The Albany Transit Company, incorporated in 1911, was a venture of Charles W. Rawson, S.C. Brown, and F.F. Putney, among others. $75,000 in capital investment was provided to the new company, which would build and operate an electric streetcar system in the city and its suburban areas. Earlier street railroads in Albany had relied on mule-drawn cars, but by 1912, when the service began operation, animal-powered transportation was fading quickly as an acceptable option.
In 1914 the company operated 5 miles of track with 4 motor cars and 4 other cars, according to the McGraw Electrical Trade Directory for that year.
The company was not a success financially, and its demise was foreseen in this report in the March 27, 1920 issue of the Electric Railway Journal, "The Albany (Ga.) Transit Company has reduced service to a single car. Complete suspension and the junking of the line are threatened. It is said that the principal owners will sell for $45,000. The suggestion has been made that the city take over the road and operate it."