS LINE, INC. was founded by Luciano Costa and a brother in 1924 as an intercity bus line in Decatur, Illinois. In 1925 the company operated between Decatur and Pana to Hillsboro, Illinois. The August 4, 1928 edition of the Decatur Herald of Decatur, Illinois gives more information about the company: “Elmer H. Baldus of Belleville, Illinois announced the purchase of the Nokomis Bus Line by Motorway, Inc. of St. Louis, of which he is president and general manager. Among the companies operated by Mr. Baldus have been the Blue Goose between St. Louis and Belleville. The Nokomis Bus Line has been owned by the Coast [sic] Brothers and has operated between Pana, Nokomis and Hillsboro and . . . Mattoon. It was announced by Manager Baldus that the old buses of the Nokomis line will be sold and new and modern ones purchased and installed in the service.”

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NORDLINE STAGE COMPANY was owned and operated by A. L. Nordby and J. E. Crow, and in March 1930 made twice-a week trips from Nordland, Washington to Port Townsend, Washington offering passenger and freight se rvice. By 1936, their depot was in the McCurdy Building located at the corner of Water and Taylor Streets in Port Townsend.

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NORFOLK-CAROLINA BUS CORPORATION was operating in the mid 1920s. It was a line that serviced Black neighborhoods (designated as “colored” in 1925) running in Elizabeth City, North Carolina to Norfolk, Virginia—a distance of about 47 miles.

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NORFOLK SOUTHERN BUS CORPORATION “The Norfolk Southern railroad found its passenger business threatened by highway development in the mid-1920s, and as with many railroads in that period, the NS created a highway bus subsidiary, the Norfolk Southern Bus Corp., commencing operations in June 1926. The NS bus routes primarily paralleled the rail lines.” (From the Wikipedia article “Transportation in Virginia Beach, Virginia.”) In the summer of 1936 the company complained to the Prince Anne Sheriff’s office that black-owned jitneys were undercutting their 35¢ fare transporting black swimmers to the beach in the Tidewater region of southeast Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The badge is a single threaded post example made by FIFTH AVENUE UNIFORM COMPANY 19 SO. WELLS CHICAGO. Single screw post. Based on the bus style, my guess is that this badge dates from the 1940s-1950.

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NORMAN BUS LINES served Natchitoches, Many and Mansfield, Louisiana.

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NORTH ALABAMA TRACTION COMPANY provided streetcar service in Decatur, Alabama. It started running after 1904, and replaced the Decatur Street Railway. It was running in 1915 when W. A. Bibb was general manager. As to the company’s fate, we find this from the Supreme Court of Alabama, dated April 16, 1925: “It further appears that North Alabama Traction Company went into the hands of a receiver; that its property was sold under decree of the United States District Court.” Note that the court case was filed in April 1925, by which time the North Alabama Traction Company was already out of business. The company was succeeded by Decatur Transit, Inc.

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NORTH AMERICAN BUS LINES I’ll have to admit I’m stumped on this one. I can find no mention of the company on the Net, nor is it to be found in any of my many transit books—including my various editions of Mass Transportation’s Directory. So, I’m hoping someone will help on this one! The badge appears to be an oldie, dating to the streetcar days; it is made of nickel, measures approx. 2″ in length, and is a pin back.

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NORTH BEND BUS COMPANY (See Dunthorpe Motor Transport, Inc.)


NORTH BEND STAGE LINES, INC. / EVERGREEN TRAILWAYS, INC. / EVERGREEN BUS COMPANY By one account North Bend Stage Lines began operations in 1919; by another it was in August 1921. Two partners, Emil A. Arneson (1887-1968) and W. A. Cochran, began operating two touring cars between Seattle and North Bend, Washington. In 1925 the company was incorporated. That same year it acquired Preston-Issaquah-Seattle Stage Line and Cascade Mountain Stage Line. The company joined the National Trailways Bus System in 1940, and began operating as Evergreen Trailways. The company acquired Redwood Stage Company in 1946 and that same year North Bend Stage Lines’ name was legally changed to Evergreen Trailways, Inc. In 1946 the company was headquartered in Seattle and served Issaquah, North Bend, Redmond and Kirkland with 14 buses over 240 route miles; Emil Arneson was the president and his son, Elwood L. Arneson (1915-2002) was general manager. Jon Hobijn, writes: “On December 29, 1950, Arneson leased all the routes of Evergreen to Lake Shore Lines, and as of mid 1951, were operated as East Side Lines. In 1954, the lease expired and the routes were permanently transferred and sold to Lake Shore Lines, which later was known as Metropolitan and then Seattle Metro, the transit authority. Thus, 1954 was the end of Evergreen Trailways for the first time.” After leasing the company’s routes to Lake Shore Lines, in August 1951 Elwood Arneson formed Evergreen Bus Company and continued to operate as Evergreen Trailways. By 1954 the company was operating only 4 buses over 21 route miles. That year Elwood Arneson sold his company to Island Transit. But Elwood Arneson wasn’t finished with the bus business. Back in 1921 Index Stages was formed to operate buses between Monroe and Index, Washington. By 1945 the company was running into Seattle. That year four partners bought the company—one of whom was Emil A. Arneson. In 1954 the partners sold the company to Elwood Arneson and one of partners named Walt Bourdage. Bourdage then sold his share to William Niskanen, who was vice president and general manager of Pacific Trailways / Mt. Hood Stages, Inc., located in Bend, Oregon. In the 1956 MTD Elwood Arneson was listed as Evergreen Bus Company / Evergreen Trailways’ president and general manager; the company was still operating 4 buses over 21 route miles. (Bourdage’s name isn’t mentioned.) According to Jon Hobijn, in July 1960 Elwood Arneson purchased Bremerton-Tacoma Stages, Inc. and in 1972 joined National Trailways Bus System as Cascade Trailways. Jon Hobijn, goes on to note that Arneson sold the company in 1978 to Tom Harmon and Roger Peck. (There is some conflicting info here, so the reader should check out Cascade Trailways’ entry.)

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NORTH BUS LINES, INC. I’ve been unable to find this company in any of my reference books, nor on line. Given its age and pristine condition, it may be a salesman’s sample with a mock company name. It came in a lot with another badge which is also untraceable to an actual bus company. More info needed. The badge is die-pressed brass and nickel-plated, measures 2″ x 2¼” and has one threaded post.

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NORTH COAST LINES / NORTH COAST TRANSPORTATION COMPANY This company’s history starts in Seattle, Washington with Stone & Webster Management Company, which was founded in Boston by engineer-entrepreneurs Charles A. Stone and Edwin S. Webster. By 1899 Stone & Webster’s subsidiary, Seattle Electric Company, owned the city’s 22 streetcar lines. These were consolidated into the Puget Sound Traction, Light & Power Company, which succeeded the Seattle Electric Company. This company built an interurban line from Seattle to Tacoma, which it called the Puget Sound Electric Railway, commencing service on September 25, 1902. In 1912, Stone & Webster created another subsidiary, Pacific Northwest Traction Company. In 1926 this company created a bus subsidiary called the North Coast Transportation Company. In 1927 North Coast Transportation Company introduced motor buses to shuttle passengers between terminals, and integrated bus and rail service known as the North Coast Lines. In turn, sometime in the 1930s the North Coast Lines set up a subsidiary named THE $4.00 LINE PORTLAND – SEATTLE. In 1932 the company served Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham, Everett, Olympia, Aberdeen, Centralia, Chehalis, Kelso, Longview and Vancouver, Washington, from whence it ran into Portland, Oregon. The company was known for buying the unique Kenworth “double-decker” highway coaches for their operations. In 1946, federal regulators ordered Puget Sound Traction, Light & Power to divest North Coast Lines, ending the company’s involvement in interurban transportation. The company was sold to The Greyhound Corporation in October 1948 for over $2 million. This included the company’s large bus terminal in downtown Seattle. Following the sale the company’s name was changed to North Coast Greyhound Lines, but in 1950 was consolidated into Northwest Greyhound Lines, Inc. The cloisonne badge measures 2″ in diameter. It is considered a rarity among badge collectors.

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Images from a 1932 North Coast schedule. Courtesy of kygelberhund.

North East Transportation Co., ran in 1927 in Waterbury, Conn.


NORTH FORK STAGE COMPANY was operating in the mid 1920s out of Fresno, California. D. Moyers was the registered contact.

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NORTH EAST BUS LINES I have a badge photo, but can find no company with this name after an Internet search and a search of all my own resources. The nearest company is the North East Transportation Company, Inc. from Waterbury, Connecticut, which was operating in the 1940s and 1950s. It doesn’t appear these two companies are connected, so this entry remains a mystery.

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NORTH EAST TRANSPORTATION COMPANY, INC. was a city bus service operating in Waterbury, Connecticut in the 1940s and 1950s. It operated 8 buses running 7 route miles in 1956.

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NORTH HENNEPIN TRANSIT operated northwest of Minneapolis to Robbinsdale and Crystal Village. First subsidized by MTC in 1970, acquired by MTC in 1971. The badge is die pressed with a single threaded post and measures 2⅜” .

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NORTH MUSKEGON BUS LINE This company was operating in the 1940s and ran from Muskegon, Michigan to North Muskegon and Michigan State Park.

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NORTH OLMSTED MUNICIPAL BUS LINE / N. O. MUNICIPAL BUS LINE / N. O. MUNICIPAL COACH LINE  According to Wikepedia, this company was founded as a division of the Village of North Olmsted, Ohio in response to the discontinuation of the Cleveland-Southwestern interurban rail system; it began operations at 5:15 AM on March 1, 1931 with two buses; its revenues on its first day of operation was $24.65. For some reason there is no mention of the company in the 1946 MTD, however, the 1954 MTD shows 27 buses operating over 35 route miles; the 1956 MTD shows 25 buses operating over 17 route miles. The company was being operated by the local government, with the town’s mayor listed as the chief officer. (It’s drivers and other employees were employed by the city of North Olmsted.) It served North Olmsted, Parkview, Fairview Park, Olmsted Falls and Westlake, Ohio. The company was in operation for over 74 years until March 20, 2005, when it was absorbed into the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. The badge shown below is a later example made of nickel-plated metal with two threaded posts.

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NORTH PENN BUS LINE In 1972 this company took over bus routes from Lehigh Valley Transit Company in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Lehigh Valley Transit’s origins date back to 1893 in Allentown, Pennsylvania; the company continued until 1972 when it ceased operations. At that time Lehigh Valley Transit was operating in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton, Pennsylvania. I’m not sure how many of these routes were picked up by North Penn Bus Line. More info is needed. The badge is made of nickel, has two threaded posts with no makers mark.

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NORTH SACRAMENTO STAGE LINE was operating in the mid 1920s out of Sacramento, California. W.H. Pimental was the owner.

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NORTH SHORE LINE See CHICAGO NORTH SHORE & MILWAUKEE RAILROAD


NORTH SHORE BUS COMPANY / NEW YORK & NORTH SHORE TRACTION COMPANY (NY&NST) was founded in Queens, New York City in 1902 as a trolley company named the Mineola, Roslyn & Port Washington Traction Company. It was renamed in 1907 as the New York & North Shore Traction Company. By the late-1910s the NY&NST replaced their trolley cars with buses, the majority of which operated in Queens. In 1920 the NY&NST failed and on August 14, 1923 Joseph Rauchwerger founded the Rauchwerger Bus Company to take over the NY&NST streetcar routes. On April 21, 1926 Rauchwerger founded the North Shore Bus Company, which then absorbed his Rauchwerger Bus Company. On September 22, 1935 the company bought the Flushing Heights Bus Corporation. In 1947, the North Shore Bus Co. became the only major bus company in Queens to fail, resulting in the New York City Board of Transportation taking over its routes. Those routes are currently operated by the New York City Transit Authority, except for one route which was not transferred to the Board of Transportation, but to Triboro Coach Corporation, which operated the route until Triboro’s routes were taken over by the MTA Bus Company in 2006.

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NORTH STAR LINE, INC. was founded in 1922 in Battle Creek, Michigan. The September 29, 1927 edition of the Battle Creek Enquirer from Battle Creek, Michigan, offers some background: “Effective October 1, Battle Creek is to be linked with Grand Rapids by through bus service, via Hastings, four busses leaving and arriving daily with the union bus station on South Jefferson avenue as the local terminal. The bus line from Battle Creek to Hastings, operated for the last eight years by Weldon Bronson of Hastings, has been purchased by the North Star Line. Inc.. of Grand Rapids, which has been operating bus lines out of Grand Rapids for the last five years. The North Star Line last March purchased a bus line linking Hastings and Grand Rapids, which had also been operated by Mr. Bronson, and its purchase of the Battle Creek-Hastings line makes possible through bus service between the two cities. The Battle Creek-Hastings-Grand Rapids bus route will be by way of Caledonia and Middleville. New type busses are to be put in service on the through bus line, according to Harold Wood, secretary of the company.” In 1946 the company was running from Grand Rapids to Howard City, Rockford, Big Rapids, Belding and Greenville, Michigan with 8 buses over 93 route miles. The company was still operating in 1978.

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NORTHEASTERN MISSOURI LINES, INC. / NORTHEASTERN MISSOURI GREYHOUND LINES, INC. / C & H TRANSIT INC. Northeastern Missouri Lines, Inc. was incorporated on June 25, 1946 in Missouri with John E. Evans as the registered agent and a director. The July 10, 1947 edition of the Mexico Ledger from Mexico, Missouri, reported: “Northeastern Missouri Greyhound Lines, Inc., was formed here with Robert H. Finley and W. Wallace Fry as local officers.” Northeastern Greyhound Lines commenced service on June 1, 1948 serving Hannibal, Mexico, Fulton and Jefferson City, Missouri with 6 buses running 222 route miles. In June 1948 P. W. Tibbetts was the company president with Robert H. Finley as vice president. In 1954 E. F. Freeman was the company president and Robert H. Finley was vice president. (Finley also owned and operated Finley Bus Line in Mexico, Missouri with 6 buses running 26 route miles and ran between Mexico and Paris, Missouri. Finley Bus Line was mentioned in the 1946 MTD but was missing from the 1956 edition.) According to Chicago Transit & Railfan, in 1956 Northeastern Missouri Greyhound Lines was renamed as Northeastern Missouri Lines, which means it reverted to its original name. That company operated until July 6, 1972, at which time its operating authority was transferred to C & H Transit Incorporated.

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NORTHEASTERN TRANSPORTATION COMPANY  See Massachusetts Northeastern Transportation Company.


NORTHEND  BUS COMPANY  was running in New Jersey in 1959.


NORTHERN BUS COMPANY was running in 1927 in Scranton, Pa.

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NORTHERN ILLINOIS BUS LINES was operating before 1921 as an intercity company in northern Illinois. That year the company was shown as operating $2,000 in the red. Since there is no other information, we might conclude that it was out of business by the next year.

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NORTHERN ILLINOIS SERVICE COMPANY In 1926 was serving Dixon-Mendota-La Salle, Illinois.

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NORTHERN INDIANA TRANSIT In 1905 Indiana Railway Co. combined with Chicago & South Shore Railway Co., forming Northern Indiana Railway Co. This company and its successor, Northern Indiana Transit after 1940, operated local buses replacing the interurban railways from South Bend to Elkhart/Goshen and Niles. The badge has two threaded posts with no indication as to the maker.

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NORTHERN NECK TRANSPORTATION COMPANY / NORTHERN NECK AUTO TRANSPORTATION COMPANY was in operation in the late 1920s running a route out of Richmond, Virginia. In June, 1928 it sold its franchise to the Richmond-Washington Motor Coaches, Inc., which was owned by Robert Lee May. In April 1929 May sold the Richmond-Washington Motor Coaches, Inc. to Motor Transit Corporation, which was to shortly change its corporate name to The Greyhound Corporation. The information about this company is found in the following article published in the Rappahannock Record, from Kilmarnock, Virginia for June 21, 1928: “The Northern Neck Transportation Company has sold its franchise to the Richmond-Washington Motor Coaches Inc., according to an announcement made recently, and the State Corporation Commission at Richmond has granted authority to the latter to take over the routes formerly run by the Northern Neck Company. The change will become effective at once, it is said. The Northern Neck Auto Transportation Company has for several years been operating lines between this city and Warsaw and between King George and Colonial Beach. For the immediate future the change in ownership will mean no change in the schedule of the lines operated either between this city and Richmond and Washington or the lines operated to the Northern Neck points but changes may be made later. One of the buses operated on the Northern Neck lines will be replaced, it was announced, by a bus of larger capacity which formerly was in use between Richmond and Washington but which was replaced when the present buses were put on the Capital to Capital route. R. L. May a former Spotsylvania County man, who is president of the Richmond-Washington Motor Coast Lines, was in the city recently for a short time attending to details in reference to the transfer of the Northern Neck Lines to his company.”

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Northern Ohio Power & Light Co., ran in 1927 in Akron, Ohio


NORTHGLENN BUS LINES The only info I have on this badge is that it’s from Northglenn, Colorado. The badge measures 2 ½” x 2 ½”.

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NORTHWEST TRANSP. (NORTHWEST TRANSPORT) I have no information on this company, but judging from the style, the badge is at least 50 years old. It has two threaded posts and no maker’s mark.

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NORTHWESTERN MOTOR BUS COMPANY According to the state of Michigan, the company was founded in Ironwood, Michigan on June 22, 1926. However, we shall quote three newspaper items, one from 1929, another from 1951 and the third from 1993, which places the company’s founding in 1919 and/or 1921. It may be that, prior to 1926, the company operated under a different name, or in fact had not registered its business with the state. The September 20, 1929 edition of the Ironwood Daily Globe from Ironwood, Michigan, gives background info on the company’s founding: “Approximately ten years ago, the Northwestern Motor Bus company started its motor bus route, and now, after eighteen months consideration with them of the service rendered, and the receipt of a petition signed by approximately 600 citizens, requesting the discontinuance of the street-car service, we are convinced that bus operation will more adequately meet the needs of the community and give the bus line a better chance to service the public, if the street railway is eliminated. The bus company will provide service not only over U. S. Highway No, 2, between Ironwood and Bessemer, but also over the Old County Road. With the establishment of this service, which is adequate both as to schedule and routes, and in most cases at a fare less than that now charged by the street railway, need for continued operation of the Street railway has ceased to exist.

The March 9, 1951 edition of the Ironwood Daily Globe, gives a different date for the company’s founding: “Sir, it’s been well over 30 years – since 1921 – that there has been no increase in fares on the Northwestern Motor busses. Making both ends meet – another way of saying making income cover out-go, is an ever present problem with us. We at the Northwestern Motor Bus Company are finding this problem especially difficult these days. Our payroll, an important item, has through pay increases nearly doubled its pre-war figure. We have added a great deal of new equipment. Our regular maintenance costs, gasoline, oil, tires, everything – have, with the general trend of commodities, risen steadily. In spite of this, our fare structure has been the same for thirty years. So let’s review the facts: FACT No. 1: No Fare Increase in Over Thirty Years. FACT No. 2: Tremendously Increased Operating Costs. FACT No. 3: Service Not Only Maintained, but Actually Expanded. You can see our problem is a serious one. it amounts to this: How can we continue to furnish transportation at pre-war prices – under present economic chaos. WHAT’S THE ANSWER? Effective Thursday, March 15th The Northwestern Motor Bus Company will make new fare rate adjustments to meet increased demands in costs and expenses! NORTHWESTERN MOTOR BUS COMPANY IRONWOOD Phone 1919 BESSEMER Phone 8821 WAKEFIELD Phone 5741.

Another item about this company’s founding is from the February 25, 1993 edition of the Ironwood Daily Globe: “Many remember the Northwestern Motor Bus Company, or perhaps the Bessemer Taxi Company. Both of businesses were started in 1919 to serve the transportation needs of the area. . . . Buses ran from International Falls to Green Bay, to the Keweenaw Peninsula and also Marquette on a regular schedule.

In 1946 the company was running 4 buses over 22 route miles. It served Ironwood, Jessieville, Bonnie, Puritan, Yale, Bessemer, Resettlement, Reno, Grand View, Ramsay, Plymouth and Wakefield, Michigan. In 1956 the company was located in Bessemer, Michigan and was running 5 buses over 14 route miles serving Bessemer, Ironwood and Wakefield. The company was dissolved by the state of Michigan in 1999.

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NORTHWESTERN STAGE LINES is a subsidiary of BOISE-WINNEMUCCA STAGES, which was incorporated in Idaho in 1939. Northwestern Stage Lines was incorporated in Idaho in 1946. It is primarily a family owned business with its roots in Boise, Idaho. The company owns nineteen buses and also does business as Northwestern Trailways. Daily route service is between Boise and Spokane via Lewiston; Spokane and Seattle/Tacoma via Wenatchee Omak and Ellensburg.

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NUECES TRANSPORTATION CO. succeeded Nueces Railway Company in 1933 operating streetcars and buses in Corpus Christi, Texas and ran until 1966. The badge is die pressed and has a single threaded post.

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BUS COMPANIES BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER “O”


O.R.B. Co. See OLIVER & RICKARD BUS LINE / OLIVER & RICKARD BUS COMPANY


OAKDALE COMMUNITY GARAGE & BUS LINE, INC. was operating in 1926 in Dedham, Massachusetts. In February 1939 the company had been forced to give its drivers an increase of eight percent (8%) per hour. In 1946 the company operated 12 buses over 19 route miles and was controlled by Myron and Paul Chamberlain. The company is not listed in the 1954 MTD.

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OAKLAND-TUOLUMNE STAGE LINE was operating in the mid 1920s out of Oakland, California. The line ran to Alameda. Hepstead and Rawlings were the registered contacts.

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THE OAKWOOD STREET RAILWAY COMPANY, INC. This company received a charter in Dayton, Ohio in February 1875, with Gabriel B. Harman acting as Treasurer. Route 3 was a mule car driven by Dave Weeks and ran from the corner of Main and Third streets, along Brown Street, up Oakwood Avenue and through the Five Points intersection to Park Avenue (near today’s Smith Gardens) where it turned around. “The streetcar came up every hour. Weeks would stop to rest the horse and blow his horn signaling Oakwood’s first residents to hurry out of their front doors and start for the car. One of the early regulations was that ‘no car should be drawn faster than six miles an hour . . . and that in making turns, mules or horses should not be driven faster than a walk.'” The company went bankrupt in 1876 and was sold at auction to Charles Bailey Clegg (1842-1918), whose family would lead the company for the next seven decades. By the 1930s the company was running a single rail route that extended from the southern limits of Oakwood, a municipality located at the south edge of Dayton, through the Dayton Central Business District, and then across the Great Miami River to a nearby loop in Lower Dayton View. This route served the National Cash Register Company, which allowed the company sufficient revenues to keep operating through the Depression. On January 19, 1936 the company converted their rail line to an electric trolley bus operation. This service was augmented with the purchase of Wolf Brothers Bus Line, which was operated as a motor bus subsidiary and renamed The Dayton Suburban Bus Lines, Inc.

In 1946 the company was running 15 dark red & gold trim trackless trolleys over 11 route miles. The company’s last year is glimpsed in the February 22, 1956 edition of The Daily Reporter from Dover, Ohio: “A major bus strike is scheduled to start March 7 in this city of 244,000 people. Drivers and maintenance men of City Transit Co., voted 212-0 last night to strike on that date, according to Howard G. Steele, president of Local 1385. The local is part of the Amalgamated Assn. of Street Electric Railway and Motor Coach Employees of America, City Transit carries 95 per cent of Dayton’s bus commuters or 120,000 people daily. Six days before, the strike deadline, City Transit is scheduled to consolidate with Oakwood City Railway Co. and Dayton Suburban Bus Line Co., which together carry 20,000 commuters daily to city suburbs. A strike by City Transit’s 300 drivers and maintenance men could affect operations of Oakwood and Dayton Suburban, which together have 65 employees. Stoppage of all three lines would practically paralyze the city’s transportation network. Private cars and taxis are the only other means of mass transportation. his head.”

In 1955 City Railway Company and Dayton & Xenia Railway Company merged, forming City Transit Company. The following year The Oakwood Street Railway Company was sold to City Transit Company, which consolidated all transit lines in the city of Dayton. In 1972 City Transit Company became the publicly-owned Miami Valley Regional Transit Authority, which was renamed Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority in 2003.

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OCCIDENTAL BUS LINE was founded by Roy Laos, Sr. in ca. 1925 to run bus service in the west and south sides of Tucson, Arizona along side of Tucson Rapid Transit. In 1949 Roy Laos took on a partner named Emery Johnson and they changed the company name to Old Pueblo Transit. In 1978 the company was purchased by Sun Tran, which was formerly Tucson Rapid Transit.

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OCEAN SHORE AUTO STAGE COMPANY was operating in the mid 1910s out of Tunitas, California. The following is a brief history of the company, which came from a post on the Net: “I Asked Railroad Historian John Schmale Posted on March 6, 2009 by June Morrall: Where did the Auto Stage pick passengers up on the Coastside? The Ocean Shore Auto Stage company’s route was from Tunitas, in San Mateo County, to Swanton in Santa Cruz County. The franchise for the route was granted to them by the State Railroad Commission to connect the railheads and bridge the 26 mile ‘Gap.’ The buses (two 12- passenger ‘Stanley Steamer Mountain Wagons’ with convertible tops) ran to San Francisco only when the Ocean Shore Railroad was shut down by mud slides and washouts, which was fairly often. When the two Steamers operated to San Francisco and towns other than their assigned route they were really in violation of their franchise. However, the Railroad Commission looked the other way. Beginning in about 1914 several auto jitney and bus lines began competing with the Ocean Shore Railroad including the ‘Coastside Transportation Company’ and the ‘Red Star Stage Line’ which operated along the coast in San Mateo County. They used conventional gas-powered vehicles and served Moss Beach, Marine View, Salada, Vallemar, Rockaway, San Pedro, Montara, Half Moon Bay, and other towns. The Coastside Transportation Company had its northern terminal in San Francisco. The Red Star line traveled along Market Street in San Francisco and went as far as Pescadero.

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ODESSA-KANSAS CITY BUS LINES was operating out of the Union Bus Terminal in Kansas City, Missouri in the early 1940s.

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ODESSA – MIDLAND BUS LINES The only thing I could find on this company was an El Paso Herald-Post 1973 newspaper article about the company being fined $500 in a federal court for five violations of Interstate Commerce Commission regulations. The violations involved a driver driving more than the allotted number of hours per day in trips from Presidio, Texas to New Mexico. I assume the company was located in Texas. The badge has two threaded posts and was made by HOOKFAST PROVIDENCE R. I.

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OGLESBY MOTOR TRANSPORTATION COMPANY. La Salle-Wenona (1928, Oglesby Motor Transportation Co.) Illinois


THE OHIO BUS LINE COMPANY was founded in 1928 as an intercity bus service operating between several small communities in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. Suburban and intercity bus routes included Cincinnati, Hamilton, Middletown, Dayton, Ohio an Richmond, Indiana. In 1946 it ran 44 buses over 204 route miles. A March 19, 1945 news item in the Piqua Daily Call from Piqua, Ohio, mentioned that “The Dayton and Western Ohio Airlines, Inc., is owned by three major intercity bus companies, the Cincinnati & Lake Erie Transportation Company, the King Brothers Company and the Ohio Bus Line Company.” In 1956 the company was controlling the Ohio Valley Transit Lines in Addyston, Ohio. In 1956 Cincinnati Transit Company was listed as a holding company. At that time they had a fleet of 84 buses. The badge is thin nickel and die struck with two threaded posts. Approx 2 ½ x 2 ½ inches. (NOTE: I’ve seen several of these, including my own example, and all have had two flat head bolts cemented to the badge as mounting posts. I’m guessing that’s the way they came from the factory.)

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OHIO BUS LINES was operating in the 1930s with executive offices in Cincinnati, Ohio. The company was founded in 1923, and ran coaches between Cincinnati, Hamilton, and Middletown, Ohio, and cities in Indiana. The badge measures approx 2¾”x 2¼” with a single threaded post.
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OHIO-KENTUCKY INTERSTATE BUS COMPANY was owned and operated as an interstate line in the 1920s by Thomas Magnuson of Norwood, Ohio. In 1927 the company brought suit in a United States District Court against Griffin Kelly, Commissioner of Motor Transportation of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, which stemmed from complaints by two bus companies, Red Dot Coach Lines and Consolidated Coach Corporation, and the Southern Railway System. “This suit is before us on motion for preliminary injunction. It is a three-judge case. The injunction sought is to restrain defendants from interfering with the operation of plaintiff’s interstate passenger bus line between Dayton, Ohio, and Lexington, Ky., and threatening to arrest his operatives in its operation.” The company’s route was as follows: “. . . in Ohio extends from Dayton to Cincinnati, passing through five other stations between these points. That in Kentucky extends from Covington through Newport, Alexandria, and Butler, a few miles south of which last-named station it strikes what is known as the Eastern Dixie Highway or United States Federal Highway No. 25, and runs therefrom and thereon through Falmouth, Cynthiana, and Paris to Lexington. The line consists of seven-passenger touring cars, which are to make four trips each way each day.” Ohio-Kentucky Interstate Bus Company won their injunction in December 1927, but the company doesn’t seem to have survived into the 1930s.

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THE OHIO MOTOR BUS COMPANY The company was organized in June 1921 by I. C. Robinson and R.E. McCollum. The company operated over 13 route miles in the city of Columbus, Ohio, and ran a route between Columbus and Westerville, Ohio.

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OHIO RAPID TRANSIT COMPANY, INC. There’s not a lot of historical info on this company. In February 1948 Harry W. Arnold bought the Arcodel System, Inc., which was formed on October 11, 1933 in Columbus, Ohio by H.E. Haynes, D. M. Munro and K.H. Pyle. The story behind this company seems to be that it was formed to purchase several small Ohio bus companies and place them in this corporation to operate as a system. At the time Arnold bought the Arcodel System he already owned and operated Ohio Rapid Transit CompanyLake Shore Coach Company, Red Star Way and Fairlick Stages, all of which ran under Arnold’s Lake Shore System. The story was reported in the Monday, February 9, 1948 edition of the Sandusky Register from Sandusky, Ohio: “NEWARK, O., Feb. 9 (UP)—The Ohio Rapid Transit Co., Newark, has purchased the Arcodel System of inter-city bus companies connecting Columbus, Newark. Zanesville, Woodsfield, and Marietta, it was revealed today. Harry W. Arnold, president of ORT, said the purchase will extend the ORT system to Toledo and Cleveland through connections with the Lake Shore Coach Co. The ORT also owns subsidiaries in Sandusky, Newark, Mansfield, and Zanesville. Arnold said the addition of the Arcodel system is part of an expansion program financed by n $500,000 bond issue. R. L. Jacobs, general manager of the Arcodel system, will be in- charge of Arcodel operations under Mr. Arnold.” By the mid 1950s, Arnold’s Ohio Rapid Transit Company, Inc., which was essentially a holding company, owned and operated the following Ohio transit companies: Capital State, Inc., City Rapid Transit Lines, Inc., Fairlick Stages, Inc., Granville Motor Stages, Inc., The Lakeshore Coach Company, Mansfield Rapid Transit, Inc., Muskingum Val. Transit, Sandusky Rapid Transit, Inc., The Zaneville & Marietta Transportation CompanyNewark Transit, Inc. and Zaneville Rapid Transit, Inc. The company was still operating in the 1960s. Harry Arnold died on Tuesday Nov 19, 1963 age 61 in a Sarasota, Florida. (For more information, see Lake Shore System and Arcodel System, Inc.)

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OHIO RIVER MOTOR COACH COMPANY was formed in March 1936. It operated a single route of 20 miles between Aliquippa and Pittsburgh, Pennsylavania, serving Ambridge, Sewickley, Haysville and Emsworth. The company was owned by Stanley and Frank Ference, who had previously owned the Ference Brothers Bus Lines. Ohio River Motor Coach Co. was acquired by Port Authority Transit (PAT) in 1964. The badge is a single threaded post die pressed example.
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OHIO VALLEY BUS COMPANY was an interstate concern operating in the early 1920s. In a case before the Ohio Supreme Court dated December 1925, its route was described thus: “Over the protest of the of Cannon Ball Transportation Company, the Public Utilities Commission granted the application of the Ohio Valley Bus Company for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to operate motor transportation over the same route; it appearing in the application that the Ohio Valley Bus Company already had a certificate granted by the State’s Roads Commission of West Virginia to operate motor transportation over the highways of the state of West Virginia between the city of Huntington and the Ohio river, in the direction of Ironton, Ohio. It is therefore an interstate operation.” In 1941 the company was running 49 buses over 57 miles; Joseph Harvey Long was the general manager. In 1956 the company was operating 106 buses over 195 route miles. The company was in business into the 1960s-1970s. A 1974 Ohio state report had this entry: “Ohio Valley Bus Company, 1749 Washington Avenue, Huntington, West Virginia — Leonard Samworth, President. This company, which operated an intercity and a mass transportation service between Huntington, West·Virginia and Ironton, Ohio, is no longer in operation. Its certificate was revoked early in 1973.”

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OHIO VALLEY TRANSIT LINES In the 1950s this company was controlled by The Ohio Bus Company. It served the town of Addyston, Ohio.

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OKLAHOMA TRANSPORTATION CO. / CITY BUS COMPANY So far I’ve not found a founding date for this Oklahoma City based intercity bus company. It was operating in the late 1930s with Tom Cooper as president and Moss Patterson as vice president and general manager. Its schedule takes three pages in the 1939 Russell’s Guide. By 1945 the company was well established and was running 80 buses over 936 route miles. In November 1946 it bought the assets and took over the management of the bankrupt Oklahoma Railway Company, which had operated streetcars in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma since 1907, and was running 125 buses over 162 route miles. The owners and management of the Oklahoma Transportation Company formed the City Bus Company to assume city operations in Oklahoma City and to become the holding company for both businesses. Streetcars were discontinued in 1946. From 1954-1977 it was affiliated with Mid-Continent Coaches and Southwest Coaches. The Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority was established on February 1, 1966 by the Oklahoma City Council to replace City Bus Company after the company announced it would discontinue city service. Their fleet of 18 buses were leased to the new company, which was named Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority (COTPA). In 1975 the company was renamed to MassTrans. In 1992 it was renamed METRO Transit, and 2013 as EMBARK. In 1977 Oklahoma Transportation Company was absorbed by Mid-Continent Coaches and Southwest Coaches. The badge measures 2 ¼” x 1⅞” and has two threaded posts.

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OLANCHA-DARWIN STAGE was operating in the mid 1920s out of Olancha, California. Jesus Romero was the registered contacts.

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OLD COLONY COACH LINES, INC. was operating in the 1930s from Boston, Massachusetts. It ran between Boston and New York City, between Boston and Saint Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, just across the border from Calais, Maine, via Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Portland, Augusta, and Bangor, all three in Maine. In 1937 The Greyhound Corporation formed the New England Greyhound Lines to take over three routes of the New England Transportation Company and its two subsidiaries – the Berkshire Motor Coach Lines and the Victoria Coach Lines. About this time Greyhound also acquired Quaker Stages Company. After the acquisition all these bus companies (with the exception of New England Transportation Company) ceased to exist. In January 1938 Old Colony Coach Lines ordered three new coaches from American Car & Foundry CompanyACF. The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on January 26, 1939 reported that The Greyhound Corporation “issued stock to Old Colony Coach Lines, Inc., for certain property and operating rights, chiefly in New England.” After Old Colony Coach Lines was absorbed by Greyhound, it ceased to exist.

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OLD DOMINION STAGES was formed in 1929 in Roanoke, Virginia by Arthur M. Hill (owner of the Blue and Gray Transit Company, of Charleston, West Virginia), John Lash Gilmer (owner of Camel City Coach Company, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina), and Guy Huguelet (owner of Consolidated Coach Corporation, of Lexington, Kentucky, which, in 1936, was renamed Southeastern Greyhound Lines). The line ran between Knoxville, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C., via Bristol, Wytheville, Roanoke, Lexington, Staunton, and Winchester, Virginia. Service began in November 1929. In 1931 Arthur Hill and John Gilmer and some other investors, organized Atlantic Greyhound Lines. In 1932 Hill and Gilmer bought Huguelet’s one-third interest of Old Dominion Stages and merged the company into Atlantic Greyhound Lines.

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OLD SOUTH COACH LINES was formed in 1929 to buy a 59-mile route from the Alabama Bus Company that ran between Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It was owned and operated by John Gilmer, who had founded the Camel City Coach Company of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. That company became part of the National Highway Transport Company of Charleston, West Virginia, which in turn was renamed the Atlantic Greyhound Lines in 1931.

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OLD SPANISH TRAIL BUS LINE was incorporated in 1927, along with Lone Star Bus Line (running in Texas),  as the Bowen Motor Coach Company. (See that entry for more information.)

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OLEAN, BRADFORD & SALAMANCA RAILWAY COMPANY The following history is excerpted from “Power for the Last Century Roller Rink Had Roots in Electric Generation” By Ken Clark, Special to the Times Herald Olean, New York, June 2005. “The Olean Street Railway Company started in 1880 as a horse-draw line. It converted to electric cars in 1893, thus starting the era of the trolley in Olean. The company merged with a trolley company in Bradford as well as a third company which linked the two cities in 1906 to form the Western New York & Pennsylvania Traction Company. The term ‘traction’ was used in the era to refer to electric propulsion of rail vehicles within and between cities. It was derived from the ‘traction motors’ which hung under the rail cars and provided the power to move them. The same concept today is called ‘light rail.’  . . . This traction company grew to nearly 100 miles of electrified track and eventually linked Olean with Bradford and Salamanca. Its line were extended to Bolivar, Shinglehouse, Little Valley and Lewis Run, Pa. . . .  In 1921 the traction company entered receivership (a form of bankruptcy) and was reorganized as the Olean, Bradford & Salamanca Railway Company. . . .  The company shut trolley operation down completely in 1927 to be replaced by a bus line.” The bus line mentioned above was Olean, Bradford & Salamanca Bus Line, Inc.

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OLEAN, BRADFORD & SALAMANCA BUS LINE, INC. succeeded the Olean, Bradford & Salamanca Railway and operated buses in Salamanca and Olean and between Olean and the New York State line via Limestone and between Bradford, Jamestown and Salamanca in the 1920s. In the January to June, 1927 edition of the Electric Railway Journal, volume 69. The entry says: “At the beginning of the year only a few major properties remain under the protection of the courts, and these are rapidly clearing up their difficulties so that it is likely that several of them will emerge from receivership before the end of 1927. These are the Olean, Bradford & Salamanca Railway and the Utah-Idaho Central Railroad, the latter road having also emerged from receivership in 1926. Both of these are interurbans, as are all but a few of the other defaulting companies.” The Olean, Bradford & Salamanca Railway went out of business in 1927 and transferred its franchises and property (i.e., its bus line) to Alvin R. Bush of Philipsburg, Pennsylvania. (Bush owned Philipsburg Motor Bus Company and would also buy the Williamsport Transportation Company of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where he served as president and general manager. He went on to serve as a U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania from 1951-1959.)

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OLIVER & RICKARD BUS LINE / OLIVER & RICKARD BUS COMPANY was operating in the mid 1950s in Russellville, Alabama. It was founded by D. M. and L. K. Oliver and A. Rickard, and ran 3 buses over 80 route miles. The company is not listed i the 1954 MTD, nor can I find any mention of the company on the Internet; moreover it is not mentioned in any of my references other than the 1956 MTD. As for the badge below belonging to Oliver & Rickard Bus Company, I’m not sure, but there is no other bus company that would fit these initials in any of the many references I’ve checked. The badge is made of chrome-plated metal with two threaded posts and measures 2½” x 2¼”.

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OLSEN’S AUTO SERVICE was operating out of Portola, California in the mid 1920s. It was owned and operated by M.M. Olsen.

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OLYMPIC BUS LINES operated in the North Olympic Peninsula, Washington and was purchased by Jack and Vicki Heckman in 1988. With partial grants from the FTA and Greyhound Lines, Inc., in 2008 they launched the Dungeness Line—emblazoned with its namesake crab. (The Dungeness Line was an independent agent for Greyhound, and made a connection to Greyhound’s downtown Seattle location.) The company’s buses made two trips daily between Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend, Discovery Bay, and Kingston, to and from Edmonds, downtown Seattle, and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and offered charter service. The company ceased operations on Sunday, July 1, 2018 and its routes were taken over by Greyhound Lines, Inc.

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A Dungeness Line bus parked at the Haines Place Park & Ride in Port Townsend, Washington in 2017. Photo courtesy of kygelberhund.

O. & C. B. STREET RAILWAY COMPANY / OMAHA & COUNCIL BLUFFS STREET RAILWAY COMPANY  began operations in 1902. It ran until 1955, when street cars were discontinued. That year the Omaha Transit Company took over operations. The badge is die pressed, has two threaded posts and measures 2 ⅜”. (See Omaha Transit Company.)

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O&CB / OMAHA & COUNCIL BLUFFS RAILWAY AND BRIDGE COMPANY, known as O&CB, was incorporated in 1886 in order to connect Omaha, Nebraska with Council Bluffs, Iowa over the Missouri River. It was sold to the The Omaha and Council Bluffs Street Railway Company in 1902. In 1948 the company became the Council Bluffs Transit Co. The badge shown below was identified by a collector as a Council Bluffs, Iowa transit badge. The initials “OCB” narrows it down to two possible agencies: 1) the Omaha & Council Bluffs Railway & Bridge Co., which ran from 1888 until 1902; 2) the Omaha & Council Bluffs Street Railway Company, which ran from 1902 until 1948. Without further info, and given the design of the badge, I’m guessing the below badge belongs to the latter company. The badge is enameled brass, has a single threaded post and measures approx. 2½”.

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OMAHA TRANSIT COMPANY took over transit operations in Omaha, Nebraska in 1955 from the Omaha & Council Bluffs Street Railway Company after the company discontinued streetcars. The company operated until 1971. Their badges are identical in design to those of the Omaha & Council Bluffs Street Railway. The badge has one threaded post and one pin post, measures approx. 2 ⅜” and was made by MEYER & WENTHE CHICAGO.

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O’NEALS BUS SERVICE was a private bus charter company running out of Wilmington, Delaware and operated by Joseph E. and Ethel B. O’Neal. It was running in the summer of 1952 when it advertised in a local paper. There are few more mentions of the company in the local papers, all having to do with transporting school children. In the 1970s and 1980s it operated from O’Neals Bus Terminal 4125 Concord Pike (Rt. 202). The badge is made of base metal and has two threaded posts.

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ONONDAGA COACH COMPANY, INC. ONONDAGA COACH CORPORATION is an intercity company formed in New York in 1953. That was the year Onondaga Coach Company took over the line previously abandoned by the Cayuga Omnibus Corporation. In 1956 it was running 10 buses over 78 miles serving Auburn, Marcellus, Skaneateles, Split Rock and Syracuse, New York. M.H. Bank was president. The company expanded their runs in the 1960’s through a mutual agreement with The Greyhound Corporation. In the early 1990’s Onondaga Coach ceased line run operations completely and gave their line run rights to Centro, who still oversees those scheduled services. Onondaga Coach switched its focus completely to Charter and Tour services. In 2013 Onondaga Coach Corporation celebrated 60 years of service.

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OPERATING AUTHORITY / OA is the MaBSTOA (Manhattan and Bronx Surface Surface Transit Operating Authority) of New York City. The badge is die pressed with a single threaded post. It is one of the more common transit badges out there. (Also see New York City Transit Authority and Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority.)

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ORANGE BUS LINE was running out of Oxford, North Carolina in the mid 1920s. It ran to Durham, Henderson, N.C. and Chase City, Virginia.

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ORANGE & BLACK LINES I’ve yet to find any info on this company. I’ve not found it listed in the many books and other publications in my collection. The badge shown below features a bus that is from the 1930s, which offers a hint as to the age of the company. The July-December 2011 issue of Motor Coach Age has an article on “Orange & Black Lines”, which I have not seen. I will note that the Orange & Black Bus Lines, which was founded in 1955 (see the below entry), is occasionally mentioned in articles as “Orange & Black Line”, such as in a 1975 Princeton Alumni Weekly article about George Robert Carr’s appointment as general manager of Maplewood Equipment Company of New Jersey. This company was New Jersey’s second largest bus company and controlled Warwick Lines, Intercity and Northeast Coach Lines and “Orange and Black Lines.” It is possible this company is the same as the below company, being bought by Theodore Richmond and then incorporated in 1955 as “Orange & Black Bus Lines.” (Note, that “Orange & Black Lines” is mentioned in a 1954 Bridgewater, New Jersey article, which was before Orange & Black Bus Lines 1955 incorporation; it is mentioned in a 1960 Asbury Park, New Jersey article and a 1971 Kingston, New York article.) The badge is die-pressed and has a single threaded post.

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ORANGE & BLACK BUS LINES, INC. was incorporated on December 16, 1955 as a “foreign business corporation type” and registered in New York City. It ran buses in New Jersey to New York City. The company’s owner was Theodore J. Richmond, who owned a number of transit-related businesses, along with numerous financial companies. To get a glimpse of his his holdings, we can look at a court case dated February 23, 1968: “In 1932 Theodore J. Richmond formed a New Jersey corporation named Manufacturers Credit Corporation to conduct a finance business. Sometime prior to 1948 it became a holding company and by 1967 a complex of twenty-six subsidiary or affiliated companies had been incorporated or acquired. Mr. Richmond was president of each company and controlled its affairs. The stock of each was owned directly or indirectly by Mr. Richmond, his wife and two daughters.” Among Richmond’s transit holdings were the following bus companies: Inter-City Transportation Co., Inc. Franchised Inter-State Bus Line; Northeast Coast Lines Franchised Inter-State Bus Line; Orange & Black Bus Lines, Inc. Franchised Inter-State Bus Line; Warwick-Greenwood Lake & New York Transit, Inc. Franchised Inter-State Bus Line; Homestead Transit Co., Inc. Franchised Intra-State Bus Line; Inter-City Lines of New York, Inc. Franchised Intra-State Bus Line; Lake Region Coach Co., Inc. Franchised Intra-State Bus Line; New Jersey-New York Transit Co., Inc. Bus Leasing; Warwick Coaches, Inc. Bus Leasing. In 1956 the company was operating 75 buses over 15 route miles. It served Fairview, Cliffside, N. Bergen, Union City, W. New York, New Jersey and New York City. Ike Englehardt was the president. The badge is a solid metal type with two threaded posts and features a bus from the 1950s.

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ORCHARD GAP BUS LINE was operated by Tommie Nixon in the mid 1940s. It operated out of Mount Airy, North Carolina over N. C. Highway 104 to North Carolina-Virginia State Line and returned over the same route.

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OREGON, CALIFORNIA & NEVADA COMPANY was operating out of Reno, Nevada’s Union Stage Depot in 1940.

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OREGON MOTOR STAGES / OREGON MOTOR STAGES, INC. Apparently, there were two companies doing business in Oregon with this name, although they were separated by at least ten years and seem to have had no connection. The first, Oregon Motor Stages is found operating out of Salem, Oregon in the 1910s: The March 13, 1913 issue of Motor Age published this about the company: “Oregon Motor Stages Go All Winter: The territory in and around Redmond, in central Oregon, is ideal for motoring and at no time during the present winter have the roads been too bad for travel by machine. Motor stage lines have been in operation all winter between Bend and Burns and Redmond and Prinville.

The second company was founded as a subsidiary of the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1927 to “replace remaining steam trains and the entire electric rail operation centered in Portland, Oregon.” (It is possible that the SP bought out the above company and made it into a subsidiary, however there is no info about such a transaction. That same year the SP had already founded a subsidiary named the Southern Pacific Motor Transportation Company—that company was later reorganized as Pacific Greyhound Lines.) Oregon Motor Stages was incorporated in 1931. At some point in the 1930s, the company’s ownership passed to R. W. Lemon, who served as president and general manager. In May 1942 the company acquired the Spokane-Portland & Seattle Transportation Company. By 1945 the company was “. . . the largest intrastate bus company operating in Oregon. Stages operated its motor busses as a public carrier pursuant to a permanent franchise under the rules and regulations of the Interstate Commerce Commission.” That same year owners L. D. Jones, T. D. Wilson and the family of R. W. Lemon, put up the company for sale. It was acquired by Ezra Royce, Barney Royce, Robert T. and Agnes C. Jacob, and L. R. Bentson, who was the uncle of Ezra and Barney Royce. (Bentson sold his shares in the company that same year.) In 1946 the company served Portland, Astoria, Seaside, Tillamook, Conalles, Newport, Salem and McMinville, Oregon with 117 buses over 120 route miles. In addition to intercity service, the company operated city services in Salem from 1929 until 1929, and in Eugene from 1929 until 1949. In 1954 Pacific Greyhound Lines acquired the operating routes and equipment of Oregon Motor Stages, Inc. and the company ceased all operations.

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OREGON TRAIL STAGES was operating in 1923 from LaGrande to Joseph, Oregon over a 72-mile route. In 1927 it was operating a route between Pendleton, Oregon and Boise, Idaho.

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OREGON-WASHINGTON RAILROAD & NAVIGATION COMPANY , ran in 1927 in Pendleton, Ore.

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ORIGINAL STAGE LINE, INC. began operations in 1913 as an auto-stage company serving Los Angeles to San Fernando, California. It operated through 1939 when it was bought out by the newly-formed Asbury Rapid Transit, which also purchased Pasadena-Ocean Park Stage Line at the same time. Asbury operated in the San Fernando Valley and was acquired by Metropolitan Coach Lines, a subsidiary of Pacific Electric Railway, in 1954.

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ORIOLE LINES See INTERSTATE STAGES, INC.


ORIOLE MOTOR COACH LINES, INC. began in 1919 with a small 16 mile route from Bridgeville, Pennsylvania to Dormont Junction where it connected to the Pittsburg Railways Company line. It was owned by John Collavo. In 1921 the company ran a route between Greentree and Downtown Pittsburgh. In April 1928 John Collavo sold controlling interest of the company to Joseph Supan, who incorporated the operation as The Oriole Motor Coach Lines, Inc. In time Oriole Motor Coach Lines became the largest independent bus company in the Southwest region of Allegheny County. On March 12, 1964 the corporation was taken over by Port Authority Transit (now the Port Authority of Allegheny County). At that time it was running 51 buses over 8 routes and carried some 3,260,000 riders per year.

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ORLAND-ELK CREEK AUTO LINE was operating in the late 1920s out of Elk Creek, California. C. H. Ellis was the owner.

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OROVILLE-ADELAIDE TRANSIT COMPANY was operating out of Oroville, California in the mid 1920s and ran to Butte, Montana. F.S. Frye was the registered contact.

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OROVILLE-LUMPKIN AUTO STAGE was operating out of Oroville, California in the mid 1920s and ran to Butte, Montana. Morgan D. Levulett was the owner.

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OROVILLE-MERRIMAC STAGE LINE was operating in the mid 1920s out of Oroville, California.

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OROVILLE-WOODLEAF AUTO SERVICE was operating in the mid 1920s out of Oroville, California and ran to Butte, Montana. The registered contacts were Merian and Merian.

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ORRS SPRINGS STAGE was operating in the mid 1920s out of Orrs, California. A.P. Weger & Sons were the registered contacts.

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OTEEN BUS COMPANY, INC. operated out of Asheville, North Carolina in the 1940s. In 1942 the route was Asheville from Pack Square, over College Street into Highway No. 20 (now U. S. Highways Nos. 70 and 74); thence through Beaucatcher Tunnel down to the intersection of Highways Nos. 10 and 20 at Haw Creek School; thence follows U. S. Highway No. 74 (by Jack Weaver’s restaurant) via Municipal Golf Course and Recreation Park to property known as United States Public Health Hospital at Oteen.

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OVERLAKE TRANSIT SYSTEM was founded in 1927 by Charles Claringbould, who operated buses between Roanoke and Beaux Arts, (King County) Washington. In 1936 the company extended service to Medina, Bellevue and Issaquah. In 1962 the company acquired Suburban Transit System and Lake Shore Lines. In 1964 Overlake Transit System consolidated operations into Metropolitan Transit Corporation. In 1965 the company acquired The Greyhound Corporation’s suburban service to Tacoma, Everett, Auburn and Kent and merges these into Metropolitan Transit Corporation. Facing low ridership and possible bankruptcy, in 1973 the company sold out to Seattle’s Metro Transit for $1.2 million.

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OWENS BUS LINE COMPANY was operating in 1928 in Tennessee. No further info found.

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OWENSBORO RAPID TRANSIT COMPANY, INC. / OWENSBORO CITY BUS LINES, INC. / OWENSBORO CITY TRANSIT See the main menu tabs at the top of this page for Owensboro, Ky. Transit Hist.


OWENSBORO CITY RAILROAD COMPANY, INC. See the main menu tabs at the top of this page for Owensboro, Ky. Transit Hist.


OWOSSO-FLINT BUS LINES, INC. / INDIAN TRAIL LINE / INDIAN TRAILS BUS LINES, INC. This company was founded in Owosso, Michigan in 1910 by Wayne E. Taylor and his wife, Cora Phillips Taylor.  Originally known as the Phillips-Taylor Livery Service, it specialized in moving passengers and freight from the local Durand Union Train Depot to points around Shiawassee County. The couple started out with a Model T Ford taxicab, which they ran night and day. In 1916, when the demand arose for a bus service from Owosso to Flint, the Taylors bought an old bus and named their business the Owosso-Flint Bus Lines. Information from the company’s website recalls “By the time World War I began, they were serving passengers all the way from Saginaw and Bay City to Flint and Detroit. During the war years, Wayne Taylor served in the Army Signal Corp and saw combat in France, while Cora ran the growing bus line, a little heard of practice in those days. Another first for the company saw Cora ‘man’ the wheel of those early highway cruisers, becoming the first woman in Michigan to be issued a chauffeur’s license. Today, in recognition of her many accomplishments, Cora’s portrait hangs in the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Hall of Honor.

By 1929 the company had expanded, as this August 21, 1929 edition of the Battle Creek Enquirer from Battle Creek, Michigan shows: “A new bus schedule for Bellevue has taken place recently. A new company with headquarters in Owosso is now operating and buses run oftener than formerly. The company is known as the Owosso-Flint Bus Lines, Inc., and through Bellevue is running nine east bound buses and 10 west bound buses. The line runs from Battle Creek to Flint and is called the Indian Trails route. The Flint-Owosso -Lansing-Battle Creek division which runs through Bellevue, is the biggest one operated by the company.Historic Views of Owosso and Corunna Michigan gives additional history: “By the early 1930’s The Owosso-Flint Bus Line had become known as the Indian Trail Route in reference to its primary route of travel along US-12, which was locally known as the ‘Old Indian Trail’. A student of Michigan history, Cora Taylor researched some 65 native Indian Chiefs and began the tradition of ‘christening’ each coach in honor of a native Michigan Chief. The tradition continues to this day, with each Indian Trails coach proudly bearing the name of one of the founders of the Indian trail.(For more information and photos of this company, see HISTORIC VIEWS of OWOSSO and CORUNNA MICHIGAN) About 1935 the company incorporated as Indian Trails Bus Lines—with the motto “Thru The Heart of Michigan”. However, it continued to operate under both the Indian Trails name, and Owosso-Flint Bus Lines, with Wayne Taylor as president and general manager of both companies. (The company also used the name “Indian Trail Lines”, which is displayed on its badges.)

By 1946 the company was interstate, running between Chicago, Illinois and Flint, Michigan, with intrastate routes in Battle Creek, Flint, Saginaw, Lansing and Ionia. It ran 50 buses over 476 route miles. In the 1952 edition of the MTD, the Owosso-Flint Bus Lines is not listed, whereas Indian Trails Bus Lines is, with Wayne E. Taylor as president and general manager. Wayne Taylor died in June 1954 as a result of an automobile accident near Grand Rapids. Indian Trails Bus Lines is still operating today as a charter and tour bus company with 62 coaches and 175 employees. I’ve no info on the badge shown below. It is well made, likely of nickel-plated brass, with the face of the Indian plated brass. The later badge appears to be chrome plated; it has a single threaded posts and measures about 2½” in length. I’ve yet to see any badges bearing the name “Owosso-Flint Bus Lines.”

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OZARK TRAILS, INC. / OZARK TRAILWAYS A. W. Shepherd Bus Lines was formed April 29, 1938 in Springfield, Missouri by A. W. Shepard, and ran between Springfield, Missouri and Fayetteville, Arkansas as well as Shreveport, Louisiana, Durant and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Dallas, Texas. The history of the company is a bit tangled, but piecing together parts from various editions of MTD and Russell’s, at some point the company joined the National Trailways Bus System and operated until 1946 as A. W. Shepherd Trailways. That year Shepherd changed the name to Ozark Trailways, and incorporated A. W. Shepherd Bus Lines as Ozark Trails, Inc. on March 6, 1946 in Boonville, Missouri. According to the 1953 Russell’s Guide, in March 1950 Shepherd sold Ozark Trails, Inc. / Ozark Trailways to Des Moines Springfield & Southern Stages of Springfield, Missouri; about this time he founded Mo-Ark Trails, which ran from Springfield, Missouri to Berryville, Arkansas. The company continued operating under the name Ozark Trails, Inc., and by 1956 was operating out of Springfield, Missouri severing Springfield, Lebanon, Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, Ft. Smith and Little Rock, Arkansas. The company was legally dissolved on March 6, 1996.

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