Bus depots of MTA Regional Bus Operations
MTA Regional Bus Operations operates local and express buses out of a number of bus depots in all five boroughs of New York City, United States. Several of these depots were once car barns for streetcars, while others were built much later and have only served buses.
- 1 Central Maintenance Facilities
- 2 The Bronx Division
- 3 Brooklyn Division
- 4 Manhattan Division
- 5 Mother Clara Hale Depot
- 6 Queens Division
- 7 Staten Island Division
- 8 Former depots
- 9 References
Central Maintenance Facilities
The MTA has two major "central maintenance facilities" that serve the New York City area. The Grand Avenue Central Maintenance Facility is adjacent to the Grand Avenue Depot in Maspeth and the Zerega Avenue Central Maintenance Facility is located at 750 Zerega Avenue in the Bronx. Both maintenance facilities are responsible for the major reconstruction of buses in need of repair and various workshops, including motor repairing, engine rebuilding, transmission shops, and body components on New York City Transit Authority's bus fleet and surface transportation training/institutional facility. In addition, Zerega Avenue CMF is responsible for registry of new buses in the fleet.
The Bronx Division
The Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority (MaBSTOA), a subsidiary of the New York City Transit brand, operates all the local routes in the Bronx except the Bx23 and the Q50 local routes and BxM express routes. Those routes are operated under the MTA Bus Company brand. All Bronx bus depots (including those under the MTA Bus Company) are represented by TWU Local 100.
The Eastchester Depot is located on Tillotson Avenue near Conner Street off of the New England Thruway (Interstate 95) in the Eastchester neighborhood of the Bronx, New York. It is currently owned by Edward Arrigoni, former president of New York Bus Service, and has been leased to the City of New York and MTA Bus Company for twenty years with an option to purchase afterwards. This depot contains a major bus overhaul and repair facility/shop for various type of buses, a major "reserve storage" facility for out-of-service buses, and a storage facility for decommissioned and wrecked buses awaiting scrapping.
Gun Hill Depot
The Gun Hill Depot is located at 1910 Bartow Avenue, just west of the New England Thruway in Baychester, Bronx. It opened on September 10, 1989, and was the first NYCTA depot to use solar panels that now provide about 40% of the depot's power. It is also the only New York City Transit bus garage that was built on previously undeveloped land.
The Kingsbridge Depot is located in the block bounded by Ninth Avenue, Tenth Avenue, 216th Street, and 218th Street in Inwood, Manhattan. It is two blocks north of the New York City Subway's 207th Street Yard. The depot was originally a car barn, and became the location of the central repair shop in 1947, when the 65th Street Shops closed. In 1948, the shop was again relocated to the depot in Yonkers. The original 1897 depot stood until 1990. Today, Kingsbridge Depot consists of two separate buildings: one for maintenance and one for bus storage.
West Farms Depot
The West Farms Depot is located along East 177th Street and next to the north end of the Sheridan Expressway in Tremont, Bronx. The depot opened on September 7, 2003 on the site of the former Coliseum Depot. It is one of five Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Depots in the Buses system, along with Jackie Gleason, Spring Creek, Zerega, and College Point facilities.
The depot houses the buses used on the Bx6, Bx8, Bx11, Bx15/Bx15LTD (split with Kingsbridge), Bx17, Bx19, Bx21, Bx27, Bx31, Bx32, Bx33, Bx35, Bx36/Bx36LTD, and Bx46 routes 
The Yonkers Depot is located at 59 Babcock Place in Yonkers, New York. Originally part of Liberty Lines Express, it is currently owned and operated by MTA Bus, and only houses express bus service between Yonkers (or Western Bronx) and Manhattan.
All Brooklyn local (except the B100 and B103 routes) and Brooklyn express (except the BM express routes) routes are operated by the New York City Transit brand. All Brooklyn NYCT depots are represented by TWU local 100, except Spring Creek which is represented by ATU local 1181.
East New York Depot
The East New York Depot is located at One Jamaica Avenue at Bushwick Avenue in East New York, Brooklyn, just east of the New York City Subway's East New York Yard. The depot opened in 1859 as a car barn for the Broadway Railroad's Broadway Line.
The Flatbush Depot is located in Flatlands, Brooklyn, near the Kings Plaza shopping center, where a number of bus routes terminate. The depot occupies two blocks, bounded by Fillmore Avenue, East 49th Street, Avenue N, and Utica Avenue.
The Brooklyn Heights Railroad (part of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company) opened the depot in mid-1902 along its Flatbush Avenue Line (later the Bergen Beach Shuttle) on Avenue N. The rebuilt depot, which re-opened in 1949, was designed by architect D. R. Collin of the BRT, was intended to be the first of a new system-wide design, but few of the company's depots, mostly inherited from former streetcar operators, were rebuilt to match such designs. It eventually served a number of lines from the Flatbush area, including the Bergen Beach Shuttle, Flatbush Avenue Line, Nostrand Avenue Line, Ocean Avenue Line, and Utica Avenue Line.
Fresh Pond Depot
Grand Avenue Depot
The Grand Avenue Depot is located between 47th Street and 49th Place on the north side of Grand Avenue in Maspeth, Queens. The building is on the former site of a car rental business. This modern 600,000 square feet (56,000 m2) and environmentally friendly facility is the first of its kind for New York City Transit Authority. It opened on January 6, 2008. The building design is certified Environmental Management Systems ISO 14001 specifications.
The four-story building includes four fueling and defueling stations, cleaning and storage facilities for 200 buses on the first floor, an advanced 27 bus central maintenance facility on the second floor, administrative offices for NYCT's Department of Buses on the third floor, and parking garages for MTA employees on the roof. The central maintenance facility will be able to repair and maintain the newer fleet of diesel, diesel hybrid-electric, 60-foot (18 m) articulated, express coach and compressed natural gas buses and expand the capabilities of the current East New York central maintenance facility for Brooklyn and Queens. The facility also has four environmentally friendly paint booths - self-contained units that avoid the spread of contaminants.
The building meets the needs of expanding demands of relieving the overcrowding Brooklyn Division's buses and upgrading the Department of Buses' facilities to be state-of-the-art from both environmental and technological standpoints.
Jackie Gleason Depot
The Jackie Gleason Depot, formerly the Fifth Avenue Depot until June 30, 1988, is located on the east side of Fifth Avenue between 36th and 39th Streets in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Named after Jackie Gleason, who grew up in Brooklyn and played bus driver Ralph Kramden in The Honeymooners, the depot is just west of the 36th-38th Street Yard of the New York City Subway. The depot was equipped with a compressed natural gas fueling station on June 7, 1999, and became the first NYCTA depot to support CNG buses CNG testing began in 1990, when the NYCTA was testing Transportation Manufacturing Corporation RTS-06 CNG demonstration model buses.
Spring Creek Depot
The Spring Creek Depot is located on Flatlands Avenue east of Crescent Street in Spring Creek neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Originally leased to the Command Bus Company, the depot was previously built and owned by the New York City Department of Transportation before being sold to MTA Bus in early 2009.
Ulmer Park Depot
The Ulmer Park Depot is located at 2449 Harway Avenue in the neighborhood of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. The depot fills the block bounded by 25th Avenue, Bay 38th Street, Harway Avenue, and Bath Avenue. The depot opened for operation in 1950 and is a single story, 118,800-square-foot (11,040 m2) building. This is the only NYCTA depot in Brooklyn to maintain express buses.
The Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority (MaBSTOA), a subsidiary of the New York City Transit Brand, operates all of the local buses in Manhattan, with the exception of those based out of 126th Street Depot. All Manhattan Bus Depots are represented by TWU Local 100
The Amsterdam Depot was located in the block bounded by Amsterdam Avenue, Convent Avenue, and 128th and 129th Streets in Manhattanville, Manhattan. The MTA shut down the Amsterdam Depot's bus operations on September 7, 2003, the day the new 100th Street Depot (since renamed to the Tuskegee Airmen Depot) opened. The depot was part of the Manhattan Division until spring 1998, when it was transferred to the Bronx Division due to the opening of the Michael J. Quill Depot and the closure of the Walnut Depot. The depot was once a Third Avenue Railway car barn. On January 6, 2008, MTA reopened the depot temporarily because of a rehabilitation project at the Mother Clara Hale Depot. Amsterdam Depot closed on June 27, 2010 due to service cuts. The M1 & M7 routes were transferred to Manhattanville Depot, while the M98 route went to the Michael J. Quill Depot. This garage now houses most of the museum bus fleet.
The Manhattanville Depot, formerly the 132nd Street Depot, is located in the block bounded by Broadway, Riverside Drive, and 132nd and 133rd Streets in Manhattanville, Manhattan. The depot is viewable from the 1 train between 125th St & 137th St.
Michael J. Quill Depot
The Michael J. Quill Depot fills the block bounded by Eleventh Avenue, the West Side Highway, 40th Street, and 41st Street in Midtown Manhattan. The depot opened in spring 1998 as the Westside Depot, replacing the Walnut Depot and 100th Street Depot (the latter since reopened), and was renamed after Michael J. Quill, one of the founders of the Transport Workers Union of America, on July 13, 2000. The depot is the former New York headquarters and bus garage for Greyhound Lines, which sold it to the New York City Transit Authority in 1996. The Michael J. Quill Bus Depot had received most of its routes from the defunct Hudson Pier depot. It is the largest depot in the city and consists of multiple floors with most of its buses stored on the roof.
Mother Clara Hale Depot
The site of the Mother Clara Hale Depot, formerly named the 146th Street Depot until 1993, fills the block bounded by Lenox Avenue, Seventh Avenue, and 146th and 147th Streets in Harlem, Manhattan. The depot is named for Harlem humanitarian Clara Hale.
The site of the depot was initially home to the Lenox Avenue Car House, a car barn and power station, built by the Metropolitan Street Railway for their Lenox Avenue Line, the first line in the city to use conduit electrification. The line and depot began service on July 9, 1895. The New York City Omnibus Corporation, which had replaced the former trolley lines with bus routes in 1936, began constructing a new bus garage on the site in 1938. Operations from the new depot began on July 31, 1939.
The previous depot building closed in January 2008 and was demolished in spring 2009. To make up for a lost depot, the Amsterdam Depot reopened temporarily, with some routes shifted to Manhattanville and West Farms. A new garage was built on the site after demolition, and was completed in November 2014. The new depot has replaced the 126th Street Depot, which lies above a historical 17th century African-American burial ground; it opened as a directly-run NYCT depot like the 126th Street Depot on January 4, 2015, though many routes are slated to be operated from other depots.
Tuskegee Airmen Depot
The Tuskegee Airmen Depot, formerly named 100th Street Depot, is located at 1552 Lexington Avenue, filling the block bounded by Park Avenue, Lexington Avenue, and 99th and 100th Streets on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The depot was closed in spring 1998 - when the Michael J. Quill Depot opened, but reopened on September 7, 2003, taking on a number of routes from the Hudson Depot. The facility has drawn the ire of many East Harlem residents; many residents cite high asthma rates in the area and the fact that the depot is in a residential area. The depot was formerly a car barn for streetcars on the Lexington Avenue Line.
Presently, MTA Regional Bus Operations operate various local and express routes under New York City Transit and MTA Bus Compan, with three Queens MTA Bus Company depots being members of Transport Workers Union Local 100 and all Queens NYCT depots, Far Rockaway Depot & JFK Depot being members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1056 and Local 1179 of Queens, New York. All New York City Transit Queens Division supervisors are members of Transport Workers Union Local 106.
Baisley Park Depot
The Baisley Park Depot, located on the intersection of Guy R. Brewer Boulevard and Linden Boulevard in South Jamaica, Queens, in the New York City borough of Queens. It is currently owned by GTJ Reit Inc. (Green, Triboro, Jamaica) Realty Investment Trust, Inc, successor to the former operators. The depot was operated by Jamaica Buses until January 30, 2006, when it was leased to the City of New York and MTA Bus.
Casey Stengel Depot
The Casey Stengel Depot, formerly the Flushing Depot, is located on the south side of Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, west of 126th Street and east of the New York City Subway's Corona Yard. The depot is named after Casey Stengel, former manager of the New York Yankees and New York Mets, and is across the street from Citi Field, where the Mets play.
College Point Depot
The College Point Depot, located on 28th Avenue near Ulmer Street in the College Point section of Queens, is a bus garage built and owned by the NYCDOT and leased to MTA Bus, and formerly leased to Queens Surface Corporation before it was taken over by MTA Bus.
Far Rockaway Depot
The Far Rockaway Depot is situated on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 49th Street in Arverne, Queens. The depot was used by Green Bus Lines until January 9, 2006, when MTA Bus took over Green Bus Lines and started operating the old company's bus routes. The depot, as well as JFK Depot, were originally owned by GTJ Reit, Inc. and formerly used by Green Bus Lines Inc. before being sold to MTA Bus in 2012. The depot has two storage lots and a maintenance facility, and has recently received an annex to support more buses. Far Rockaway Depot was closed due to damage from Hurricane Sandy and its fleet was housed at Building 78 on the grounds of John F. Kennedy International Airport, about 2 blocks away from the JFK Depot, but has since reopened.
The Jamaica Depot is located on the west side of Merrick Boulevard between South Road and 107th Avenue in Jamaica, Queens. Constructed in 1940, the depot is the oldest existing New York City Transit Depots. Plans to demolish the existing structure and build a new and expanded depot on the same site and on some newly acquired property is scheduled for sometime in 2016.
John F. Kennedy Depot
John F. Kennedy Bus Depot or (JFK Depot), along with Far Rockaway Depot, is an MTA Bus garage that was formerly operated by Green Bus Lines assumed by MTA Bus on January 9, 2006. The depot, as well as Far Rockaway Depot, were originally owned by GTJ Reit Inc, and formerly used by Green Bus Lines, Inc. (until 2006) before being sold to MTA Bus in 2012. JFK Depot is Located at 147th Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard near JFK Airport.
Established on February 20, 2006, the LaGuardia Depot is located on 85th Street and 23rd Avenue in the East Elmhurst / Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens, New York near LaGuardia Airport. The depot is currently owned by GTJ Reit Inc, and was operated by Triboro Coach Corporation before being leased to the City of New York and MTA Bus Company.
Queens Village Depot
The Queens Village Depot is located on 97-11 222nd Street between 97th and 99th Avenues in Queens Village, Queens. The depot was opened on September 8, 1974 and it is on the site of what was Dugan's Bakery. It has 202,178 square feet (18,783.0 m2) of space. The Queens Village Depot building won an Award Honor for engineering excellence from the New York Association of Consulting Engineers.
Staten Island Division
The Castleton Depot is located on 1390 Castleton Avenue and fills the block bounded by Jewett Avenue, Hurst Street, Castleton Avenue, and Rector Street in West New Brighton. The depot can store 370 buses.
Until Yukon Depot opened, Castleton Depot was known as Staten Island Depot.
The Charleston Depot is located at 4700 Arthur Kill Road near the Outerbridge Crossing in Charleston, Staten Island. The facility includes a 87,000-square-foot (8,100 m2) two-story building, with enough room to service and maintain 220 buses, but also includes outdoor parking for buses and employees. This new depot relieved the pressure between the Castleton and Yukon bus depots, both of which had limited bus storage space. The depot also helped expand express bus service in Staten Island and improved service for 36,000 Staten Islanders who take express buses each day. Construction on this depot began in April 2008 and was completed in late 2010, and the depot officially opened for operations in January 2011.
Meredith Avenue Depot
The Meredith Avenue Depot is located on 336 Meredith Avenue at Chelsea Avenue in Chelsea. This depot operates only from Monday to Friday, and houses 75 express buses, which are rotated from the other Staten Island depots. Meredith Avenue depot was closed due to damage from Hurricane Sandy, but has since reopened.
The Yukon Depot is located on 40 Yukon Avenue between Richmond Avenue and Forest Hill Road in the center of Staten Island, near Fresh Kills Park and south of the Staten Island Mall. The depot can store 400 buses.
12th Street Depot
126th Street Depot
The 126th Street Depot filled the block bounded by First Avenue, Second Avenue, and 126th and 127th Streets, near the Harlem River Drive, Triborough Bridge, and Willis Avenue Bridge in East Harlem, Manhattan. It housed the buses (and served as a northern terminal) for is the M15 SBS and M15, the second busiest bus route in the United States, carrying over 60,000 passengers a day. The M15 Select Bus Service was dispatched from this depot.
In 2008, a historical 17th century African American burial ground from Harlem's first church was discovered at the site. The MTA consquently agreed to move most of the depot's routes to the reopened Mother Clara Hale Depot. The 126th Street Depot closed on January 5, 2015 and will be demolished in the future.
54th Street Depot
The 54th Street Depot was located on Ninth Avenue, between 53rd Street, and 54th Street streets in Midtown Manhattan. It was originally the car barn of the Ninth Avenue Railroad. This depot was demolished, and is currently the Rapid Transit Division's Rail Command Control Center.
The Crosstown Depot is located at 65 Commercial Street in the neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It was open in July 1949 as the Crosstown Trolley Coach and Car Depot to serve 78 trolley coaches and 60 trolley cars. The depot hold 120 buses at capacity. At one time, it operated ten lines: B18 (discontinued), B24, B29 (now part of the B24), B30 (discontinued), B39 (discontinued/reestablished 2013), B48, B59 (now Q59), B60, B61 (since split into a new B61 and B62), and B62 (now part of the B43). The depot operations ended on November 7, 1981 because of service reductions and operating cost. It is converted to paint shop and road service operations.
The Edgewater Depot was located at edgewater street in Staten Island, and it was used to help the then Staten Island depot (now Castelton) with overcrowding until the Yukon Depot opened. This depot was notable for 2 buses on loan from Washington DC for falling into the river after a pier collapsed.
The Hudson Depot or Hudson Pier Depot was located on Hudson River Pier 57 at 15th Street in the present Hudson River Park in Chelsea, Manhattan. It was opened in 1971 and closed on September 7, 2003, transferring all of its routes to the reopened Michael J. Quill Depot (except the M11, transferred to Manhattanville).
The Walnut Depot was located on 132nd Street east of the Hell Gate Bridge in Port Morris, Bronx. The NYCTA bought the depot from the F. W. Woolworth Company for $1.8 million in 1979, and opened it to buses in the mid-1983, replacing the old West Farms Depot. The depot was sold to the New York Post for a new printing plant and closed in spring 1998, replaced by the Michael J. Quill Depot.
West Farms Depot (old)
The West Farms Depot was located at the southwest corner of Boston Road and 175th Street in West Farms, Bronx. Built in 1894 by the Union Railway as a car barn, it was used to store and maintain buses until 1983. The former Coliseum Depot was renamed the West Farms Depot when it reopened in 2003.
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