All-Time List of Canadian Transit Systems

by David A. Wyatt

Moncton, New Brunswick

Principal System

Moncton Electric Street Railway, Heat and Power Company (11 August 1896 - 11 December 1897)
street railway/light rail Incorporated 1894. Transit operations ceased in 1897. Company renamed MTE&G Co Ltd. 1910.

Moncton Tramways Electricity and Gas 7 a single-truck birney (facebook) Moncton Tramways, Electricity and Gas Company, Ltd. (30 November 1911 - 31 December 1931)
street railway/light rail Reported as Moncton Tramway Company in CYB 1912-1926 and as above 1926-1932. Operations succeeded by GBLCo (CR&MW 1931, photo: facebook: Vintage Moncton's Photos).

Grey Bus Lines [Moncton] ticketGrey Bus Line [Moncton] #74, a Ford model 8MB (Peter Cox) Grey Bus Line Company Limited (Spring 1921 - 1962)
Incorporated 1922 from the precursor operations of Fred Breau (CR&MW March 1932). Began a route in direct competition to the “John Street” streetcar route. Suburban route to Memramcook begun in 1921. In 1926 operating 5 buses in Moncton (CR&MW February 1926, p. 96). “Other routes were established in the late 1920s to towns and villages in the outlying areas of Westmorland, Albert and Kent counties and during the Second World War, to military sites at Lakeburn and Scoudouc” (Winans). Operations ceased as a result of a six month strike in 1962. (Winans, photo Peter Cox).

Glace Bay Bus company (1962 - ?)
Petitpas family. Also operating local and suburban bus service in Sydney - Glace Bay, Nova Scotia.

Moncton Transit Ltd. 169 (CanCar) (W.R. Linley 1969) Moncton Transit Limited (? - 01 August 1980)
Petitpas family. Local transit operations sold to the City of Moncton (Codiac). (Canadian Coach 1972, Dawes et al. 1972, CUTA 1976-77, photo: W.R. Linley [Peter Cox collection]).

Codiac Transit GM RTS bus Codiac Transit Commission (01 August 1980 - present)
Operating in Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe. Name Codiac Transpo first appeared on website circa November 2011. (CUTA 1989, CUTA 1991/2, CUTA 1992, photo Codiac Transit website, 1998)

Codiac Transpo [Moncton] logo 2011
system logo (2011)
Service area population80,000 (1991)
Vehicle fleet27 buses (2000)
Employees45 (1991)
Data source:CUTA 1991/2
website 2011 (logo)

Secondary Systems

Fred Breau (June 1920 - circa 1921)
Bus route from Eaton's on Foundary Street to the Humphrey Mills church (Winans).

Moncton Motor Line 3 sometime in the 1920s (facebook) Moncton Motor Line (1920's?)
Photographic evidence documents the existence of a bus operation by this name. It is not clear if this is Breau, Humphrey or a third operator of the period. (photo: facebook: Vintage Moncton's Photos).

W.M. Humphrey (before January 1926 - ?)
Suburban bus operation from Moncton to Sunny Brae, 2 buses, 30 minute headway (15 minutes in rush hours) (CR&MW January 1926, p. 40).

Sunny Brae Bus Lines 17 Prevost (William A. Luke) Sunny Brae Bus Lines (? - 1960s?)
Apparent successor of Humphrey's route/service. Purchased 1947 by Berg Jensen from Ken Erb. (Greg Jensen 2011, photo: William A. Luke).

SMT Eastern 4554 (GM TDH4512) W.R. Linley 1968 Oct. 26 [Peter Cox coll.] S.M.T. (Eastern) Limited (? - ?)
Province-wide intercity bus operator incorporated 30 June 1937. Photographic evidence suggests that SMT operated suburban service between Moncton and Fox Creek (8 km) in the 1960's. (photo: W.R. Linley [Peter Cox collection])


Point du Chene-Moncton commuter schedule (CNR Table 33 1956 Sep 30) commuter rail According to its Winter 1955/56 and Winter 1956/57 time tables, Canadian National Railways operated a weekdaily train between Moncton and Point du Chene (18.6 mi./29.8 km, 50-55 min.). Commuters arrived at Moncton at 7:45am, and departed at 5:25pm. This meets a basic definition of a commuter train (weekdaily, rush-hour scheduling and run time under about 90 minutes). Service appears in the 1919 time tables but not in the 1966/67 CN time tables.


Electric railway11 August 1896 - 11 December 1897,
30 November 1911 - 31 December 1931
Motor bus? - present


January 1990 marked the centennial of transit service in Moncton (CUTA TT90).


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