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Illustrated History of Connecticut License Plates
Joe Wasielewski - ALPCA Member 6996
All-Terrain
Ambulance
Amateur Radio
Apportioned
Boat Ramp
Bus
Camp Trailer to 1957
Camp Trailer 1958-
Camper
Classic Vehicle
Combination 1
Combination 2
Commercial to 1957
Commercial 1958-
Common
Construction
Dealer Motorcycle
Dealer New to 1969
Dealer New 1970-1989
Dealer New 1990-
Dealer Spec. Equip.
Dealer Used to 1969
Dealer Used 1970-1989
Dealer Used 1990-
Dismantler
Early American
Error Plates
Exp. Test
Factory
Farm
Fire Apparatus
Fish
Foreign Consul
Gasoline
Handicapped
Hearse
High Mileage Veh.
Interstate
Junk
Livery
Marine Trailer
M.F.G.
Military
Miscellaneous/Local
Motorcycle
Municipal
M.V. Dept
Parade
Permits
Political - State
Political - US
POW
Prototype
PUC
Repair to 1969
Repair 1970-
Sample
School Bus
Service Bus
Snowmobile
Special Equipment
Sphinx
State
Student Transport
Taxi
Temp. Metal Plates
Temp. Non-Passenger
Temp. Pass.
Temp. Reg. Certificate
Toll
Trailer
Trans.
Vanpool
Veteran
Volunteer Firefighter
Wrecker
Bus
These plates are used on buses which transport passengers for hire. They can be used on vans to motorcoaches.

This type started in 1922 as "Jitney". They had the reverse colors of passenger plates with a J- prefix. Sometime in the 1930s the type was changed to "Bus" which is used to today.

"Temporary Jitney" plates are known for the 1920s, with a TJ- prefix.

"General District" Bus plates were used starting sometime in the 1950s. These look the same as regular bus plates (including the "Bus" caption), but have a letter prefix. They were issued to transportation agencies as a series - for example, A 15, B 15, C 15, etc. Buses operated by The Connecticut Company, formerly the state's largest streetcar company, used plates of this type. I am not sure when new plates of this type were discontinued, but a couple of existing registrations were carried over into the 2000s.

As of 2016 Bus plates are now in the generic AB-12345 format.
 
Click the photo to see this type in use.

See Also: Prototype


1936 1957
1936. The "Bus" caption was added in the early 1930s, but the "J" prefix for "Jitney" remained. 1957
This plate was used in '56 and '57.
The shiny background didn't scan too well.
   
1964 General District 1965
1964 General District Bus 1965
   
1990s 1999 
1990s Map Base  1999
   
 
ca. 2000s  
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