The Buffalo Transit Company was founded in 1924 by William H. Pennsyres as the Buffalo and Akron Transit Company,
whose original route ran from Buffalo through Cheektowaga to Clarence and Akron. In 1926, the company added
a route from Buffalo out to Depew,Lancaster,Alden,Darien Center,Alexander, and Attica. Fageol Safety Coaches were the
company's first buses. 1927 saw the company change its name to the Buffalo Transit Company. BTC added service to Williamsville
in 1930, replacing the just terminated streetcar service there. At that time,BTC's service area consisted of Cheektowaga,Depew,Lancaster,Bowmansville,Clarence,Alden,Akkron,Darien
Center, Alexander,Attica, and now Eggertsville,Snyder and Williamsville. This was not bad for a bus company
that had been in business for less than six years. Two companies that figured in the growth of the Buffalo Transit
Company and its service area were Erie County Motor Coach Lines established in1931 to operate bus service between Orchard
Park,Hamburg,Gardenville and Ebenezer and the Hamburg Bus Company, whose routes were as follows:
Hamburg Bus Company had 30 buses and 62 route miles. It was merged into BTC in 1946.The addition of these two companies
to the BTC network helped form the Buffalo Transit Company's Lakeshore Division,which served the south suburbs of Buffalo.
The Williamsville Division served that community, Snyder, and Eggertsville as well as portions of Cheektowaga.
The Broadway Division provided service to Cheektowaga,Sloan,Depew,Lancaster, and Alden and operated out of BTC headquarters
at 200 Broadway. Buffalo Transit Company operated a fleet of 125 buses, though 78 were used in normal daily operations,
28 of them assigned to the Lakeshore Division. The following is an approximation of BTC's fleet roster for 1960,
Buffalo Transit Company's final full year of independent operation before purchase by NFT in 1961.
GMC TDH5106 1958 51 seats 300-329
GMC TDH4512 1957 45 seats 330-339
GMC TDH5302 1960 53 seats 340-349
GMC TDH4512 1955-47 45 seats 350-382
Buffalo Transit Company used letters to designate its various routes while NFT used numbers with letters for route
variations. Here are the BTC routes:
F-Gardenville (Seneca Street)