MTA Regional Bus Operations bus fleet

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The MTA Regional Bus Operations bus fleet comprises over 5,700 buses in fixed-route service in New York City under MTA New York City Bus (New York City Transit) (including Select Bus Service) and MTA Bus.

A roster of the fleet is shown below. Not included below are buses and vans not open to the general public (Access-A-Ride vans and taxicabs, and employee shuttle buses), or demonstration buses. This list also does not include buses formerly operated by MTA Long Island Bus that are now operated under contract to Nassau County by Veolia Transportation.

Past fleet[edit]

Current active fleet[edit]

All buses are fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. All buses are 102 inches (2.59 meters) wide.

Local and limited bus fleet[edit]

Built from 1995 to 2000[edit]

Photo Builder and
model name
Year Length Numbers
(Total ordered)
Powertrain
(Engine and transmission)
Notes[1]
MTA Bus 1996 Orion V (ex-Bee-Line).jpg Bus Industries of America
Orion V (05.501)
1995-
1996
40 ft (12.19 m) 101-184
(84 buses)
  • Operated under MTA Bus.
  • Formerly owned and operated by the Bee-Line Bus System in Westchester County, NY as 401-484 and purchased used in 2009 as replacements for older buses.
  • Assigned to Baisley Park Bus Depot and Eastchester Bus Depot.
  • Nine buses remain in service.
    • From the 1995 batch: 101, 111, 117, and 133
    • From the 1996 batch: 164, 174, 180, 183, and 184.
  • To be retired soon.
NYC Transit Nova RTS 8927.jpg

MTA Bus Company Nova Bus RTS 9311.jpg
Nova Bus
RTS-06 (T8O-206)
1996 40 ft (12.19 m) 8752-9349
(598 buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50 8.5L
  • Allison V-731 ATEC 3-Speed
  • Operated under New York City Bus and MTA Bus.
    • All buses were originally operated under New York City Bus.
    • 8924-9073 were delivered brand new to Atlanta, Georgia for the 1996 Summer Olympics bus system before being delivered to MTA.
  • 9250-9349 originally had coach type seating mounted on elevated interior platforms for express service. 9250 & 9273 retained their platforms, but had their coach seats replaced with 2x2 seating.
  • 9140-9149 were powered with Cummins M11E engines. All are now retired.
  • Many retired.
    • 9207 became NYPD 982796.
  • To be retired soon.
NYC Transit Nova RTS 9376.jpg Nova Bus
RTS-06 (T8O-206)
1997-
1998
40 ft (12.19 m) 9350-9699
(350 buses[2])
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50 8.5L
  • Allison V-731 ATEC 3-Speed
  • Operated under New York City Bus.
  • 9656 caught fire shortly after delivery and was subsequently retired.
  • Some retired.
  • To be retired by late 2015.
NYC Transit Nova RTS 5125.jpg Nova Bus
RTS-06 (T8O-206)
1998 40 ft (12.19 m) 4900-5075
(176 buses[2])
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50 8.5L
  • Allison V-731 ATEC 3-Speed
  • Operated under New York City Bus.
  • 5076-5124 have ZF 4HP590 Ecomat-1 transmissions. 5075 originally had one, but was repowered with an Allison transmission instead.
  • This bus order included a replacement bus for the original 9656 (see above) in addition to the 350 RTS buses ordered, but the replacement was totaled in a major accident in 2008.
  • Some retired.
1998 5076-5104
(29 buses[2])
1999 5105-5124
(20 buses[2])
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50 8.5L
  • ZF Ecomat-2 5HP592C
1999 5125-5249
(175 buses[2])
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50 8.5L
  • Allison V-731 ATEC 3-Speed
MTA NYC Orion 5 (05.501) 6000.JPG

MTA NYC Bx38 Bus.JPG
Orion Bus Industries
Orion V (05.501)
1998-
1999
40 ft (12.19 m) 6000-6349
(350 buses[2])
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50 8.5L
  • Allison B400R5 WTEC Gen-III
  • Operated under New York City Bus and MTA Bus.
    • All buses were originally operated under New York City Bus.
  • Some retired.
  • To be replaced soon.
MTA Bus New Flyer D60HF (1000 seres).jpg New Flyer Industries
D60HF (articulated)
1999-
2000
60 ft (18.29 m) (See notes[2])
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50 8.5L
  • Allison B500R5 Gen-III
  • Operated under New York City Bus.
  • The original numbers for this batch of buses were 5252-5509.
  • Most retired.
    • Current units in service are: 1001-1009 & 1011-1027 (mostly ex-5300s and 5400s),[3] 4705 (ex-5283), 4708 (ex-5295), 5392, 5400, 5410, 5415-5416, 5418, 5423, 5464, 5471, 5485, and 5491.
    • Were displaced to New York City Bus.

Built from 2000 to 2004[edit]

Photo Builder and
model name
Year Width Numbers
(Total ordered)
Powertrain
(Engine and transmission
or propulsion system)
Notes
[1][4]
NYCTA Orion 7 CNG 7587.jpg DaimlerChrysler
Commercial Buses

Orion VII (07.501)
(semi-low floor, CNG)
2001 40 ft (12.19 m) 7560
(1 bus[2])
  • Detroit Diesel Series
    50G EGR 8.5L (CNG fuel)
  • Allison B400R5 WTEC Gen-III
  • Operated under New York City Bus.
  • 7691 and 7746 were repowered with Cummins-Westport ISL-G engines.
  • 7691 and 7746 originally had Detroit Diesel Series
    50G EGR 8.5L (CNG fuel) engines and ZF Ecomat-2 5HP592C transmission.
  • 7810-7819 are 2005 units.
  • 7672 is out of service due to fire damage.
2003 7561-7684
(124 buses[2])
NYC Transit Orion VII CNG 7763.jpg 2004-
2005
7685-7690,
7692-7745,
7747-7819
(133 buses[2])
  • Detroit Diesel Series
    50G EGR 8.5L (CNG fuel)
  • ZF Ecomat-2 5HP592C
7691, 7746
(2 buses[2])
NYMTA Orion 6474.jpg DaimlerChrysler
Commercial Buses

Orion VII (07.501)
(semi-low floor, hybrid electric)
2004 40 ft (12.19 m) 6365-6489
(125 buses[2])
  • Operated under New York City Bus.
  • As delivered, buses had Hawker XT sealed lead-acid batteries;
    6401-6402, 6468, 6485 are retrofitted with A123 lithium-ion batteries.
  • 6372 is out of service due to damage from an accident.
MTA Bus D60 5604 on the Q10 LTD.JPG

MTA NYC New Flyer D60 5756.JPG

New Flyer Industries
D60 "Galaxy" (articulated)
2002-
2004
60 ft (18.29 m) 5510-5769
(260 buses[2])
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR 8.5L
  • Allison B500R5 WTEC Gen-III
  • Operated under New York City Bus and MTA Bus.
    • All units were originally operated under New York City Bus.
    • Several units were transferred to MTA Bus.
  • 5656 and 5658 were involved in separate accidents. The front half of 5658 and the rear half of 5656 were joined together to form a new 5656. There is no bus numbered 5658 now.
  • 5657 and 5658 are retired.

Built from 2005 to 2010[edit]

Photo Builder and
model name
Year Length Numbers
(Total ordered)
Powertrain
(Engine and transmission
or propulsion system)
Notes[1]
DCCBNA Orion 07.501 Hybrid-Electric Low Floor 6847.jpg

MTA Bus Company Orion VII hybrid blank front.jpg
DaimlerChrysler
Commercial Buses

Orion VII (07.501)
(semi-low floor, hybrid electric)
2005 40 ft (12.19 m) 6490-6689
(200 buses[2])
  • Cummins ISB 5.9L
  • BAE Systems HybriDrive
  • Operated under:
    • MTA Bus: 3500-3562, 3564-3783.
    • New York City Bus: 6490-6905.
  • Buses have Hawker XT sealed lead-acid batteries.
  • A bus numbered 3563 was built as part of this order, but has been modified to run on diesel only (see below).
    • 3500-3562 and 3564-3783 will be repowered in 2014-2015.
  • Last Orion VIIs ever built (model discontinued after this order).
  • Replaced all pre-1990 buses.
  • 3548, 3741, and 6853 are retired due to incidents.
2006 3500-3562,
3564-3599,
6690-6789
(199 buses[2])
2007 3600-3783,
6790-6905
(300 buses[2])
MTA Bus Orion VII conversion from hybrid to diesel.jpg DaimlerChrysler
Commercial Buses

Orion VII (07.501)
(semi-low floor)
2006 3563
(1 bus[2])
  • Cummins ISL EPA 07 8.9L
  • Allison Bus Series B400R6 Gen-IV
  • Operated under MTA Bus.
  • Delivered as a hybrid bus similar to 3500-3783 and 6690-6905.
  • Pilot conversion bus to determine feasibility on converting 3500-3783 into straight diesel units.
MTA New York City Bus 3817-Manhattan.jpg Daimler Buses North America
Orion VII Next Generation (07.501)
(semi-low floor, hybrid electric)
2007-
2008
41.2 ft (12.56 m) 3800-3959
(160 buses)
  • Cummins ISB
  • BAE Systems HybriDrive[5]
  • Operated under New York City Bus.
  • 3800-3827 are equipped with MTA Bus Time (formerly Clever Devices) GPS tracking systems.
  • Buses have Hawker XT sealed lead-acid batteries.
MTA Bus Company Orion VII Next Generation bus (model year 2009).jpg Daimler Buses North America
Orion VII Next Generation (07.501)
(semi-low floor, hybrid electric)
2009 41.2 ft (12.56 m) 3960-4244,
4330-4630
(585 buses)
  • Cummins ISB 5.8L
  • BAE Systems HybriDrive[5]
  • Operated under:
    • MTA Bus: 4020-4039, 4140-4169, 4483-4512, 4631-4655.
    • New York City Bus: 3960-4019, 4040-4139, 4170-4244, 4330-4482, 4513-4630, 4656-4702.
  • Replaced all pre-1996 40 foot buses and many 1996 buses.
  • Buses have A123 lithium-ion batteries.
  • 4020-4028 are equipped with luggage racks for the Q70 LaGuardia Airport service.
  • The full order is 3960-4278 and 4330-4702; 4019 and 4245-4275 are wrapped for the S79 Select Bus Service (see below).
  • Ordered alongside MTA Long Island bus's (now NICE) #1700-1799 and 1800-1839 CNGs.
  • #4020-4039, #4140-4169, #4483-4512, and #4631-4655 are to be repowered in 2014-2015.
  • #4217 has a new plexiglass drivers protection shield.
MTA New York City Bus Orion VII Next Generation hybrid 4702.jpg 2010 4631-4702
(72 buses)
  • Cummins ISB 6.7L
  • BAE Systems HybriDrive[5]
MTA New York City Bus Nova Bus LFS articulated (2010 - non-Select Bus Service).jpg Nova Bus
LFS (semi-low floor, articulated)
[6][7]
2010 62 ft (18.90 m) 1200, 1286-1289
(5 buses)
  • Operated under New York City Bus.
  • The full order is 1200-1289; 1201-1285 are assigned to Select Bus Service duty (see below).
  • Replaced many 1996-1997 New Flyer D60HF buses.

Built in 2011 and later[edit]

Photo Builder and
model name
Year Length Numbers
(Total amount)
Powertrain
(Engine and transmission
or propulsion system)
Notes[1]
MTA New York City Bus Nova LFS Rigid (2011).jpg Nova Bus
LFS (semi low-floor)
2011 40 ft (12.19 m) 8000-8014
(15 buses)
  • Cummins EPA 10 ISL9 9.0L
  • Allison B400R6 Gen-IV
  • Operated under New York City Bus.
  • 8017 is out of service due to fire.
8015-8089
(75 buses)
  • Cummins EPA 10 ISL9 9.0L
  • ZF EcoLife 6AP1400B
MTA Bus Company New Flyer C40LF (2011).jpg
MTA NYC New Flyer C40LF 311.JPG
New Flyer Industries
C40LF (semi low-floor)(CNG)
2011-
2013
40.83 ft (12.44 m) 185-672
(488 buses)
  • Cummins Westport ISL-G 8.9L
  • Allison B400R6 Gen-IV
  • Operated under:
    • MTA Bus: 185-229, 491-658
    • New York City Bus: 230-490, 659-672
  • Replaced the 1999-2000 New Flyer C40LFs and many CNG Orion Vs.
  • Order delivered as following: 185-319, 491-569, 320-490, 570-672
  • 570-643 were originally to be built by Daimler Buses North America (Orion) before Orion (winding down operations) transferred the order to New Flyer.[8][9]
    • 644-672 buses were later added to the end of the order via an agreed upon option order.
  • 205 is the 4000th CNG bus built By New Flyer.
  • 631 and 636 are equipped with LED headlights.
  • Model discontinued after this order.
MTA New York City Bus New Flyer Xcelsior (2011).jpg
MTA New York City New Flyer Xcelsior 4899.jpg
New Flyer Industries
XD40 "Xcelsior" (semi low-floor)
2011 41 ft (12.50 m) 4810-4899
(90 buses)
  • Cummins EPA10 ISL9 9.0L
  • Allison B400R6 Gen-IV
  • Operated under New York City Bus.
  • 4899 was originally equipped with a Navistar MaxxForce 9 engine, but its engine was changed to a Cummins engine in 2014.
MTA New York City Bus Orion VII third generation (2011).jpg Daimler Buses North America
Orion VII Third Generation
(07.501, semi low-floor)
2011-
2012
41.2 ft (12.56 m) 7000-7089
(90 buses)
  • Cummins EPA 10 ISL9 9.0L
  • ZF Ecolife 6AP1400B
  • Operated under New York City Bus.
  • These units, along with NICE's #1840-1884 are the last MTA/NICE related Orion VII orders made before Orion's closure.
  • All of the Orion VII 3G are exclusively assigned to Castleton Bus Depot
MTA New York City Bus New Flyer Xcelsior artic XD60 (2012-13).jpg New Flyer Industries
XD60 "Xcelsior"
(semi low-floor, articulated)
2012 60.83 ft (18.54 m) 4710-4784
(75 buses)
  • Cummins EPA 10 ISL9 9.0L
  • Allison B500R6 Gen-V
  • Operated under New York City Bus.
  • 4710 is the first XD60 ever built.
  • 4710 was delivered as 1000, but was renumbered shortly after.
  • Replaced most pre-1999 New Flyer D60 buses.
2013 4785-4799
(15 buses)
  • Cummins EPA 10 ISL9 9.0L
  • ZF EcoLife 6AP1700B
MTA New York City Bus Nova LFS articulated (2011-12).jpg Nova Bus
LFS (semi-low floor, articulated)
2011-
2013
62 ft (18.90 m) 5253-5311, 5316-5323, 5786-5841, 5864-5967
(226 buses)
  • Cummins EPA10 ISL9 9.0L
  • ZF Ecolife 6AP1700B
  • Operated under New York City Bus.
  • The full order is 5770-5986 and 5253-5363; other buses are assigned to Select Bus Service duty (see below).
  • 5299 is out of service due to damage from an accident.
  • Replaced most remaining 1996-1998 New Flyer D60 buses.

Express bus fleet[edit]

All express buses in the fleet are 45 ft (13.72 m) long.

Photo Builder and
model name
Year Numbers
(Total ordered)
Powertrain
(Engine and transmission)
Notes[1]
NYC Transit MCI 2107.jpg Motor Coach Industries
102-DLW3SS (commuter coach)
1999 2040-2139
(100 buses[2])
  • Detroit Diesel Series 60 12.7L
  • Allison World B500R6 Gen-III
  • Operated under New York City Bus and MTA Bus.
  • 60 buses remain in service.
    • To be retired in 2014.
NYC Transit MCI 2783.jpg Motor Coach Industries
102-DLW3SS (commuter coach)
2000 2705-2804
(100 buses[2])
  • Detroit Diesel Series 60 12.7L
  • Allison B500R6 WTEC Gen-III
  • Operated under New York City Bus.
  • To be replaced soon.
NYCTA MCI Special 9-11 scheme.jpg Motor Coach Industries
D4500 (commuter coach)
2001 2140-2209,
(70 buses[2])
  • Detroit Diesel Series 60 12.7L
  • Allison B500R6 WTEC Gen-III
  • Operated under New York City Bus.
  • 2185 (pictured) was damaged in the 9/11 terrorist attacks but was restored and repainted in a special 9/11 memorial livery and returned to service in 2005.
  • To be replaced soon.
NYC Transit MCI 2902.jpg Motor Coach Industries
D4500 (commuter coach)
2002 2805-2924
(120 buses[2])
  • Detroit Diesel Series 60 12.7L
  • Allison B500R6 WTEC Gen-III
  • Operated under New York City Bus.
  • To be replaced soon.
MTA Bus MCI D4501.jpg Motor Coach Industries
D4500 (commuter coach)
2002 7423-7428
(6 buses[2])
  • Detroit Diesel Series 60 12.7L
  • Allison B500R6 WTEC Gen-III
MTA Bus Company MCI D4500CL 3374.jpg

MTA New York City Bus MCI D4500CL (2007).jpg
Motor Coach Industries
D4500CL (commuter coach)
2004-
2007
3000-3474, 4300-4329
(505 buses[2])
  • Operated under:
    • MTA Bus: 3000-3474.
    • New York City Bus: 4300-4329.
  • Replaced all MCI Classic buses.
  • MTA bus units to be overhauled in 2014-2015.
MTA New York City Bus MCI D4500CT 2211.jpg
MTA Bus Company MCI D4500CT 2249.jpg
Motor Coach Industries
D4500CT (commuter coach)
2008-
2009
2210-2250
(41 buses)
  • Operated under:
    • MTA Bus: 2229-2250.
    • New York City Bus: 2210-2228.
  • This order was originally for 126 buses, but only 41 buses were accepted. Additional units that would have been numbered 2251-2268 of this order were sold to New Jersey Transit, where they are currently numbered 7101-7118.
  • Replaced most 1997-1998 MCI 102-DLW3SS buses.
  • MTA bus units to be overhauled in 2014.
MTA New York City Bus Prevost X3-45 (2011).jpg Prevost Car
X3-45 (commuter coach)
2011-
2012
2400-2489
(90 buses)
  • Volvo D13 SCR EPA 10 12.8L
  • Allison B500R6 Gen-IV
  • Operated under New York City Bus.
  • 2400 (pictured) is the only unit with no front stripe.
  • Replaced most MCI 102-DLW3SS buses.
MTA New York City Bus MCI D4500CT (2012-13).jpg Motor Coach Industries
D4500CT (commuter coach)
2012-
2013
2251-2304
(54 buses)
  • Cummins ISL9 EPA10 9.0L
  • Allison B500R6 Gen-V
  • Operated under New York City Bus.
  • Replaced most MCI 102-DLW3SS buses.
Prevost Car
X3-45 (commuter coach)
2014-
2015
2315-2399,
2490-2704
(300 buses)
  • Volvo D13 SCR EPA 10 12.8L
  • Allison B500R6 Gen-V
  • 2490-2492 are operated under New York City Bus.
  • To replace all remaining MCI 102-DLW3SS and all D4500 buses.
  • Being delivered.

Select Bus Service bus fleet[edit]

All of these buses are operated under New York City Bus for Select Bus Service duty.

Photo Builder and
model name
Year Length Numbers
(Total ordered)
Powertrain
(Engine and transmission
or propulsion system)
Notes[1]
MTA New York City Bus S79 Select Bus Service bus.jpg Daimler Buses North America
Orion VII Next Generation (07.501)
(semi-low floor, hybrid electric)
2009 41.2 ft (12.56 m) 4245-4278
(34 buses)
  • Cummins ISB 6.7L
  • BAE Systems HybriDrive[5]
New York City Transit NovaBus LFS 1254 M15 SBS.JPG Nova Bus
LFS (semi-low floor, articulated)
[6][7]
2009-
2010
62 ft (18.90 m) 1200-1285
(86 buses)
  • 1200-1232 are assigned to the Bx12 SBS.
    • 1200 is currently not wrapped.
    • 1205 is out of service due to fire damage.
  • 1233-1285 are assigned to the M15 and M60 SBS.
MTA New York City Nova Bus LFS articulated #5851 operates along the M34 Select Bus Service route. Nova Bus
LFS (semi-low floor, articulated)
2011-
2012
62 ft (18.90 m) 5312-5315, 5324-5363, 5770-5786, 5842-5863, 5968-5986
(102 buses)
  • Cummins EPA10 ISL9 9.0L
  • ZF Ecolife 6AP1700B
  • 5324-5363 are assigned to the B44 SBS.
  • 5312-5315 are assigned to the Bx12 SBS.
  • 5770-5786 are assigned to the Bx41 SBS.
  • 5842-5863 are assigned to the M34/A SBS.
  • 5968-5986 are assigned to ths M15 and M60 SBS.

Future fleet[edit]

Builder and
model name
Year Total amount
of buses
Notes
Nova Bus
LFS (semi-low floor)
2014-
2015
414
  • Contract awarded in late 2013.
  • 4 pilot buses to be delivered by October 2014.
    • Includes option for a possible additional 700 buses for a total of 1,114 new buses.
  • To replace most remaining 1996-1998 Nova Bus RTS and 1998-1999 Orion V buses.
New Flyer
XD40 "Xcelsior" (semi-low floor)
2014-
2015
276
  • Contract awarded in late 2013.
  • 4 pilot buses to be delivered by August 2014.
  • Includes option for a possible additional 700 buses for a total of 976 possible new buses.
  • To replace most remaining 1996-1998 Nova Bus RTS and 1998-1999 Orion V buses.
60-foot articulated low-floor TBA 328 to 350
  • Contract to be awarded in 2014.
  • 75 units will be for MTA Bus Company.
  • Remaining 256 to 275 units will be for MTA New York City Transit.
  • To replace all remaining New Flyer D60HF buses.
  • The articulated fleet will then be 100% low-floor.
  • Extra units needed for possible +SBS+ expansion.
40-foot low-floor TBA 45
  • Contract to be awarded in 2014.
  • All units will be for MTA Bus Company.
  • To replace most 1996 Nova Bus RTS buses.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f New York City transit bus production list from 1980 to 2001
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w Cumo, Ronald, (February/March 2008 edition) "Taking Technical" section, page 7 MTA's The Leader - Newsletter for Department of Buses Employees, retrieving November 30, 2009.
  3. ^ MTA Bus Operations Renumbering - 1998-2000 New Flyer D60HF
  4. ^ MTA Bus renumbering list
  5. ^ a b c d [1][dead link]
  6. ^ a b [2] MTA buying 90 Nova LFS 62 foot articulated bus order.
  7. ^ a b "MTA Preliminary Budget V 2 Part 3" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  8. ^ http://newflyer.com/index/news-app/story.111 "Orion Assigns FTA-funded New York City Transit contract for 74 CNG buses to New Flyer", July 26, 2012, New Flyer
  9. ^ http://www.daimler.com/dccom/0-5-7153-1-1486333-1-0-0-0-0-0-9293-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.html Daimler Buses Reconfigures Operations in North America

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