Blue Bird Coach Lines
For other Bluebird Coach Lines, see Bluebird Coach Lines.
Blue Bird Coach Lines is a former intercity, line-run, school bus, and tour operator that served Western New York from two bases located in Olean, New York and North Tonawanda, New York.
Blue Bird Coach Lines began as the Blue Bird Taxicab Company, founded in Olean, New York by Joseph Magnano in 1915. In the 1920s and 1940s, the portfolio of services grew, including charter and tour coach service.
In 1963, Blue Bird entered into regular intercity bus service as well, acquiring from Central Greyhound Lines of New York, a line run service from Buffalo to Olean by way of East Aurora; a line run from Buffalo to Bradford by way of Hamburg and Salamanca; and and an Olean to Salamanca route by way of Bradford.
In 1967, Blue Bird acquired the operations of the Chautauqua Transit Company, extending their reach westward from Olean to Jamestown and Westfield.
In 1973, Blue Bird acquired Seaway Coach Lines, adding service between Erie and Scranton, including points in between the two terminals. This service continued for a few years, and was made a franchise run, eventually stopping altogether.
Between the next route expansion, Blue Bird entered interlining agreements with Hudson Transit Lines, allowing passengers to continue on that agencies vehicles east to as far as New York City with through ticketing, and expansions in their school bus services.
In 1981, the final attempt at expanding the Blue Bird service area was reached with new line run service connecting Jamestown and Rochester, with stops at Olean, Perry and Geneseo. The service even extended further for a short time to Syracuse, but was withdrawn.
In 1991, Blue Bird exited the line run business, with an exception of their Buffalo to Olean line run. Service from Olean to Jamestown was acquired by startup operator Imperial Coach Lines, to become later, Empire Transit Lines. Empire Transit Lines later was purchased and merged into the Coach USA network and became part of Coach USA Erie. In 1994, the Buffalo to Olean line run went the same way, and was merged into Coach USA Erie, at the same time as Niagara Scenic Bus Line's Buffalo to Jamestown line run.
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Additionally, some fleet numbers will have gaps between numbers; some equipment being vans or school buses.
|1||1934||Yellow Coach||U Series|
|122||1955||GMC||PD-4104||Detroit Diesel 6V71||Possibly to Beaver Valley Motor Coach Company.|
|124-125||1951||GMC||PD-4103||Detroit Diesel 6V71|
|133||Beck and Company||Mainliner|
|136||1956||GMC||PD-4104||Detroit Diesel 6V71||Possibly to Beaver Valley Motor Coach Company.|
|137-140||1942||GMC||PD-4103||Detroit Diesel 6V71|
|141-148||1956-1958||GMC||PD-4104||Detroit Diesel 6V71|
|164-165||1966||GMC||TDH-4519||165 to Suffolk County Transit 111.|
|171||1958||GMC||PD-4104||Detroit Diesel 6V71|
|175-179||1953-1954||GMC||PD-4104||Detroit Diesel 6V71|
|185||1969||International||44-66 (School Bus)|
|190-192||1969||International||44-66 (School Bus)|
|197-199||1971, 1972||International||44-66 (School Bus)|
|GMC||P8M-4905A||Detroit Diesel 8V-71|
|208-211, 215-217||(208-211) 3/1973
|GMC||P8M-4905A||Detroit Diesel 8V-71||208 named "Prestige 1" coach. 208 included amenities such as a galley and area for a service attendant.|
|212-214||1973||International||44-66 (School Bus)|
|227||1957||GMC||PD-4104||Detroit Diesel 6V71|
|231-235||1972||GMC||40-60 (School Bus)|
|236-240||1955||GMC||TDM-4515||236, 240 to Beaver Valley Motor Coach Company, same fleet numbers.|
|241-246||1975||MCI||MC-8||Detroit Diesel 8V71N||Assigned serial numbers S10814-S10819|
|247-250||1974||GMC||P8M-4905A||Detroit Diesel 8V-71||249-250 to New Jersey Transit 6006-6007|
|251-252||1974||GMC||T6H-4523N||252 to Miami Valley Regional Transit Authority 820, in 1980.|
|253-258||1974, 1975||GMC||40-60 (School Bus)|
|261-264||1975||MCI||MC-8||Detroit Diesel 8V71N||
Assigned serial numbers S11660-S11661.
|273-277||1975||International||44-66 (School Bus)|
|278-281||1976||MCI||MC-8||Detroit Diesel 8V71N||
Assigned serial numbers S12243-S12246
|282-284||1976 (06)||MCI||MC-8||Detroit Diesel 8V71N||Assigned serial numbers S12359-S12361.|
|285-289||1976||International||44-66 (School Bus)|
|300-308||1977||MCI||MC-8||Detroit Diesel 8V71N||
Assigned serial numbers S12571, S12832, S12850-S12852, and S12294-S12297.
|314-316||1978||Dodge||Fifteen passenger van.|
|322-324||1966||International||60 Low (School Bus)|
|326-330||1978||International||43 (School Bus)|
|331||1966||International||40 Low (School Bus)|
|336-343||1967||International||60 Low (School Bus)|
|344-346||1979||Dodge||15 passenger van.|
|347-349||1979||International||60 Low (School Bus)|
|351||1979||Dodge||15 passenger van.|
|367||GMC||PD-4107||Detroit Diesel 8V71||Manual 4-speed|
|368-369||1968-1969||International||60 Low (School Bus)|
|370||1979||Dodge||15 passenger van.|
|372-386||1980||Ford||44 (School Bus)|
|391-398||1980||Dodge||15 passenger van.|
|399||1980||Ford||17P (School Bus)|
|415-418||1980||Dodge||15 passenger van.|
|419||1981||Ford||44 (School Bus)|
|420-423||1973||Dodge||44 (School Bus)|
|430-432||1981||MCI||MC-9||430 was "Buffalo Booster"|
|433-436||1981||Ford||44 (School Bus)|
|437, 442-448||1972||Dodge||44 (School Bus)|
|438-441||1981||Dodge||15 passenger van.|
|449-458||1981||Ford||44 (School Bus)|
|474||197||Dodge||15 passenger van.|
|475-480||1982||Dodge||15 passenger van.|
|481||1971||International||60 Low (School Bus)|
|482, 484||1977, 1978||Ford||15 passenger van.|
|485||1977||GMC||44-66 (School Bus)|
|486||1979||Blue Bird||56-84 (School Bus)|
|488||1971||International||40-66 (School Bus)|
|490||1976||International||20-30 (School Bus)|
|491-496||1983||Dodge||15 passenger van.|
|497-499, 501-503||1972-1973||Dodge||44-66 (School Bus)|
|504-508||1982||International||44 (School Bus)|
|534-538||GMC||PD-4107||Detroit Diesel 8V71||Manual 4-speed|
|7000, 7002||1997||MCI||102-DL3||Detroit Diesel Series 60|
|VIP 6-VIP 7||1980 (06)||Prevost||LeMirage?|