New York City Omnibus Corporation

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Fifth Avenue Coach Lines bus in special holiday service in Times Square, 2009

The New York City Omnibus Corporation (later Fifth Avenue Coach Lines) was formed in 1926. It ran new bus services that replaced the New York Railways Corporation streetcars when they were dismantled in 1935/36. It purchased the Fifth Avenue Coach Company from The Omnibus Corporation in 1954 and renamed itself the 'Fifth Avenue Coach Lines' in 1956. The company went bankrupt in 1962 and the services were taken over by the Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority.

History[edit]

The New York City Omnibus Corporation was formed in 1926 with John A Ritchie as President[1] Richie was also president of The Omnibus Corporation which had been founded a year earlier.

The company introduced new bus lines to replace the streetcar lines being withdrawn by the New York Railways Corporation in 1935/36[2] which The Omnibus Corporation also owned.

In 1954 the company purchased the Fifth Avenue Coach Company from The Omnibus Corporation and renamed itself the 'Fifth Avenue Coach Lines' in 1956. [3]

The company went bankrupt in 1962 and the services were taken over by the Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gas-Electric Motorbus Co., Roland Gas-Electric Vehicle Co., New York Motor Bus Co....". "New York City Omnibus Corp. was formed in 1926 with Ritchie president)" 
  2. ^ "Securities and Exchange Commission". 1945. p. 238. "The New York Omnibus Corporation, successor to the New York Railways Corporation commenced the operation of bus route in 1936. In all but one year since then it has been profitable" 
  3. ^ "Guide to the Fifth Avenue Coach Company Collection 1895-1962". New York History Society. "n 1954, after acquiring the Hertz car rental business, the Omnibus Corporation sold the assets of the Fifth Avenue Coach Company to the New York City Omnibus Corporation, which was renamed Fifth Avenue Coach Lines in 1956." 

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