All-Time List of Canadian Transit Systems
Ontario Communities (S - Z)

by David A. Wyatt

Stratford, Ontario

Stratford Coach Lines, Ltd. (circa March 1930 - 1933)
(CR&MW Mar. 1930, p. 175). Private operator succeeded by CBLCo (CR&MW 1933).

Cities Bus Service Company Limited (06 November 1933 - ?)
Incorporated 17 October 1933 by the same interests that owned the Sarnia Bus Company Limited (CR&MW 1933).

Stratford Coach Lines, Ltd. (circa 1950 - 1952)
Subsidiary of Bluebird Coach Lines, Ltd. (RS). Private operator preceding Stratford Transit. (notes on April 3/89 Stratford Transit: Bus Routes and Schedules)

Stratford SPUC6516 GM old look (William A. Luke) Stratford Transit (1952 - present)
Operated by the Stratford Public Utility Commission. The PUC was replaced by a city department prior to 2002 (Dennis Fletcher 2001). (Dawes et al. 1972 lists Stratford Public Utilities Commission City Transit System). (CUTA 1976-77, Sotnyk 1981, CUTA 1989, CUTA 1991/2, CUTA 1992, photos: William A. Luke, Bernard Drouillard [Peter Cox collection])

Stratford Transit 7731 (GM new look) (Bernard Drouillard 1983)

Service area population27,000 (1991)
Ridership579,148 (2009)
Vehicle fleet17 buses (2000)
Employees26 (1991)
Data source:CUTA 1991/2
CTHF/SSG 2000
CTF [Aug. 2010] (ridership)

Terrace Bay, Ontario

International Transit Limited (1947 - circa 1949)
Intercity bus operator based in Port Arthur [Thunder Bay] (1926-1965). Operated local bus service in Terrace Bay, 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, Vol. 24, No. 91, March 2010, pp. 30-45.)

Tecumseh, Ontario

Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway Company (01 May 1907 - 1956)
See Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Interurban. Interurban operation 1907-1938. The SW&A continued to operate the route to Tecumseh with buses until 1956 (Drouillard).

Charterways Transportation Limited (? - 01 October 1971)
Commuter bus service from Windsor to Tecumseh, Maidstone Twp., St. Clair Beach, and Belle River. Discontinued service 1971. (Windsor Star Sep. 29, 1971, p. 5).

County Bus Lines (02 October 1971 - circa 1981?)
Commuter bus service from Windsor to Tecumseh, Maidstone Twp., St. Clair Beach, and Belle River. Owner Don Lafond sold the operation to Chatham Coach Lines towards the end of 1974. Service cut from four round trips/day to two in the summer of 1980. From 06 April 1981 CCL increased trips between Windsor and Tecumseh from 3/day to 6/day. After a six-month trial service was apparently terminated. (Windsor Star: various articles 1971-1981).

Tecumseh Transit 193 (OBI Orion.01) (Bernard Drouillard 1986 Jan 31 [Peter Cox coll.]) Tecumseh Transit (early 1986 - mid 1986)
Six month trial transit service operated under contract by Chatham Coach Lines. Trial discontinued for insufficient ridership. (internationalmetropolis 2007, photo: Bernie Drouillard [Peter Cox collection]).

Tecumseh Transit (21 December 2009 - present)
Municipal undertaking. Initial three-year contract operator was First Student Canada. Service provided free until 31 January 2010. Website also uses the initials TTS and the name Tecumseh Transit Service. (website 2010).

Temiskaming Shores, Ontario

City of Temiskaming Shores created in 2004 by the amalgamation of the towns of New Liskeard and Haileybury, and the township of Dymond (Wikipedia 2013).

R. Walsh Transportation Ltd (? - late 1980's)
Generally a school bus operator, but for a few years ran a local bus service in Haileybury. Had three buses. (via Alan Gryfe Aug 2002)

TriTown Transit (1976 - circa February 2013)
In town transit system. Running six days per week between towns/townships of Cobalt, North Cobalt, Haileybury, New Liskeard and Dymond (website 2002). Operated by Walsh Transportation Ltd. (Chow 2002, website 2008). Walsh bought by Contrans Group Inc. in 2004 who sold it to Stock Transportation in 2005. Contract operator in 2010 was Stock Transportation Ltd. (website 2010). (CUTA 1992 "non-member"). (not in CTHF/SSG 2000).

Tri Town Transit [Temiskaming Shores] logo
system logo
Data source: website 2010 (logo)

Temiskaming Transit (circa February 2013 - present)
Transit service in Temiskaming Shores and Cobalt. Operated under contract by Stock Transportation Ltd.

Nipissing Central Interurban

Nipissing Central Railway Company (30 April 1910 - 09 February 1935)
Incorporated 12 April 1907 (Dom.). Electric interurban railway service between New Liskeard, Haileybury, Cobalt, and Kerr Lake. Came under the ownership of the Ontario provincial government (through the Temiskaming and Northern Ontario Railway) 20 June 1911.

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Tillsonburg, Ontario

Tillsonburg Transit (1994 - end of December 2001)
(CTHF/SSG 2000).

Vehicle fleet2 buses (2000)
Data source:CTHF/SSG 2000

Note

A pilot shared-taxi service operated for six weeks in October and November 2013. The service was sponsored by the Tillsonburg and District Multi-Service Centre, connecting various Tim Hortons coffee shops in Tillsonburg with the industrial area.

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Timmins, Ontario

Timmins Dalton 57 (William A. Luke) Dalton Bus Lines (? - circa August 1960)
John Dalton was operating commuter bus services in the Timmins area at least as early as 1926. Timmins-Schumacher-South Porcupine (CR&MW April 1926, p. 209), Timmins-Ankorite Mine, 2 buses, hourly service, 50¢ fare, and Timmins-Schumacher, 5 buses, 30 minute headway, 10¢ fare or 3 tickets for 25¢ (CR&MW May 1926 p. 262-263). Another Timmins area operator, Hamilton and Dwyer operated an hourly service from Timmins to Schumacher with a fleet of two buses, for a 10¢ fare or 3 tickets for 25¢ (CR&MW ibid). (TJ41 lists Dalton Taxi and Bus Line buying a bus.) Tickets from 1950 carried the name Dalton & Dwyer Bus Line (RS). (photo: William A. Luke).

Timmins Coach Lines Ltd. (1970s?)
(Dawes et al. 1972, Perera 1973).

Timmins Transit 37 (GM new look) (Bernard Drouillard 1989) Timmins Transit (? - present)
(CUTA 1976-77, CUTA 1989, CUTA 1991/2, CUTA 1992, Photo: Bernard Drouillard [Peter Cox collection]).

Timmins Transit logo
system logo
Service area population46,000 (1991)
Ridership973,764 (2009)
Vehicle fleet21 buses (2000)
Employees57 (1991)
Data source:CUTA 1991/2
CTHF/SSG 2000
CTF [Aug. 2010] (ridership)
Wikipedia 2010 (logo)

Wasaga Beach, Ontario

wasaga_beach-WBT9103-nichol2011apr02.jpg Wasaga Beach Transit (07 July 2008 - present)
Rides the first week (07 July - 13 July, 2008) were free. Contract operator is Georgian Coach Lines. (website 2011, photo: Kevin Nicol).

Wasaga Beach Transit logo Data Source: www.wasagabeach.com 2010
See also Collingwood for the Collingwood–Wasaga Beach transit service.

Wawa, Ontario

Wawa Transit System (February 2006 - present)
Dial-in/demand-responsive transit service in Wawa and Michipicoten River operated under contract by Lloyd's of Wawa Ltd. Using the service requires advance booking. (website 2011, CPTDB wiki 2011).

Woodstock, Ontario

City Bus Lines (? - 08 February 1941)
Owner Sanford Fischer. Operating at least in 1940 and perhaps from sometime in the 1930's. No service from February 1941 to June 1942. (Nicol).

Bluebird Coach Lines, Ltd. (26 June 1942 - 31 January 1951)
Company dissolved 1951 (Nicol). (RS).

Lakeview Coach Lines (28 February 1951 - 31 March 1951)
Owner Ross Hall. Company based in Port Colborne. Buses sold off to Burley Bus Lines 1951 (Bus Industry, Vol. 6, No. 1, Jan-Feb 1979, pp. 7-14). No transit service in Woodstock April - November 1951. (Nicol).

Woodstock City Traction (November 1951 - early 1952)
Owner John E. Beynon. Financially unsuccessful. Service ended early 1952. (Nicol).

City Coach Service (September 1952 - 1953?)
Owner Matthew McConnell. Franchise approved by City council in July 1952 for service to commence September 1952. If the service began it did not last long. (Nicol).

Woodstock City Bus Lines (circa 1953 - mid 1950's)
Owner John E. Beynon (see above). Financially unsuccessful. No local transit service in Woodstock from mid 1950's to 1961.

Woodstock Transit 22 (GM new look) (Bernard Drouillard 1979) Woodstock Transit (06 December 1961 - present)
Operated by the City of Woodstock Community Services Department. Trial service began 06 December 1961. Permanent service began December 1962 after voter approval in a referendum (Nicol). (Dawes et al. 1972 lists City of Woodstock Bus Service, Perera 1973 lists City of Woodstock Public Transportation Service). (CUTA 1976-77, CUTA 1989, CUTA 1991/2, CUTA 1992, pb96, Photo: Bernard Drouillard [Peter Cox collection])

Service area population27,000 (1991)
Vehicle fleet11 buses (2000)
Employees24 (1991)
Data source:CUTA 1991/2
CTHF/SSG 2000

Woodstock, Thames Valley and Ingersoll Interurban

WTV&I open car Woodstock, Thames Valley and Ingersoll Electric Railway Company (08 November 1900 - 31 October 1925 -)
Initial operated segment from Woodstock to Beachville. Through service to Ingersoll opened 17 June 1901 (Nicol). Owned by the same interests as the Grand Valley Railway Company until the acquisition of the latter by the City of Brantford in 1914, when the WTV&IER Co was abandoned to its bondholders. They ran the railway until 1925 and replacement bus operations until 1942. (Mills 1977 erroneously reports last day of electric service as 16 August 1925).

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York Region, Ontario

York Region Transit (01 January 2001 - present)
System formed as an amalgamation of operations in Markham, Newmarket (including Aurora), Richmond Hill, and Vaughan. Formal launch of the new system was 01 February 2001 although the merger took place on paper at the first of the year. At the time of the merger operating contracts were continued with previous parties: Laidlaw Transit for Division 2 (Newmarket, including Aurora), Miller Transit Limited (the Miller Group) for Division 1 (Markham), Partners With Transit for Division 3 (Richmond Hill), and Can-Ar Coach Service (subsidiary of Tokmakjian Ltd.) for Division 4 (Vaughan). In the wake of a three-month strike (October 2011 - January 2012) the operating contract with FirstBus Canada Ltd. for Division 2 (Newmarket, Aurora, King Township, East Gwillimbury and Georgina) was cancelled and they were replaced by TOK Transit Limited effective with the end of the strike 04 February 2012. An operating contract for evening and weekend service on two routes in Markham and Vaughan (Division 5) was held by Student Express Limited (2001 - July 2004). In July 2004 SE was purchased by Stock Transportation Ltd. who continued operating the contract until Fall 2011 (Wikipedia).

On 04 September 2005 YRT launched a rapid bus service it branded Viva. Viva (Division 7) is operated by 4286847 Canada Incorporated (known in promotional material as the York Region Rapid Transit Corporation) on behalf of York Region. The system is operated by Connex, a division of French multinational Veolia Environnement SA (Wikipedia). Veolia reorganized their Division 7 subsidiary as York BRT Services L.P. (date?). The first segment of busway opened 18 August 2013.

York Region Transit logo (2001)
 
system logo (2001)
YRT and Viva [York Region] logos (2013)
YRT and VIVA logos
Ridership18,314,619 (2009)
Data sources:website 2002 (logo)
CTF [Aug. 2010] (ridership)
website 2013 (logos)

Markham System

Toronto and York Radial Railway Company
Interurban electric railway service along Yonge Street (then the western boundary of Markham Township).

Maple Leaf - Markham Coach Lines (? - Spring 1929)
Suburban Toronto - Markham service acquired by Gray Coach Lines (CC69).

North Yonge Bus
Bus service between Toronto and Markham, Vaughan and Richmond Hill operated under contract by the Toronto Transportation Commission, replacing earlier T&YR service.

Travelways (Fall 1973 - ?)
Probably a contract operator. (CC73, CC74). Company also cited by it's earlier name: Trailways of Canada Limited (Newmarket) (CUTA 1976-77).

Markham Orion transit bus Markham Transit (? - 31 December 2000)
Generally, east-west services are operated for the Town by contractor Miller Transit Limited and north-south service (including connections to Toronto) is provided under an agreement with the Toronto Transit Commission. Transit in Markham, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Newmarket, and Aurora were merged to form York Region Transit 01 January 2001 (CTHF Bulletin May 2001). (\maps, CUTA 1989, CUTA 1991/2, CUTA 1992, Chow 1998). (Photos: Richard Hooles 2001, Peter Cox collection).

Markham Transit 505 (Flexette) (Peter Cox collection 1974)

Markham Transit logo
 
system logo
Service area population146,000 (1991)
Vehicle fleet58 buses (2000)
Employees7 Markham
66 MTL (1991)
Data source:CUTA 1991/2
CTHF/SSG 2000
Mike Rivest 1998 (logo)

Newmarket System

Toronto and York Radial Railway Company
Interurban electric railway service between Newmarket and Toronto 1899-1930.

Newmarket Bus Lines (03 May 1948 - 01 July 1958)
Owner/operators Earlby Ruthven and Larry Needler. Two buses serving each direction of a circular town route on a 30 minute frequency. (The Newmarket Era and Express: 29 April 1948, p. 1).

Newmarket Town Bus (01 July 1958 - ?)
Owner Robert Stackhouse. Purchased used Fitzjohn Cityliner bus from the Toronto Transit Commission sometime after TTC absorbed Hollinger in 1954 (Lawrence 2012 p. 47). Sale of the company by Stackhouse to Travelways (owner Larry Needler) announced 20 September 1967 (Newmarket Era 20 September 1967, p. 1).

Newmarket Transit 104 (GM new look) (W.E. Miller 1979) Newmarket Transit (? - 31 December 2000)
Operated by a contractor. Perera 1973 lists that the Town of Newmarket received transit operating subsidies from the provincial government. Absorbed the operations of Aurora Transit probably 30 August 1999. Transit in Markham, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Newmarket, and Aurora were merged to form York Region Transit 01 January 2001 (CTHF Bulletin May 2001). (Sotnyk 1981, CUTA 1989, CUTA 1991/2, CUTA 1992, Chow 1998, photo: W.E. Miller [Peter Cox collection]).

Service area population40,000 (1991)
Vehicle fleet9 buses (2000)
Employees1 (Newmarket) (1991)
Data source:CUTA 1991/2
CTHF/SSG 2000

Aurora System

Aurora Bus Lines (? - July 1972)
Owner Ronald Farquharson. Operation taken over by municipality 1972 (Newmarket Era 21 March 1973, p. A1).

Aurora Transit Orion (Bernard Drouillard 1987) Aurora Transit (July 1972 - 30 August 1999?)
Contract operator at start-up was Ronald Farquharson. Perera 1973 lists that the Town of Aurora received transit operating subsidies from the provincial government. Operations absorbed by Newmarket Transit circa 1999. (TNC85, CUTA 1992 "non-member", Chow 1998) (not in CUTA 1991/2, CUTA 1988 or Sotnyk 1981). (Photo: Peter Cox Collection).

Vehicle fleet2 buses
Data source:CTHF/SSG 1998

Richmond Hill System

Toronto and York Radial Railway Company
Interurban electric railway service between Richmond Hill and Toronto 1896 - 1948.

North Yonge Bus (1948 - ?)
Bus services operated by the Toronto Transportation Commission as contracted by Markham, Vaughan and Richmond Hill.

Richmond Hill Transit 504 (Orion 01) (W.E. Miller 1979) Richmond Hill Transit (? - 31 December 2000)
Operated by contractor Trailways of Canada Limited circa 1960 - circa 1976 (Scrafton et al. 1970, TC76, CUTA 1976-77). Trailways became Travelways and eventually Laidlaw. Operated under contract by Laidlaw Transit (CUTA 1989, CUTA 1991/2, CUTA 1992). Transit in Markham, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Newmarket, and Aurora were merged to form York Region Transit 01 January 2001 (CTHF Bulletin May 2001). (photo: W.E. Miller [Peter Cox collection]).

Richmond Hill Transit logo
 
system logo
Service area population78,000 (1991)
Vehicle fleet26 buses (2000)
Employees5 (Richmond Hill) (1991)
Data source:CUTA 1991/2
CTHF/SSG 1998
Mike Rivest 1998 (logo)

Vaughan System

Toronto and York Radial Railway Company
Interurban electric railway service between Toronto and Vaughan.

North Yonge Bus
Bus services operated under contract by the Toronto Transportation Commission as contracted by Markham, Vaughan and Richmond Hill.

Vaughan Transit (? - 31 December 2000)
Some ("additional") service, especially between Vaughan and Toronto, is provided under contract by the Toronto Transit Commission. CUTA 1991/2 cites contract operator Can-Ar Coach Service, a division of Tokmakjian Ltd. Perera 1973 lists that the Town of Vaughan received transit operating subsidies from the provincial government. Transit in Markham, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Newmarket, and Aurora were merged to form York Region Transit 01 January 2001 (CTHF Bulletin May 2001). (\maps, CUTA TT89, CUTA 1992, Chow 1998) (not in CUTA 1988)

Vaughan Transit logo
 
system logo
Service area population98,000 (1991)
Vehicle fleet23 buses (2000)
Employees4 (Vaughan),
38 (CAS) (1991)
Data source:CUTA 1991/2
CTHF/SSG 2000
Mike Rivest 1998 (logo)

Modes

Interurban electric railway 1896 - 1948
Motor bus 1920s? - present
Motor bus busway 18 August 2013 - present

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