The Omnibus Corporation

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The Omnibus Corporation (also Omnibus Corporation of America[1]) was formed in 1924 and acquired control of Fifth Avenue Coach Company and the Chicago Motor Coach Company with John D. Hertz as chairman.[2] In 1953 it purchased Yellow Drive-It-Yourself from General Motors and sold its interests in public transport. The following year the company was renamed The Hertz Corporation and was floated on the New York Stock Exchange.


John D. Hertz formed the Omnibus Corporate in 1924 as a merger of the Chicago Motor Coach and the Fifth Avenue Motor Coach Corporation of New York City.[3] Between 1925 and 1936, The Omnibus Corporation acquired streetcar companies that operated on Madison Avenue and Eighth Avenue.[2]

In 1952 the Chicago operations were taken over by the Chicago Transit Authority.[3] In 1953 Hertz for The Omnibus Corporation to purchase the 'Hertz Drive-Ur-Self System' car rental business from GM that he had sold to GM as part of the Yellow Truck and Coach Manufacturing Company in 1925. Hertz sold all The Omnibus Corporation's public transport interests the same year, changed the name to 'The Hertz Corporation', and floated it on the New York Stock Exchange the following year.[4]


  1. ^ Rabinowitz, Alan (2004). Urban economics and land use in America : the transformation of cities in the twentieth century. Armonk, N.Y: M.E. Sharpe. p. 74. ISBN 0-7656-1410-3.
  2. ^ a b "Fifth Avenue Transportation Company, 1885-1895; Fifth Avenue Coach Company, 1895-1962, New York, New York".
  3. ^ a b Chicago Motor Coach Co. The Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago © 2005 Chicago Historical Society
  4. ^ "The Hertz Corporation". Hertz Guatemala Rent A Car. May 7, 2013. Retrieved Feb 26, 2015.

Further reading[edit]

  • Robert T Swaine: The Cravath firm and its predecessors, 1819-1947 Clark, N.J. : Lawbook Exchange, 2007., ISBN 978-1-58477-713-7