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Orange Belt Stages

Orange Belt Stages (OBS) is a bus company based in Visalia, California. OBS was incorporated on November 30, 1935, and offers charters anywhere in the U.S. and Canada, as well as scheduled runs in California and to Las Vegas, Nevada.


  • History 1
  • Routes 2
  • Connections 3
  • External links and references 4


The company had its beginning in 1916, when Cyril Haworth began a taxi service in Kern County, California. Cyril "Pop" Haworth had 3 sons, two of whom ran the company. Thoburn (T.S.) ran the Visalia branch while Bryan ran the Bakersfield branch until he was bought out in the mid 1970s. T.S.' son Michael has run the company from Visalia since 1980. The headquarters is in Visalia with branches in Fresno and Bakersfield.

The name Orange Belt Stages came from the route along the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, where lush groves of oranges are found.


The routes have diminished. Go to for current routes.


OBS buses connects with Greyhound at various points, particularly Fresno, Bakersfield and Goshen (just west of Visalia).

OBS buses also connect with Amtrak trains in Paso Robles, Merced and Bakersfield and are considered part of the Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach system.

OBS also owns Orange Belt Adventures, a travel agency offering tours and charters.

External links and references

  • Orange Belt Stages website
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