Transit Buses Inc. - 1948-1949 - Dearborn, Michigan - Transit Buses/Checker Cab Mfg. Co. - 1950-1955 - Kalamazoo, Michigan


Transit Buses were formed in 1941 as a selling organization for the rear-engine Ford Transit bus (see Ford), but went off on its own at the end of 1947 after disagreements with Ford over the proper sort of change to make in order to meet post-war demands. The company owned Union City Body Co., and that plant was used, starting in the fall of 1947, to produce a new design of 31-­passenger bus body. Chassis were built by Checker Cab Manufacturing Co., and Continental engines mounted crosswise at the rear were standard equipment. In the changed economics of the post-war years, many former operators of lightweight buses were unable to afford new vehicles, and the few cities (particularly Detroit) that had earlier pursued small-bus policies were finding that increased labor costs forced a revision of their thinking. Detroit did buy 300 Transits in 1949, but fewer than 200 were sold to other operators in two years, and in January 1950 Transit Buses Inc was sold to Checker Cab (See Checker).



For more information please read:

Ed Strauss & Karen Strauss - The Bus World Encyclopedia of Buses

G.N. Georgano & G. Marshall Naul - The Complete Encyclopedia of Commercial Vehicles

Albert Mroz - Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Trucks & Commercial Vehicles

Donald F. Wood - American Buses

Denis Miller - The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Trucks and Buses

Susan Meikle Mandell - A Historical Survey of Transit Buses in the United States

David Jacobs - American Buses, Greyhound, Trailways and Urban Transportation

William A. Luke & Linda L. Metler - Highway Buses of the 20th Century: A Photo Gallery 

William A. Luke & Brian Grams - Buses of Motorcoach Industries 1932-2000 Photo Archive

William A. Luke - Greyhound Buses 1914-2000 Photo Archive

William A. Luke - Prevost Buses 1924-2002 Photo Archive

William A. Luke - Flxible Intercity Buses 1924-1970 Photo Archive

William A. Luke - Buses of ACF Photo Archive (including ACF-Brill & CCF-Brill)

William A. Luke - Trailways Buses 1936-2001 Photo Archive

William A. Luke - Fageol & Twin Coach Buses 1922-1956 Photo Archive

William A. Luke - Yellow Coach Buses 1923 Through 1943: Photo Archive

William A. Luke - Trolley Buses: 1913 Through 2001 Photo Archive

Harvey Eckart - Mack Buses: 1900 Through 1960 Photo Archive

Brian Grams & Andrew Gold - GM Intercity Coaches 1944-1980 Photo Archive

Robert R. Ebert  - Flxible: A History of the Bus and the Company

John McKane - Flxible Transit Buses: 1953 Through 1995 Photo Archive

Bill Vossler - Cars, Trucks and Buses Made by Tractor Companies

Lyndon W Rowe - Municipal buses of the 1960s

Edward S. Kaminsky - American Car & Foundry Company 1899-1999

Dylan Frautschi - Greyhound in Postcards: Buses, Depots and Post Houses


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