All-Time List of Canadian Transit Systems
Ontario Communities (L - N)

by David A. Wyatt

La Salle, Ontario

Transit Windsor (1986 - 1993)
Bus service connecting La Salle with Windsor, funded in part by La Salle. Service ended when La Salle ended funding (Windsor Star blog 2015).

Leamington, Ontario

Leamington WELSR local bus (postcard) Windsor, Essex and Lake Shore Rapid Railway Company (1910 - 1912)
Local bus service provided in coordination with WE&LS electric interurban service between Leamington and Windsor (Schramm et al. 1994, p. 155).

C.A. Bailey Ltd. (29 December 1980 - 1985)
Town bus service started by charter/schoolbus company. (Windsor Star Dec. 30, 1980, p. 8; Jan. 8, 1981, p. 7; Nov. 7, 1985, p. A5).

Leamington Transit (1985 - present)
Operation contracted to C.A. Bailey Ltd. 1985 - 2014 (CPTDB Wiki). Switzer-Carty Transportation Inc. purchased C.A. Bailey effective 01 August 2014. (CUTA 1992 “non-member”, CTHF/SSG 1998, website 2014)

Leamington Transit logo
system logo (2010)

Leamington Transit logo
system logo (2014)
Vehicle fleet1 bus (2000)
Data sources:CTHF/SSG 2000
website 2010 (logo)
website 2014 (logo)

Loyalist Township, Ontario

Loyalist Township was incorporated in 1998, including the former Ernesttown and Amherst Island townships, and the town of Bath.

Ernesttown Township Transit (1992 - 1998)
Service between Kingston and Amherstview. Probably operated by Kingston Transit of Kingston. (CUTA 1992 “non-member”, First Capital Transit Society 2010).

Loyalist Township Transit Service (1998 - present)
Initially owned one bus which was operated under contract by Kingston Transit. Bus sold to KT 2002 which continues to operate LTTS under contract as KT route 10 Amherstview (First Capital Transit Society 2010).

Loyalist Township Transit Service logo
system logo
Data source: First Capital Transit Society 2010

Madoc – Belleville, Ontario

Central Hastings Transit (July 2009 - present)
Scheduled van service between Madoc and Belleville via Marmora, Spring Brook, and Stirling, with service extended from Belleville to Ivanhoe. Operated under the auspices of Central Hastings Support Network Inc. (CPTdb 2009, Central Hastings 2009, website 2010).

Marathon, Ontario

International Transit Limited (1946 or 1947 - 1953)
Intercity bus operator based in Port Arthur [Thunder Bay] (1926-1965). Operated local bus service in Marathon, a one-industry town on the remote north shore of Lake Superior. Service unprofitable and discontinued. (Lawrence, Loring M., “International, From the Lakehead: Part I”, Bus Industry, March 2010, Vol. 24, No. 91, pp. 30-45.)

Midland, Ontario

Joseph Robert Dubeau (circa 1892 - 1917)
Stage coach service between Penetanguishene and Midland (7 km) grew out of a livery stable business established in 1870. Business inhereted by son Albert 1917.

Albert Dubeau (1917 - 1938)
Stage service. Summer jitney introduced. By May 1926 the bus service between Midland and Penetanguishene was equipped with a fleet of 2 buses making 56 round trips/day for a fare of 35¢ (CR&MW June 1926, p. 325). Published timetables identified the service as Penetang Midland Bus Service. Business inhereted by Bert's widow 1938. (CR&MW June 1928, pp. 364-365).

Irene Dubeau (1938 - ?)
Local, intercity, school and charter bus business. Penetanguishene - Midland service still operated in 1944 by Mrs. Bert Dubeau (CNR timetable, winter 1944/45).

Midland Transit 66 (Orion 01) (W.E. Miller 1985) Midland Transit (System) (1947 - present)
(CUTA 1976-77, CUTA 1992). Operated under contract from 1947 by Laval Dubeau doing business as Penetang-Midland Coach Lines. Penetang-Midland Coach Lines Limited incorporated 1953. (Canadian Coach 1974, CUTA TT89, Sotnyk 1981). Also uses the name Midland Transit Service. (Chow 1998). (not in CUTA 1991/2). (photos: W.E. Miller [Peter Cox collection], Kevin Nicol).

Midland Transit 65 (Kevin Nicol 2011 Apr 02)

Midland Transit Service logo
system logo
Vehicle fleet2 buses
Data source:CTHF/SSG 2000
website 2010 (logo)


Milton, Ontario

Milton Public Transit (? - present)
CTHF/SSG 2000 reports that contract operator Stock Bus Lines assumed operations in 1999 from Milton Bus Lines and it was expected that Laidlaw Transportation would take over in 2000. From 2004 to 08 March 2010 contract operator was Oakville Transit. From 08 March 2010 contract operator was Diversified Transportation Ltd. (CPTDB Wiki 2010). (pb89, CUTA 1992 “non-member”, Chow 1998) (not in CUTA 1991/2, CUTA 1989, CUTA 1988, Sotnyk 1981, or Perera 1973)

Milton Transit logo
system logo
Vehicle fleet2 minibuses (2000)
Ridership102,986 (2009)
Data source:CTHF/SSG 2000
CTF [Aug. 2010] (ridership)
website 2010 (logo)

Mississauga, Ontario

The City of Mississauga was created in 1974 by the amalgamation of the towns of Mississauga, Port Credit and Streetsville. The town of Mississauga was formed in 1968 to encompass the Peel County communities of Lakeview, Cooksville, Lorne Park, Clarkson, Erindale, Sheridan, Dixie, Meadowvale Village, and Malton. (Wikipedia).

Principal System

Toronto Suburban Railway Company (14 April 1917 - 26 December 1923)
electric interurban Service between Toronto and Guelph via Cooksville [Mississauga] opened 21 April 1917 (formal opening 14 April 1917). [See Toronto Suburban Interurban].

Canadian National Electric Railways: Toronto Suburban District (26 December 1923 - 15 August 1931)
electric interurban (RFC). The Toronto - Guelph line closed 15 August 1931. [See Toronto Suburban Interurban].

Arrow Bus Lines (1955 - 02 September 1969)
One route, three bus operation in the Town of Mississauga. Knowles et al. describe Arrow as operating in Port Credit and Cooksville (both now Mississauga) and that it was taken over by Charterways Transportation Limited in the fall of 1968.

Mississauga Transit 0724 (New Flyer D40LFR) (Alex Regiec August 2008) Mississauga Transit (02 September 1969 - 03 October 2010)
Operated under contract by Charterways Transportation Limited from 02 September 1969 to 1974 (Canadian Coach 1971, CUTA TT89, TT90). One route in the Malton area contracted to Georgetown Transportation Company (Canadian Coach 1971). City operation since 1974. System rebranded 2010. (CUTA 1989, CUTA 1991/2, CUTA 1992, Chow 1998, photos: Alex Regiec, CPTDB Wiki)

Mississauga Transit/Charterways Ltd 2003 GM TDH3502 (Chris Prentice 1973)

Mississauga Transit logo
system logo 1998
Service area population462,000 (1991)
Ridership29,542,988 (2009)
Vehicle fleet303 buses (2000)
Employees638 (1991)
Data source:CUTA 1991/2
Mike Rivest 1998 (logo)
CTF [Aug. 2010] (ridership)

MiWay (04 October 2010 - present)
Effective 04 October 2010 MT adopted a new branding image under the name MiWay (pronounced “my way”). This branding extends to identities for local and express services as MiLocal and MiExpress respectively. Rapid transit busway opened 17 November 2014. (Formal opening ceremonies held 10 November 2014.)

MiWay [Mississauga] logo 2010
system logo 2010
Data source:website 2010

Port Credit Systems

Toronto and York Radial Railway Company
Interurban electric railway service between Port Credit and Toronto 1905-1935.

Lake Shore Motor Bus Company (circa 1922 - circa 1927)
Suburban (and intercity) service competing with the T&YR Mimico division between Toronto and Port Credit (Canadian Coach 1969). Purchased by the Toronto Transportation Commission and combined with other operations to form Gray Coach Lines.

White Star Transit Company (circa 1922 - circa 1927)
Suburban (and intercity) service competing with the T&YR Mimico division between Toronto and Port Credit (Canadian Coach 1969). Purchased by the Toronto Transportation Commission and combined with other operations to form Gray Coach Lines.

Red Bus Lines (? - Fall 1928)
Toronto - Port Credit suburban service acquired by Gray Coach Lines (Canadian Coach 1969).

Toronto Transportation Commission (1935 - circa 1969)
Bus service from Long Branch (Toronto) to Port Credit (CUTA TT90).


A funding agreement was announced 21 April 2015 to construct a light rail transit line in Mississauga and Brampton. Construction was forecast to begin in 2018 with service anticipated in 2022. The announcement did not identify who the eventual operator of the line would be.


Interurban electric railway14 April 1917 - 15 August 1931
1905 - 1935 (Port Credit)
Light rail transitannounced for 2022
Motor bus1955 - present
circa 1922 - present (Port Credit)
Motor bus busway17 November 2014 - present*
* Formal opening ceremonies held 10 November 2014.


Napanee, Ontario

Napanee minibus (John Peakman 2007) Napanee Transit (02 April 2007 - 28 August 2007)
Operated by Yeomans Transportation Company. Discontinued due to low ridership (CPTDB Wiki 2008, photo: John Peakman).

New Tecumseth, Ontario

The population centres of New Tecumseth are Alliston, Tottenham, and Beeton (Wikipedia).

Town Transit (July 2003 - 31 December 2004)
Local public transit in Alliston. Owner David Warner. Municipal subsidy cancelled at the end of 2004. (New Tecumseth Free Press Online, New Tecumseth Free Press Online, 18 November 2009). An attempt to initiate local transit in New Tecumseth in 2007, to be called New Tec Transit, collapsed before service began ( 17 August 2007).

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Heritage Shuttle (circa 1999 - November 2011 (annually April to November))
Since circa 1999 Niagara-on-the-Lake has contracted for the operation of a tourist oriented shuttle bus service between the Fort George tour bus parking lot and the historic town centre. Contract for 2009-2011 was renewed with nine-year contractor 5-0 Transportation aka 5-0 Taxi (Niagara Advance 2009).

Niagara-On-The-Lake Transit (02 April 2012 - present)
A regular transit system linking the Old Town, Virgil and Glendale began 01 April 2012. The operating contract, including the Heritage Shuttle, was awarded to Niagara-on-the-Lake Transit Ltd. (The Standard 16 November 2011, 10 January 2012). A 2015 article cited the contract operator as Niagara Patient Transfer Inc. (Niagara This Week 02 April 2015). Another article called the contract operator Community Transport Group. Four-month pilot project to link Glendale with St. Davids and Queenston to operate July - October 2015.

NOTL Transit logo
system logo
Data source: Town of NOTL website 2012

Norfolk County, Ontario

Norfolk County is a single-level municipality which includes the population centres Simcoe, Port Dover, Delhi, St. Williams, Port Rowan, Waterford, Courtland, Gilbertville, Lynedoch, and Hillcrest (Wikipedia).

Simcoe Coach Lines 13(Fitzjohn 310 cityliner) (William A. Luke) Simcoe Coach Lines (1950's)
Local bus service connecting Simcoe with Vittoria, St. Williams, and Port Rowan (William A. Luke & Linda L. Metler, City Transit Buses of the 20th Century, p. 72, photo: William A. Luke).

RideNorfolk [Norfolk County] 323 (Kevin Nicol 2011 Nov 18) Ride Norfolk (11 October 2011 - present)
Community bus service in Simcoe and linking Simcoe with other population centres in Norfolk County. Multiple trips between Simcoe and other population centres rotating by day of the week (Mondays: 3 trips Simcoe – Delhi & Waterford, Tuesdays/Thursdays: 4 trips Simcoe – Port Rowan via St. Williams, Wednesdays/Fridays: 4 trips Simcoe – Delhi & Port Dover). Each trip includes a complete local circuit in Simcoe resulting in six town round trips per day Monday/Wednesday/Friday and four Tuesday/Thursday. Operating contract awarded to Sharp Bus Lines of Simcoe for 04 October - 31 December 2011. First week of service (04 – 07 October 2011) oriented to Norfolk County Fair. From 01 January 2013 contract operator was Cox Transportation of London and St. Thomas however photographs show the new bus lettered Donnelly Transit Inc.. (Simcoe Reformer June 2011, Aug. 19, 2011, Sep. 21, 2011, website 2011, photo: Kevin Nicol 2011, Tillsonburg News 08 January 2013).

Ride Norfolk logo
system logo
Data source: website 2011

North Bay, Ontario

J.D. Ricker (13 October 1930 - ?)
J.D. Ricker of North Bay bought (date unstated) the North Bay to Powassan bus service of C.A. Pellow and added a city service in North Bay in October, 1930 (CR&MW Nov. 1930 p. 732).

Palangios' DeLuxe Coach Lines (1947 - 1960)

Deluxe Coach Lines [North Bay] 42 (Fitzjohn) (W.R. Linley 1967) McCarthy Bus Service (1960 - 1968)
(Knowles). (Photo: W.R. Linley [Peter Cox collection]).

North Bay Transit T721 (GM new look) (Bernard Drouillard 1985) North Bay Transit (1968 - present)
(Dawes et al. 1972). Initial contract operator was Charterways Transportation Limited (Canadian Coach 1970, Transit Canada 1975). The City of North Bay assumed direct operational responsibility 19 April 1972. (CUTA 1976-77, CUTA 1989, CUTA 1991/2, CUTA 1992, photo: Bernard Drouillard [Peter Cox collection]).

Service area population52,000 (1991)
Ridership2,096,318 (2009)
Vehicle fleet22 buses (2000)
Employees56 (1991)
Data source:CUTA 1991/2
CTF [Aug. 2010] (ridership)


Northumberland [County], Ontario

Northumberland Transportation Initiative van (Website 2011) Northumberland Transportation Initiative (November 2008 - present)
Rural demand-responsive paratransit service operated by Community Care Northumberland. Open to any user for any kind of travel. Annual registration and advanced booking required. Service reaches Colborne, Dundonald, Castleton, Morganston, Salem, Grafton, Cobourg, Trent Hills, Hastings, Campbellford, Warkworth, Cramahe Twp., and Alnwick-Haldimand Twp. Routes are operated less than 5-days/week. (website 2011).

Northumberland Transportation Initiative logo
system logo
Data source: website 2011

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