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Making connections : the long-distance bus industry in the USA
Walsh, Margaret.
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Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, Vt. : Ashgate, [2000]

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xvii, 245 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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An examination of the varied paths of the American inter-city bus industry from its origins in the second decade of the 20th century to deregulation in 1982. This sector of transport has been much neglected by historians and this book seeks to uncover a range of useful and pertinent information to those who are interested in understanding entrepreneurial endeavours, patterns of mobility and consumer attitudes. It analyzes the development of the national industry, probes the growth of particular companies and investigates specific aspects of business behaviour. The work is presented as a series of focused essays which offer insights into such topics as regulation, marketing, gender patterns and intermodal competition. It draws on diverse archival materials, government surveys and findings, trade publications, interviews and photographs. A wide-ranging bibliographical essay offers a guide to available sources.

Author Notes

Margaret Walsh is Reader in American Economic and Social History at the University of Nottingham.

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Walsh (Univ. of Nottingham) offers a very interesting account of the intercity bus industry in the US. She examines the industry from its origins in the 1920s to deregulation in 1982, in a series of essays that treat regulation, marketing, gender patterns, and competition. Contents include material on routes during the years up to WWII and afterward; profiles of the Greyhound Bus Corporation, the Red Ball Transportation Company, and the Jefferson Highway Transportation Company; origins and establishment of the US interstate bus industry, including regulation; and the role of women in the long-distance bus industry. The author acknowledges that it was unfortunate that she did not have the cooperation of the Greyhound Corporation in preparing the book, but she did an excellent job of weaving stories for the reader. There is not much information included from the 90s; Walsh could have obtained considerable data from the US Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Statistics to flesh out her narrative and give readers a better understanding of the industry today. An easy to read history with exciting stories. General readers; graduate students; faculty and researchers. W. J. Sproule; Michigan Technological University

Table of Contents

List of Tablesp. vii
List of Figuresp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xvi
1 Introductionp. 1
Part 1 Main Routes
2 From Jitney to Giant: The Early Growth of Long-Distance Bus Transport in the USAp. 17
3 Missing Connections: The Long-Distance Bus Industry in the USA from the Second World War to Deregulationp. 32
Part 2 Regional Highways
4 Tracing the Hound: The Minnesota Roots of the Greyhound Bus Corporationp. 75
5 Iowa's Bus Queen: Helen M. Schultz and the Red Ball Transportation Companyp. 89
6 Minnesota's 'Mr Bus': Edgar F. Zelle and the Jefferson Highway Transportation Companyp. 106
Part 3 Alternative Avenues
7 The Motor Carrier Act of 1935: The Origins and Establishment of Federal Regulation of the Interstate Bus Industry in the USAp. 137
8 'See this Amazing America': The Long-Distance Bus Industry's Use of Advertising in its First Quarter Centuryp. 154
9 Not Rosie the Riveter: Women's Diverse Roles in the Making of the American Long-Distance Bus Industryp. 173
10 On and Off the Buses: 1940s Images from New Yorkp. 187
Bibliographical Essay and Bibliographyp. 219
Indexp. 239