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For other uses, see [[Blue Bus (disambiguation)Blue Bus]].
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The “Blue Bus” lines was a group of four affiliated privately owned public transportation companies that provided bus transit service in the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area in the 1950s and 1960s.<ref name=mca-1971>"Portland Traction Co." [history of Portland transit up to 1971]. Motor Coach Age, September 1971, pp. 4–23. Motor Bus Society.</ref> The name was unofficial but was in common use in the 1960s, and variations included "Blue Bus lines", "Blue Lines", "blue bus" lines (or companies) and "blue buses". The Blue Bus companies provided service only between Portland and suburbs outside the city, or within such suburbs,<ref name=mca-1971/> as transit service within the city of Portland was the exclusive franchise of the Portland Traction Company or, after 1956, the Rose City Transit Company (RCT).<ref name="no operations shift">"Blue Bus Lines See No Operations Shift [if Rose City Transit drivers strike]". (November 12, 1969). The Oregonian, section 2, p. 7.</ref> The "blue buses" were prohibited from making stops inside the city except to pick up passengers destined for points outside RCT's service area (or to drop off such passengers when inbound to Portland).<ref name="no operations shift"/> The "blue" name was a reference to the paint scheme worn by most buses of the consortium. By contrast, city transit operator Rose City's buses wore a primarily red paint scheme.

All public transit operations of the Blue Bus lines were taken over by Tri-Met, a new regional public transit authority, in 1970, nine months after Tri-Met took over the Rose City Transit Company's service.<ref name=mca-1971/><ref name="created">Ruble, Web (February 25, 1973). "Transit was created because it had to be". The Sunday Oregonian, p. F1.</ref>


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For other uses, see [[Blue Bus (disambiguation)Blue Bus]].
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The “Blue Bus” lines was a group of four affiliated privately owned public transportation companies that provided bus transit service in the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area in the 1950s and 1960s.<ref name=mca-1971>"Portland Traction Co." [history of Portland transit up to 1971]. Motor Coach Age, September 1971, pp. 4–23. Motor Bus Society.</ref> The name was unofficial but was in common use in the 1960s, and variations included "Blue Bus lines", "Blue Lines", "blue bus" lines (or companies) and "blue buses". The Blue Bus companies provided service only between Portland and suburbs outside the city, or within such suburbs,<ref name=mca-1971/> as transit service within the city of Portland was the exclusive franchise of the Portland Traction Company or, after 1956, the Rose City Transit Company (RCT).<ref name="no operations shift">"Blue Bus Lines See No Operations Shift [if Rose City Transit drivers strike]". (November 12, 1969). The Oregonian, section 2, p. 7.</ref> The "blue buses" were prohibited from making stops inside the city except to pick up passengers destined for points outside RCT's service area (or to drop off such passengers when inbound to Portland).<ref name="no operations shift"/> The "blue" name was a reference to the paint scheme worn by most buses of the consortium. By contrast, city transit operator Rose City's buses wore a primarily red paint scheme.

All public transit operations of the Blue Bus lines were taken over by Tri-Met, a new regional public transit authority, in 1970, nine months after Tri-Met took over the Rose City Transit Company's service.<ref name=mca-1971/><ref name="created">Ruble, Web (February 25, 1973). "Transit was created because it had to be". The Sunday Oregonian, p. F1.</ref>


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