Bridgeport Auto Transit Co. was a bus operator in Bridgeport, Connecticut. It had one main route, "BARNUM-STATE" (via Hancock Ave., Fairfield Ave., State St., Kossuth St., Crescent Ave., Barnum Ave. into Stratford: Bruce Ave., Hollister St.), and two "shuttles": "SUCCESS PARK" and "NICHOLS AVE.," two limited-service shuttles that connected Stratford sections with its Barnum Ave. line at its garage on Sage Ave., a 30-yard walk to Barnum Ave.
The shuttles had very few passengers before they were discontinued in the late-1970s, traveling up Sage Ave. to Boston Ave., then either up Success Ave. to near Broadbridge Ave., or up Clover St. to Canaan Rd., Broadbridge Ave., North Ave., and Nichols Ave. to Hawley Lane. "BARNUM-STATE" ran as often as every 10 minutes, with half its bus fleet being old and short General Motors 36-seaters almost always filled tightly with up to 50 passengers.
It should also be noted that service territory was exceptionally shared with CR & L Lines along Barnum Ave., Fairfield Ave., and State St.
When CR & L Lines folded in November 1972, Bridgeport Auto Transit took over CR & L's former #14 route between Bridgeport/Stratford and Fairfield (with Stratford Bus Line eventually taking over the Stratford-Bridgeport route portion) until consolidating with all other Bridgeport bus companies as Greater Bridgeport Transit District by 1975- then nicknamed The People Mover. (compiled by Ted Elliss)