New York Bus Service
New York Bus Service provided express bus service between Midtown Manhattan and the Bronx from 1970 until MTA Bus Company assumed operations on July 1, 2005. The company was founded in the mid-1940s under a different name (Parochial Bus Service) to provide school bus service. It began operating racetrack services from the Bronx and Upper Manhattan in 1949 (as New York Bus Tours).
With the institution of 1970 OTB legislation (Off Track Betting), the demand for transportation to the race track diminished. New York Bus Service needed to find another niche in the bus transportation sector. Under the leadership of owner Edward Arrigoni, New York Bus Service commenced Parkchester - Manhattan express bus service in 1970. Six more lines were added including a Co-Op City to Wall Street express bus service, later to be done away with.
New York Bus Service also previously operated two local bus routes in 1968 from Co-op City to the East 241 Street - White Plains Road Subway Station via Baychester Av. (Bx71), and from Co-op City to the Dyre Avenue Subway Station (Bx70). Both of these routes were discontinued in 1972 due to low ridership.
New York Bus Service designed the standard NYC DOT Private Lines driver badges and discovered ways of reducing rollsign wear. MTA Bus pays New York Bus Service six million dollars annually for use of its property for a period of twenty years with an option to purchase same afterwards, and also made an initial buyout payment of two million dollars for rights to the Bronx express bus lines NYBS operated. MTA Bus has since renamed the garage to Eastchester Depot.
Prior to the MTA Bus takeover, New York Bus Service operated the following express bus routes with starting dates:
- BxM-6 Parkchester - Midtown Manhattan Express - August 24, 1970
- BxM-7 Co-op City - Midtown Manhattan Express - January 18, 1971
- BxM-7B City Island - Midtown Manhattan Express (Now served by two trips via BxM-8) - January 7, 1980
- BxM-8 (Formerly BxM-7A) Pelham Bay - Midtown Manhattan Express - January 10, 1972
- BxM-9 Throggs Neck - Midtown Manhattan Express - August 2, 1976
- BxM-10 Morris Park - Midtown Manhattan Express - January 7, 1980
- New York Bus Service at nybus.com (formerly available via the Internet Archive)
- NYCDOT - Privately Operated Bus Service (as of early to mid-2000s, accessed January 19, 2007)
- Iona College Honors Edward Arrigonni as an Alumni.
- MTA Bus Newsroom Report
- "City to Buy Private Bus Company For Service in Three Boroughs" (The New York Times, April 23, 2005)
- National Bus Trader April 1985 Issue