All-Time List of Canadian Transit Systems

by David A. Wyatt

Peterborough, Ontario

Principal System

Peterborough and Ashburnham Street Railway Company (August 1893 - late 1898)
street railway/light rail Franchise granted to Canadian General Electric 10 March 1893 which in turn acquired the competing bidder, the P&AStRyCo. Franchise revoked by the City 1901.

Peterborough George Street (postcard, Trent Valley Archives) Peterborough Radial Railway Company (1902 - 31 March 1927)
street railway/light rail Incorporated 1902 (Ont.) Franchise approved 15 September 1903. Acquired by the City of Peterborough 1 March 1916. Operated in 1926 and 1927 by the Hydro Electric Power Commission of Ontario. (photo: Trent Valley Archives).

Cooney and Joplin (1927)
Competitor of PRRyCo became the only service in town when the railway closed. Continued to operate after Border began.

Zellers corner in Peterborough ca1950 (peterboroheritage) Border Transit Limited (circa 14 April 1927 - 1978)
Incorporated 06 April 1926 as a subsidiary of bus builder Gotfredson Corporation (CR&MW October 1927, p. 613). (Dawes et al. 1972, CUTA 1976-77). In early 1974 BT adopted the marketing image Rapider Transit System (CC74). (photo: peterboroheritage).

Peterborough Transit 65 (GM new look) (W.E. Miller 1981) City of Peterborough Transportation Division (1978 - present)
(Sotnyk 1981 lists City of Peterborough Transit while pb89 lists Peterborough Public Transit, CUTA 1989, CUTA 1991/2 lists Corporation of the City of Peterborough Transit Section, CUTA 1992). Chow 1998 lists Peterborough Transit. (Photos: W.E. Miller [Peter Cox collection], David A. Wyatt).

Peterborough Transit 36 (Novabus LFS) (David A. Wyatt 2009 July 13)

Peterborough Transit logo
system logo
Service area population65,000 (1991)
Vehicle fleet32 buses (2000)
Employees69 (1991)
Ridership2,836,700 (2009)
Data sources:CUTA 1991/2
CTF [Aug. 2010] (ridership)
website 2010 (logo)


Electric railwayAugust 1893 - late 1898,
1902 - 31 March 1927
Motor bus25 January 1926 - present


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