During the '50's and 60's there were four separate bus companies operating various routes within the city limits. Each had their own fare system and passengers were not able to transfer from one bus company to another.
By the early '70's, increasing dissatisfaction with the transit service led to a vote on a municipally owned and operated transit system. At a plebiscite in 1971, Sudburians voted overwhelmingly to approve a municipal system.
The City of Sudbury's transit fleet was set in motion on Monday January 3, 1972, after a brief trial run the day before. By now, Sudbury Transit has provided more than 25 years of service to the community. It has been a period marked by steady progress and improvements ... from the introduction of electronic fare boxes and swipe passes to the acquisition of kneeling and low floor buses. In 1998, the opening of the new transit centre was a fitting culmination to 25 years of service and will undoubtedly be regarded in years to come as a milestone in the development of transit services in Sudbury.