Historical Timeline

Historical Timeline

1914
Swedish immigrant Carl Eric Wickman begins transporting miners from Hibbing, MN, to Alice, MN, for 15 cents a ride.

1915
Wickman joins forces with Ralph Bogan, who was running a transit service from Hibbing to Duluth, and the company is renamed the Mesaba Transportation Company. First year profits are $8,000.

1918
The company expands to 18 buses within Minnesota and earns $40,000 in profits.

1921
First intercity buses, manufactured by Fageol for Safety Coach Lines of Muskegon, MI, are introduced. The buses were dubbed "greyhounds" because of their gray paint and sleek appearance.

1924
Wickman and Bogan, along with Orville Caesar of Superior-White Lines of Superior, WI, form Northland Transportation Company. Wickman assumes the presidency of the company, and the company is relocated to Duluth.

1925
Great Northern Railroad buys 80 percent interest in Northland Transportation Company for $240,000 and Wickman remains as president.

1926
Wickman forms Motor Transit Corporation with $10 million capital. E.C. Eckstrom, president of Safety Motor Coach Lines of Michigan joins Wickman and becomes the first president, headquartered at Duluth, MN.

1929
Great Northern Railroad sells back 90 percent of its stock in Northland Transportation Company to Motor Transit Corporation at which time Northland Transportation changes its name to Northland Greyhound Lines.

Great Northern Railroad buys a 30 percent interest in Northland Greyhound Lines.

Motor Transit Corporation changes its name to Greyhound Corporation. The running dog is first used as the company's logo.

Greyhound, Southern Pacific Transportation, owned by Southern Pacific Railroad and Pickwick Stages, joined to form Pacific Securities, Inc., changing its name to Pacific Greyhound Lines during 1930.

Greyhound acquires Yelloway Lines for $6.4 million and Pioneer Yelloway is divided among the various Greyhound operating companies.

The first nationwide advertising campaign for Greyhound Lines is launched, including its first radio ads.

1930
Corporate offices are moved from Duluth to Chicago, IL.

1931
The Great Depression threatens the company's future. A number of subsidiary lines are sold. General Motors assumes $1 million of Greyhound debt.

1933
Greyhound is selected as the official transportation carrier at the 1933 Century of Progress World's Fair in Chicago. Taking a gamble on the success of the fair, the company reserves 2,000 hotel rooms and begins a campaign offering transportation and lodging to the fair on one ticket. The promotion earns more than $500,000 in Depression-era profits.

1934
The Academy Award-winning movie "It Happened One Night," starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, prominently features a Greyhound bus in the story, spurring interest in bus travel nationwide.

1935
Greyhound profits exceed $8 million -- its stock splits four for one.

Congress passes the Motor Carrier Act to place bus transportation under the regulatory authority of the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC).

Four major railroads invest in the Greyhound operating companies in their areas.

1936
The Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen initiates the first localized labor strike against Greyhound, seeking a 40-percent wage increase. Within a week, the strike is settled with a 7-percent increase.

Greyhound introduces the "Super Coach," the first bus with an all-metal body and rear-mounted engine, seating 37 passengers and advertised for family travel.

1939
The company exceeds 200 million miles of travel annually, with 4,750 stations and nearly 10,000 employees. Greyhound is chosen as the official bus carrier of the 1939 World's Fair in New York.

1940
Greyhound establishes its successful "Post House" chain of company-operated restaurants.

Greyhound introduces its new fluted aluminum "Silversides," which changed the bus industry for 40 years before returning to fully painted sides. Production ceased in 1941 due to World War II and resumed in 1947.

1941
Greyhound acquires 80 percent of Western Canadian Greyhound Lines and a 10-percent ownership in Motor Coach Industries, Canada's largest bus builder.

1942
Greyhound becomes a major carrier of troops heading to the East and West coasts. As more than 40 percent of its workforce is called to military service, Greyhound begins training women to drive buses.

1946
As post-war transportation production returns, Greyhound buys more than 1,500 new GM Silversides buses at a cost of $39 million, the largest order of intercity buses to date. All were air-conditioned and diesel-powered.

Eric Wickman retires after 32 years of service. Orville Caesar is elected as president of the Greyhound Corporation.

1948
Greyhound revenues top $190 million, tripling its 1939 figures. Overall net income now exceeds $17 million per year.

1950
The ICC approves the acquisition of Southeastern Greyhound Lines into the Greyhound Corporation, one of the largest independent Greyhound affiliates.

The Post House chain expands to 139 restaurants, serving 40 million passengers annually.

1951
Greyhound introduces a full range of express schedules with the completion of over 41,000 miles of new roads built under the federal interstate highway system.

1953
Greyhound introduces its new "Highway Traveler," a 41-passenger single-level bus with picture windows, power steering and air ride, replacing conventional springs.

1954
Greyhound founder Eric Wickman dies at the age of 67.

The most famous Greyhound bus, the 43-passenger two-level "Scenicruiser", is introduced, with on-board restrooms and significantly enlarged baggage and express under floor bays. More than 1,000 were built.

1956
Greyhound Lines' board of directors selects Arthur Genet to succeed Orville Caesar. Genet is the first chief executive of the company outside the company's founders.

A Greyhound advertising campaign reminds passengers that "It's such a comfort to travel by bus -- and leave the driving to us." This later evolves into the company's signature slogan: "Go Greyhound -- and leave the driving to us."

1957
Greyhound introduces its goodwill ambassador, "Lady Greyhound," during its sponsorship of NBC's "Steve Allen Show." The canine appears at numerous civic events nationwide for the next decade.

1958
Frederick Ackerman, president of Western Greyhound Lines, is selected as the company's fifth president, succeeding Arthur Genet.

Greyhound buys remaining interest in Canadian bus builder Motor Coach Industries.

1959
Greyhound bus revenues exceed $300 million.

1961
A group of civil rights leaders known as the "Freedom Riders" ride Greyhound and Trailways buses into the Deep South to protest state-sponsored segregation in interstate transportation facilities. Later that year, the Interstate Commerce Commission outlaws segregation in all interstate transportation facilities.

Greyhound begins manufacturing its own buses.

1964
Greyhound celebrates its 50th anniversary.

1966
Gerald Trautman succeeds Frederick Ackerman as Greyhound CEO.

1968
The newest Greyhound long-distance coach, the "Super 7," is introduced. It was 40 feet long, on a single level and at that time was considered a replacement for the Scenicruiser. About 1,400 were delivered from 1968 through 1973.

1969
Greyhound introduces its first 102-inch wide, three-level bus, the MCI MC-6. One hundred were built.

1971
Greyhound relocates its corporate headquarters from Chicago to Phoenix, AZ.

1972
The Greyhound extended travel fare, the "Ameripass," is launched.

The company begins its first marketing efforts in the Hispanic community.

1973
Greyhound introduces the popular MC-8 bus, better known as the "Americruiser." More than 2,100 were delivered by 1979.

1976
Greyhound Package Express (GPX) service exceeds $100 million in sales.

Vermont Transit Lines joins Greyhound.

1979
Greyhound introduces its totally redesigned 43-seat MC-9 bus, buying more then 2,000 by 1985.

1980
Transportation revenues (bus, charter, and package delivery) reach an all-time high: $1.045 billion.

1981
The Interstate Commerce Commission deregulates the bus industry. Fare cuts and price wars follow.

1982
Gerald Trautman retires as Greyhound CEO. John Teets, an executive with Greyhound food service operations, is selected as his successor.

1983
Greyhound endures a seven-week strike over proposed wage cuts to its unionized employees.

1985
After many years of development and government regulation issues, Greyhound inaugurates its 47-seat MC-102-A3 bus, providing a wider cabin for passenger comfort.

1987
The Greyhound Corporation divests its U.S. bus operations. The new company, Greyhound Lines, Inc., establishes its headquarters in Dallas. Fred Currey is the company's new chief executive.

Greyhound Lines purchases Trailways, Inc., establishing Greyhound as the largest nationwide intercity bus transportation company.

TNM&O Coaches joins Greyhound with 86 buses.

1990
Greyhound Lines' unionized workforce goes on strike. The strike continues for three years.

As a result of mounting losses, Greyhound Lines files for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Bus operations continue under bankruptcy protection.

1991
Greyhound emerges from bankruptcy reorganization. The company names Frank Schmeider as its new CEO.

1993
Greyhound drivers end their strike against the company.

1994
Craig Lentzsch, a former vice president of Greyhound, returns as the company's CEO.

1995
Greyhound Lines' Web site, www.greyhound.com, is launched.

1996
Greyhound enters into extended cooperation agreements with Amtrak on train-to-bus service, called "Amtrak Thruway."

1997
Greyhound, through investments in other bus companies, inaugurates cross-border, through service between the U.S. and Mexico.

Greyhound acquires Carolina Trailways, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary, providing intercity bus service in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Greyhound acquires Valley Transit Company, providing stronger Texas border service.

1998
Greyhound unions ratify a six-year labor agreement, averting a repeat of the labor strife seen in 1983 and 1990, and signifying a stronger, cooperative relationship.

Greyhound introduces the 55-seat MCII DL-3 bus into its fleet, with the largest capacity of any bus in the company's history.

The company exceeds $800 million in revenues and earns its first year of profits since 1993.

Peoria-Rockford Coach joins Greyhound. The company changed its name to Rockford Coach Lines in 2002.

1999
Greyhound Lines' equity shareholders agree to a merger with Laidlaw, Inc., bringing together the U.S. and Canadian bus lines for the first time under one CEO.

Hotard, now the largest tour company in the South, joins Greyhound.

2000
www.greyhound.com launches Print at Home Ticketing.

Greyhound introduces the G4100 model. The G4100 is the first of the G series and seats 47 passengers. It offers the latest technology and features, including the aerodynamic look and more legroom.

2001
Greyhound exceeds $1 billion in operating revenue for the first time since deregulation of the bus industry in 1981.

Greyhound participates in the 40th Anniversary celebration of the 1961 Freedom Rides, a milestone in American desegregation.

The G4500 is introduced. It is the newest model of the Greyhound fleet with a sleek new design, greater fuel-efficiency, roomier seating for 55 passengers, wheel-chair lifts, a quieter ride and increased baggage capacity.

2002
Greyhound launches international ticketing with Grupo Estrella Blanca to provide seamless connections into Mexico.

Greyhound marks its 100th intermodal transportation center, where the company shares a facility with other modes of transportation.

2003
Stephen Gorman succeeds Craig Lentzsch as president and CEO of Greyhound Lines, Inc.

2004
Greyhound begins transforming its network to become a smaller, simpler network of routes that will better serve customers with safe, affordable and enjoyable transportation.

The National Runaway Switchboard recognizes Greyhound for its ongoing commitment to helping at-risk youth. More than 10,000 runaways have been reunited with loved ones through the company’s Home Free program.

2005
A pilot program called “The New Greyhound. We’ve Elevated Everything,” introduced a new look to Greyhound’s fleet, the terminals and employees’ uniforms in the Chicago-Milwaukee-Minneapolis corridor.

Greyhound debuts a customized bus, featuring an all-black livery with chrome accents, premium stereo system, flat-screen TVs and leather seating, at the 2005 VIBE Awards. The Unleashed bus goes on a two-year cross-country tour, making appearances at special events.

2006
A new customer loyalty program, Road Rewards, is introduced. Customers earn free trips and discounts the more they ride.

Greyhound launches e-ticketing in select markets, where customers can purchase tickets on-line, print them out and go straight to the gate.

Jack Haugsland, COO, retires after 40 years with the company. He started his career at Greyhound as a driver while attending the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh, Wisc.

2007
Greyhound’s “Elevate Everything” initiative expands throughout the United States.

Greyhound introduces priority boarding, where customers can reserve a guaranteed seat and board first on select schedules for just $5.

On Oct. 1, Greyhound’s parent company, Laidlaw International, is acquired by FirstGroup plc, the world’s leading transport operator in the UK and North America. Steve Gorman steps down as president and CEO, and Dave Leach is named as his successor.

2008
Greyhound launches a new premium curbside service, BoltBus, in the Northeast. Fares start at $1 and customers can enjoy luxury amenities such as free Wi-Fi, power outlets and extra legroom on the brand-new buses.

2009
More than 100 new buses are introduced into the Greyhound fleet in the Northeast. The luxury buses feature a neo-classic livery, with free Wi-Fi, power outlets, extra legroom, leather seating and three-point seatbelts.

BoltBus celebrates its one-year anniversary and announces it has carried its one-millionth customer.

2010
Greyhound signs sponsorship deal to be the official bus company of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Greyhound Express, the company’s new premium express service, launches in Chicago on Dec. 1.

2011
In less than one year since its inception, Greyhound Express expands to more than 30 markets across the U.S.

Greyhound partners with PayNearMe, which allows customers to book tickets online and pay for them with cash at more than 6,400 7-Eleven® stores.

2012
Greyhound Express continues to rapidly expand to more than 85 markets in the United States and Canada.

BoltBus, the company’s premium curbside service, expands to the Pacific Northwest.

Greyhound expands its Pay With Cash service to include ACE Cash Express stores.

Greyhound launches its new Chinatown service, YO! Bus, between New York and Philadelphia.

2013
Greyhound places an order for 220 new buses from Prevost (X3-45) and MCI (D4505).