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Here we will take a ride on Grand Island Transit's line run operations before the company got out of the line run business,first by selling its Buffalo-Niagra Falls route to
NFTA Metrobus in 1975 and discontinuing its Buffalo-Wellsville run in 1981. First bus boarding at Gate No.7 is for River Road, Grand Island, and Niagara Falls,NY. Second bus, departing at 9:00, also boarding through Gate 7 for East Aurora,Varysburg,Warsaw,Silver Springs, Perry,Castile, Portageville, Fillmore,Houghton,Oramel,Canadea, Belfast, Belmont,Scio, and Wellsville.

Founded in 1936 to provide a public transit service linking Grand Island with both Buffalo and Niagara Falls, Grand Island Transit Corporation had its headquarters in Buffalo for many years, first at 200 Mohawk Street, and later, at 200 Broadway (former home of Buffalo Transit Company). As Grand Island Transit built its Buffalo-Niagara Falls bus line, it developed its charter and tour business as well. Essentially a commuter service, the Buffalo-Grand Island-Niagara Falls bus line carried package express and a fair number of honeymooners as well. From the outset, Grand Island Transit was a high density, high frequency of service operation that connected with numerous other bus lines at Buffalo, including Edwards Lakes To Sea, Greyhound, Canada Coach Lines, Gray Coach Lines, and sister company Lockport Bus Lines. One connecting Line, Genesee Bus Lines of East Aurora,NY, became Grand Island Transit's merger partner, being merged into GIT in 1966. Genesee Bus, founded in1939, operated routes from Buffalo through East Aurora to North Java,Wellsville, and Hornell. Genesee's route structure provided Grand Island Transit with additional charter origination territory as well as regular route operations. The beginning of the end of the line run operation came with the March 22,1970 Buffalo-Wellsville timetable with service reduced to a Saturday Only 'franchise' run, while the Buffalo-Niagara Falls line continued as before with GMC PD4106s,MCI MC5s,MC7s being used on the route in addition to the six GMC suburban coaches purchased for the service. Four of these buses were GMC SDM4501s delivered in 1960 and 61, numbered 66,68,72 and 74, each seating 45 passengers. These were joined in 1967 by an SDM5302, No. 104, which at first seated 47 passengers with wash room, but later reconfigured to seat 49 as most buses of this type did. The final GMC bus ever purchased by Grand Island Transit was S8M5305A No.114, which was delivered in 1970. When GIT sold the Buffalo-Grand Island-Niagara Falls route to NFTA Metrobus, Suburban buses 66,68,104,and 114 came with the package. 72 and 74 were retired at that time. This was done in 1975 and the Saturday only run to Wellsville,NY continued for six more years before being discontinued in 1981, marking Grand Island Transit's exit from the regular route business. Today, the company offers only charter and tour service.

Timetables
Table 1A. Buffalo to Niagara Falls
2424      Trip Numbers         1         3       5       7      9      11      13        15      17     19      21       23
Buffalo(Terminal)    Lv    0600   0645   0730 0750 0900 1010 1120   1300  1410 1530  1645   1730
Hotel Statler                    0603  0648   0733  0753 0903 1013 1123   1303  1413  1533 1648   1733
Buffalo City Line             0622  0707   0752  0812 0922  1032 1142   1322  1432  1552 1707  1752
Wickwire Plant              0626  0711   0756   0816 0926 1036  1146   1326  1436 1556 1713 1756
Staley Road                   0631  0716   0801   0821 0931 1041  1151   1331  1441 1601 1716 1751
Grand Island Plaza       0633  0718   0803   0823  0933  1043  1153  1333 14431603  1718 1753
LaSalle Bridge              0640 0725   0810    0830  0940  1050  1200  1340  1450 1610 1725 1800
Niagara Falls (Term.)A 0653  0738   0823    0843  0953  1103  1213   1353  1503 1623 1738 1813
 
Table 1A (Continued)
Trip Numbers                   23          25          27          29         31
Buffalo(Terminal  Lv    1720       1800     1930       2100     2315
Hotel Statler                 1723       1803     1933       2103    2318
Buffalo City Line           1742       1822     1952      2122    2337
Wickwire Plant             1746       1826     1956      2126    2341
Staley Road                  1751        1831     2001     2131    2346
Grand Island Plaza       1753       1833     2003     2133    2358
LaSalle Bridge              1800       1840     2010     2140    2355
Niagara Falls       Ar      1813       1853     2053     2153    2408
From timetable card effective November 11,1973 (final issue) Table 1b  follows. 
Table 1B Niagara Falls to Buffalo
Trip Numbers                 2            4            6         8           10          12          14        16          18
Niagara Falls      Lv  0600      0645     0720    0750       0900     1010     1120      1300     1410
LaSalle Bridge          0613      0658     0733    0803       0913     1023     1133      1313      1423
Grand Island Plaza   0620      0705     0740    0810       0920     1030     1140      1320      1430
Staley Road               0622      0707     0742   0812        0922     1032     1142      1322      1432
Wickwire Plant         0627       0712    0747    0817       0927      1037     1147      1327     1437
Buffalo City Line       0631       0716    0751    0821       0931      1041      1151     1331      1441
Hotel Statler             0650       0735    0810    0840       0950       1100     1210      1350     1500
Buffalo Terminal ar  0653       0738    0813    0843        0953       1103     1213     1453      1503  
Table 1B Continued
Trip Numbers                   20           22         24         26          28          30
Niagara Falls Term.  L  1530      1645     1800      1930     2045       2200
LaSalle Bridge              1543      1658     1813      1943    2058        2213
Grand Island Plaza       1550      1705     1820      1950    2105        2220
Staley Road                   1552      1707    1822       1952    2107       2222
Wickwire Plant              1557      1712    1827       1957    2112       2227
Buffalo City Line            1601      1716     1831       2001   2116       2231
Hotel Statler                  1620       1735    1850       2020   2135       2250
Buffalo   Terminal    A    1623      1738     1853      2023   2138       2253
When NFTA Metrobus took over this route in 1975, the schedule remained approximately the same, though published in a new format timetable (NFT format).
Table 2. Buffalo-East Aurora-Wellsville (Saturday Only) 3-22-70
 
501                 Run Numbers              502
0900     Lv  Buffalo                  Ar      1715
0935     Lv  East Aurora                    1635
1015     Lv  Warsaw                Lv      1555
1025     Lv  Silver Springs     Lv       1545
1035     Lv  Perry                    Lv       1535
1050     Lv Castile                   Lv      1520
1055     Lv Portageville          Lv      1515
1115     Lv Houghton               Lv      1455
1125     Lv Belfast                   Lv      1445
1140     Lv Belmont                 Lv      1430
1155     Ar Wellsville               Lv      1415
Note: The numerous flagstops are not shown in this table, taken from the timetable in effect from March 22,1970   to the end of service in 1981. This was all that was left of the once extensive network operated by Genesee Bus Lines, which served Erie,Wyoming,Allegany,Steuben and Livingston Counties on several routes.