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. Some of these depots were once car barns for streetcars, while others were built later and have only served buses.
- 1 Central Maintenance Facilities
- 2 The Bronx Division
- 3 Brooklyn Division
- 4 Manhattan Division
- 5 Queens Division
- 6 Staten Island Division
- 7 Former depots
- 8 References
Central Maintenance Facilities
New York City Transit Authority has two major central maintenance facilities that serves in the New York City area. The Grand Avenue Central Maintenance Facility is located 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 major reconstruction of buses needed to repair with various work shop, motor repair, engine rebuild, transmission shop and body component area on New York City Transit Authority's bus fleet and surface transportation training/institutional facility. Zerega Avenue is responsible for registry of new buses in the fleet. The Central Maintenance Facilities also provide these services for the MTA Bus Company, the other brand of MTA Regional Bus Operations sister to New York City Transit.
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 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 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 was transferred to Manhattanville Depot, while the M98 route went to the Michael J. Quill Depot. This garage now houses the museum bus fleet.
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 is leased to the City of New York and MTA Bus Company for twenty years with an option to purchase same afterwards. This depot also contains a major storage facility along with the MTA scrap storage facility, as well as a major bus overhaul and repair facility/shops for various type of buses.
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, which now provide about 40% of the depot's power. Gun Hill Depot is considered the worst depot in the bronx. Gun Hill Depot is also the only New York City Transit bus garage to be built on previously undeveloped land.
The Kingsbridge Depot is located in the block bounded by Ninth Avenue, Tenth Avenue, and 216th and 218th Streets in Inwood, Manhattan. Two blocks to the south is 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.
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. A new garage is being built on the site, scheduled for completion by 2014. To make up for a lost depot, the Amsterdam Depot reopened temporarily, with some routes shifted to Manhattanville and West Farms.
West Farms Depot
The West Farms Depot is located along East 177th Street and next to a terminated Sheridan Expressway in Tremont, Bronx. Opened on September 7, 2003 on the site of the former Coliseum Depot. The West Farms Bus Depot is part of the Bronx Division of bus depots in MTA New York City Transit buses. 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 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 operates express bus service between Yonkers, Western Bronx, and Manhattan.
All but two Brooklyn local and six Brooklyn express routes are operated by the New York City Transit brand. The B100, B103 and all of the BM Express routes, are operated by the MTA Bus Company 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. 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, it 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, 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, it 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. It was opened for operation in 1950 and is a single story, 118,800-square-foot (11,040 m2) building. This is the only Brooklyn depot in the NYCTA 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
126th Street Depot
The 126th Street Depot fills 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. Among bus routes it stores the buses (and serves as a northern terminal) for is the M15 SBS and M15, the second busiest bus routes in the United States, carrying over 60,000 passengers a day. The M15 Select Bus Service is dispatched from this depot. It is the only depot in the division operated directly under New York City Transit and not MaBSTOA, and is also home to the first route split between a regular NYCT and OA depot (the M116). In 2008 an historical 17th century African American burial ground from Harlem's first church was discovered at the site. The MTA has agreed to move this depot. When the Mother Clara Hale Depot reopens this depot will be shut down as well for renovation.
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 Manhattanville Bus Depot is viewable on the (1) line between 125th Street & 137th Street-City College to the west and is the only depot to have a 100% hybrid or Orion VII bus fleet because it only has Orion VII OG Hybrids and Orion VII NG Hybrids. The Manhattanville depot lost 2 of its bus routes (M101, M103) to the reopened 100 Street Depot so it can receive two routes from now closed down Hudson Pier & Amsterdam depots (M11, M104). The Manhattanville Bus Depot is part of the Manhattan Division of bus depots in MTA New York City Transit buses. As of January 2008, the Mother Clara Hale Depot closed down for rehabilitation. While some buses were sent back from the Amsterdam Depot, the majority of the buses are stationed at Manhattanville.
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 (similar to the Tuskegee Airmen Depot) with most of its buses stored on the roof. The Tuskegee Airmen Depot does NOT park or store it's buses on the roof. The former 100th street depot now know as the Tuskegee Airmen Depot have no access to the roof except to authorized personnel.
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 - and 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 citing the high asthma rates in the area and the fact that the depot is in a residential area. It 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 Company. three MTA Bus Company Queens Division depots are members of Transport Workers Union Local 100. All queens NYCT depots, Far Rockaway Depot & JFK Depot are 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 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. Jamaica Buses was the former operator of this facility until January 30, 2006 and is currently 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 St 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. On January 9, 2006, MTA Bus took over bus routes that had previously been operated by Green Bus Lines. 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 Far Rockaway Depot has two storage lots and a maintenance facility. Recently an annex has been built 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 and has since reopened.
John F. Kennedy Depot
John F. Kennedy Bus Depot or (JFK Depot) along with Far Rockaway Depot are the MTA Bus garages that were formerly operated by Green Bus Lines and were 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. 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. It is currently owned by GTJ Reit Inc. Triboro Coach Corporation was the previous operator of this facility, and is currently 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 an 87,000-square-foot (8,100 m2), two-story building, with enough room to service and maintain 220 express buses. It includes outdoor parking for the buses and employees. This new depot relieves the pressure between the Castleton and Yukon bus depots which had limited bus storage space. It also helps expand express bus service in Staten Island and is expected to improve service for 36,000 Staten Islanders who take express buses each day. The construction began in April 2008, completed in late 2010. The depot officially opened for operations in January 2011. As of January 2014 reverted to full 7 days a week schedule with routes shifted out on the weekends shifted back into the depot full-time.
Meredith Avenue Depot
This depot is located at 336 Meredith Avenue at Chelsea Avenue in Chelsea. It houses 75 express buses. Buses are rotated from the other Staten Island Depots. Meredith Avenue depot was closed due to damage from Hurricane Sandy and has since reopened. This depot is on a Monday to Friday only operation.
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
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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