All-Time List of Canadian Transit Systems
Ontario Communities (A - B)

by David A. Wyatt

Bancroft, Ontario

TROUT[Bancroft] cutaway (website 2012) The Rural Overland Utility Transit (circa 2010 - present)
Known by its acronym TROUT, as in “catch the TROUT”. Rural public transit for North Hastings and Highlands East, open to all users. Service operates several trips Monday-Friday (plus Saturdays in summer) within Bancroft, and once-per-week service connecting regional population centres to Bancroft. Tuesdays: Lake St. Peter, Maple Leaf, Maynooth, and Birds Creek. Wednesdays: L'Amable, Coe Hill, Ormsby, St. Ola, Gilmour, and Gunter. Thursdays: Birds Creek. Fridays: Cardiff and Paudash. Operated by Community Care North Hastings. (website 2012).

TROUT [Bancroft] logo
system logo
Data source: website 2012

Barrie, Ontario

T.R. Huxtable (? - ?)
Reported operating one route wholly within Barrie as of circa February 1926 (CR&MW March 1926, p. 146).

Greer Transportation (? - September 1972)
Private operator replaced by municipal service (Canadian Coach 1973).

Barrie City Transit 512 (GM new look) (Bernard Drouillard 1979) Barrie City Transit (September 1972 - present)
(CUTA 1976-77). Contractor of operations and maintenance in 1972/73 was Stock Brothers Bus Lines, a division of Travelways (Canadian Coach Vol IX, No. 4, July/August 1973) Contractor in 1976 was Travelways (Transit Canada 1976). Operated from 1980 to July 1987 by Penetang-Midland Coach Lines Limited and from July 1987 by Travelways. From August 2013 Barrie Transit became the contract operator for weekdaily transit service between Barrie and Angus and CFB Borden in Essa Township. (CUTA 1989, CUTA 1991/2 lists Barrie Transit, CUTA 1992, Chow 1998, photo: Bernard Drouillard [Peter Cox collection]).

Barrie Transit logo
 
system logo
Service area population50,000 (1991)
Ridership2,568,000 (2009)
Vehicle fleet23 buses (2000)
Employees2 (municipality) (1991)
Data source:CUTA 1991/2
CTHF/SSG 2000
Mike Rivest 1998 (logo)
CTF [Aug. 2010] (ridership)

The Blue Mountains, Ontario

Thornbury - Clarksburg Transit (circa 18 August 2011 - 2012?)
Transit service in Thornbury and Clarksburg. Service a partnership between a group of local residents and business owners and Hewgill Bus Lines (blog post 2011). Website did not exist in August 2012.

Collingwood/Blue Mountains Transit Link (15 November 2013 - present)
Six month public-private pilot program to contract to Colltrans to operate transit service between The Blue Mountains and Collingwood. Project sponsors are: Blue Mountain Village Association, The Blue Mountains (municipality), and the Town of Collingwood. Official opening 19 November 2013. Pilot became permanent 30 June 2014.

Bolton, Ontario

See also GO Transit.

Caledon Transit Inc. (01 April 1999 - August 1999)
Commercial service operating in Caledon Township, the northern third of Peel County. (The southern and middle thirds being Mississauga and Brampton respectively.) (CTHF Bulletin May 1999)

Caedon Transit logo
 
system logo
Data source:Caledon Transit Website (www.caledontransit.on.ca) 1999 (logo)

Métis Transit Ltd. (30 January 2006 - mid-February 2006)
Unsubsidized private enterprise serving Caledon East, Palgrave, Bolton, and part of Malton (Bus Industry, Vol. 21, No. 80, June 2006, pp. 13-14).

Bracebridge, Ontario

Bracebridge Towne Express trolley (Wikipedia) Bracebridge Towne Express (1987 - present [summer seasons])
The trolley operates annually from the Victoria Day long weekend straight through to Thanksgiving – only on Saturdays in May, June and September, but seven days a week in July and August (CottageCountryNow.ca 21 April 2012). Service is operated by Santa's Village Ltd. under contract to the municipality. Also known as the Santa's Village Trolley. (photo: Wikipedia).

Bradford West Gwillimbury, Ontario

BWG Transit (01 May 2014 - present)
A public transit system for Bradford West Gwillimbury is announced to start 01 May 2014 (Bradford Times 22 November 2012). Operating contract awarded to Switzer-Carty Transportation Inc. There will also be taxi-to-GO and shared-ride taxi service operated by contractor Town Taxi, requiring advance registration.

Brampton, Ontario

Principal System

Collacutt Coach Lines (? - Spring 1929)
Suburban Toronto - Brampton service acquired by Gray Coach Lines (Canadian Coach 1969).

Parkinson Coach Lines (1949 - 12 September 1953)
Operation owned by Bob Parkinson. Acquired the Malton - Brampton route from West York Coach Lines Limited 1949 (Kennedy). Sold in February 1953 to Cliff Tracy who moved operations to Owen Sound September 1953 (Bateson). The DBS Transit Report for October 1953 (Vol. 7, No. 10) stated that the transit company in Brampton had gone out of business that month.

Streetsville Transportation (late 1953? - 1965?)
Operation owned by Bruce Rundle (Bateson). Purchased an ex- Roseland/TTC used Fitzjohn Cityliner bus from Arrow Cartage Ltd of Mississauga. Bus returned to Arrow late 1958 (Lawrence 2012, p. 47).

Parkinson Coach Lines, Ltd. (1965 - 1969)
Operation owned by the Murray brothers (Bateson). (RS).

Georgetown Transportation Company (1960s? - spring 1973)
Private operator acquired by Travelways. Canadian Coach 1970 cites that Charterways Transportation Limited operated in Brampton.

Travelways (spring 1973 - 1974)
(Canadian Coach 1974).

Brampton Transit 7531 (GM new look) (Peter Cox collection 1975) Brampton Transit (1974 - present)
Municipal operation by the City of Brampton. Also called Brampton Transit System. (CUTA 1976-77 lists City of Brampton). Bus rapid transit introduced Fall 2010 under the marketing name Züm (pronounced “zoom”). (Bateson, Perera 1973, Sotnyk 1981, \maps, CUTA TT89, CUTA 1989, CUTA F91, CUTA 1991/2, CUTA 1992, Chow 1998, photos: Peter Cox collection, Alex Regiec).

Brampton Transit 0433 (New Flyer D40LF) (Alex Regiec 2008 Aug.) Brampton Transit 9864 (1998 Orion V) (Alex Regiec 2008 Aug.) Brampton Transit 0618 (2006 Novabus LFS) (Alex Regiec 2008 Aug.)

Brampton Transit logo
 
system logo
Service area population225,000 (1991)
Ridership12,294,230 (2009)
Vehicle fleet93 buses (2000)
Employees175 (1991)
Data source:CUTA 1991/2
CTHF/SSG 2000
Mike Rivest 1998 (logo)
CTF [Aug. 2010] (ridership)

Bramalea System

Bramalea Dial-a-Bus (13 August 1973 - 31 December 1973)
Serving Bramalea, an unincorporated community in Chinguacousy Township. Municipality merged into Brampton 01 January 1974 (Transit Canada 1975). (Perera 1973, Shortreed)

References

Brockville, Ontario

Brockville City Bus Lines Ltd. (1970s?)
(Canadian Coach 1972, Dawes et al. 1972).

Brockville Transit 50407 (David A. Wyatt 2009 July 13) Brockville Transit (? - present)
(Transit News Canada 1985, pb89, CUTA 1989, CUTA 1991/2, CUTA 1992, pb96, photos: David A. Wyatt 2009, Peter Cox coll.). (not in Sotnyk 1981).

Brockville Transit 2 Orion.01 (W.E. Miller 1982 Aug 09 [Peter Cox coll.])

Service area population21,000 (1991)
Vehicle fleet3 buses (2000)
Employees14 (1991)
Data source:CUTA 1991/2
CTHF/SSG 2000

Burlington, Ontario

From 1896 to 1929 Burlington was connected to Hamilton by the operations of the Hamilton Radial Electric Railway Company interurban.

C.H. Norton Bus Lines (? - circa 1973)
Private operator prior to municipal management (Canadian Coach Vol. IX, No. 3, May/June 1973).

Burlington Transit (circa 1973 - present)
Operator NBL acquired by Travelways circa 1974 (Canadian Coach 1974). Transit Canada 1975 says municipal startup 1975, probably meaning municipal operation. (CUTA 1976-77, CUTA 1989, CUTA 1991/2, CUTA 1992, Chow 1998)

Burlington Transit logo
system logo
Service area population124,000 (1991)
Ridership1,860,825 (2009)
Vehicle fleet46 buses (2000)
Employees94 (1991)
Data source:CUTA 1991/2
CTHF/SSG 1998
CTF [Aug. 2010] (ridership)
website 2010 (logo)


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