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Utah Transit Authority Buses

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This page was last updated on April 5, 2016.

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(This is a work in progress; research continues.)

Motor Coach Age Articles

Motor Coach Age, the magazine of the Motor Bus Society, published a four-part history in 1987-1988 of buses in Salt Lake City and other cities in northern Utah. Back issues are long out of print and unavailable, so to preserve this vital part of the history of transportation in Utah, the text of the articles is presented here:

Utah Light and Traction Co. -- 1923 to 1944

Salt Lake City Lines -- 1944 to 1970

Regional Bus Companies, including Bamberger, Ogden, Utah-Idaho Central Railroad, Cook Transportation, Salt Lake and Utah Railroad, Utah Valley Transit, and Provo City Lines

Utah Transit Authority -- 1970 to 1988

Rosters of the buses -- Roster from the above four Motor Coach Age articles.

Current UTA Bus Roster, after 1988 -- compiled by Andre Kristopans

Bus World Article

An excellent article about Salt Lake City's electric coaches, also known as trackless trolleys.


Photos of the electric trolley coaches from the article in Bus World, and the above Motor Coach Age articles.


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March 1, 1946
Salt Lake City Lines purchased the stock, equipment, and interests of the Airways Motor Coach Lines (from Utah Public Service Commission case 2941).

Airways was incorporated in Wyoming, owned 23 buses, and provided all bus service south of 2100 South, east of Redwood Road, and west of Wasatch Boulevard to the south line of Salt Lake County. The Airways bus shops were located at 29 East 900 South, between Main Street and State Street.

Salt Lake City Lines was engaged in bus and electric coach operation in Salt Lake City. No mention is made of street car service.

The purchase price was $125,000.00 with the purchase agreement signed on February 4, 1946.

Approved February 27, 1946; sale to take effect on March 1, 1946.

An excerpt from an earlier history of the Bamberger Railroad by Don Strack:

Bamberger Railroad on June 26, 1953, sold its bus subsidiary, Bamberger Transportation Co., to the Lake Shore Motor Coach Lines Co., newly organized for the purpose. Lake Shore's president and organizer, Dale Barratt, was general manager of Salt Lake City Lines, the local bus company that had taken over the streetcar lines in Salt Lake City. Barratt was also regional director of the parent company, National City Lines. (Salt Lake Tribune, June 27, 1953)

The sale became effective on July 3, when Lake Shore took ownership of Bamberger's 17 buses. In a side note about later bus operations, Barratt sold Lake Shore to Salt Lake City Lines in 1965 and left Utah. In August 1968, Barratt returned and purchased all interests in Salt Lake City lines, which he sold to the new Utah Transit Authority in August 1970. The former Lake Shore (ex-Bamberger) operations were split off from Salt Lake City Lines in May 1969 and sold to Cook Transportation of Logan. (Motor Coach Age, June-July 1987, pp. 4-6)

February 18, 1975
Utah Transit Authority took over the franchise of providing transit service west of Redwood Road. The franchise was previously held by Lewis Brothers Stages, which sold the franchise to UTA following arbitration. UTA would provide bus service to Kearns, Granger, and Taylorsville. (Ogden Standard Examiner, October 5, 1975)

Additional Bus Information

Andre's Bus Data -- A separate index for bus data compiled by Andre Kristopans

Bus Information on the web -- Links to web pages for additional bus data, including VIN data

More Information

UTA Wikipedia article

Will Bagley's article -- "A Century Ago, Salt Lake Was Transit Model" from Salt Lake Tribune

Streetcars in Utah -- An index page for streetcar information throughout Utah.