All-Time List of Canadian Transit Systems

by David A. Wyatt

Belleville, Ontario

Principal System

Belleville horsecar Bay City Street Railway (23 May 1876 - 26 November 1891)
street railway/light rail Fire destroyed the rolling stock of horse cars and the system was closed. (Martin indicates horse cars lasted until electrification in 1895).

Belleville Traction Co 8 (NA PA-167045) Belleville Traction Company (03 August 1895 - 12 September 1901)
street railway/light rail Franchise awarded to S.F. Lazier & Sons, who incorporated as the BTCo. (Mika & Mika, Mosaic of Belleville, Canadian Rail No. 424, September-October 1991, pp. 179-180)

Belleville Jitneys, Limited (circa June 1915? - ?)
Jitney operator (CR&MW July 1915, p. 275).

Front Street in Belleville (probably early 1930s) (Paul Lantz postcards) Rawson Bus Company (1920 - May 1960)
Operating in the Belleville area at least as early as 1926 (CR&MW June 1926, p. 324). Company founded by Thomas Rawson. (TJ42 cites Rawson Bus Lines). Canadian Coach 1970 cites " Rawfon Bus Company" no less than six times. (photo:

Belleville Transit Commission 11 I(Fitzjohn) (Bill Linley 1969) Belleville Transit Commission (May 1960 - present)
(RS, Canadian Coach 1970, Dawes et al. 1972, CUTA 1976-77, CUTA 1989, CUTA 1991/2, CUTA 1992) (Photos: Peter Cox Collection, David A. Wyatt).

Belleville Transit 0660 (Novabus) (David A. Wyatt 2009 July 13)

Service area population37,000 (1991)
Vehicle fleet13 buses (2000)
Employees33 (1991)
Ridership911,770 (2009)
Data sources:CUTA 1991/2
CTF [Aug. 2010] (ridership)


Animal railway23 May 1876 - 26 November 1891
Electric railway03 August 1895 - 12 September 1901
Motor bus? - present

Miscellaneous Line

Thurlow Ry/Canada_Cement electric loco (1949 William C. Bailey) Thurlow Railway Company (1928 - 1950)
Incorporated 1907 (Ont.). A 2½ mi./4 km freight railway between Thurlow and Point Anne constructed in 1907/08 and electrified in 1928. Owned by Lehigh Portland Cement Co. (later Canada Cement Co.) reportedly constructed using the charter of the Belleville Radial Railway Company Operation dewired 1950.


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