Bus depots of MTA Regional Bus Operations

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The sticker on this bus, below the MTA logo, indicates that it belongs to the West Farms Depot.

MTA Regional Bus Operations operates local and express buses serving New York City in the United States out of 29 bus depots.[1][2] These depots are located in all five boroughs of the city, with one located in nearby Yonkers in Westchester County. 21 of these depots serve MTA New York City Transit (NYCT)'s bus operations, while the remaining eight serve the MTA Bus Company (the successor to private bus operations taken over in the 2000s). Theses facilities perform regular maintenance, cleaning, and painting of buses, as well as collection of revenue from bus fareboxes.[1][3][4] Several of these depots were once car barns for streetcars, while others were built much later and have only served buses. Employees of the depots are represented by local divisions of the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU), particularly the TWU Local 100, or of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU).

Central Maintenance Depots[edit]

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.[5]

The Bronx Division[edit]

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.

Eastchester Depot[edit]

Several Orion V buses at the Eastchester Depot.

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.[6][7] It was built in 1970, and 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.[8][8][9] It was renamed Eastchester Depot upon takeover in 2005.[4] It formerly housed the mass transit operations of NYBS, which only operated express service from the Bronx to Manhattan, as well as its school bus operations.[6]

This depot contains a major bus overhaul and repair facility/shop for various type of buses,[4][10][11] a major "reserve storage" facility for out-of-service buses, and a storage facility for decommissioned and wrecked buses awaiting scrapping.[7] The latter set of buses are stripped of usable parts such as windows and engine components, as well as reusable fluids such as motor oil and fuel, before the remaining shells and unsalvageable parts are sold for scrap.[7][12][13] Under the MTA, the shop was upgraded with a new concrete floor.[4] The facility underwent further renovations in the 2010s, replacing the maintenance building's roof and improving ventilation and pollution controls including containment of fuel spills. The upgraded facility opened on August 13, 2015.[10][11][14]

This depot houses the buses used on the following routes:

  • Local Routes: Bx23, Q50. These two routes were split from the former Queens Surface route, the QBx1, in 2010;[15] the Q50 formerly operated out of the former Queens Surface depot in College Point.
  • Express Routes: BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9 (shared with College Point), BxM10. All these routes were former NYBS routes.
  • Rush Hour-Only Express Routes: QM2, QM20 (both shared with College Point)[16]

Gun Hill Depot[edit]

The Gun Hill Depot is located at 1910 Bartow Avenue,[17] just west of the New England Thruway in Baychester, Bronx. It opened on September 10, 1989, replacing the old Kingsbridge Depot which was closed the same day awaiting demolition, rebuilding and reconstruction, and was the first NYCTA depot to use solar panels that now provide about 40% of the depot's power.[13][18] It is also the only New York City Transit bus garage that was built on previously undeveloped land. This depot houses the buses used on the following routes:

Kingsbridge Depot[edit]

East side

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 owned by the Third Avenue Railway, 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.[19] The original 1897 depot stood until 1990.[citation needed] Today, Kingsbridge Depot, which re-opened in 1993 consists of two separate buildings: one for maintenance (the Ninth Avenue Shop)[5] and one for bus storage. The Ninth Avenue shop rebuilds individual bus components.[5] The depot was the first in the city to house articulated buses beginning on September 30, 1996.[20]

This depot houses the buses used on the following routes:

West Farms Depot[edit]

West Farms Depot in the Bronx, with Orion VII CNG exiting.

The West Farms Depot is located along East 177th Street and next to the north end of the Sheridan Expressway in Tremont, Bronx.[21] The depot opened on September 7, 2003 on the site of the former Coliseum Depot.[18] 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.[1][22]

The original depot utilized the former Bronx Coliseum after it ceased operations in the 1940s.[21] The Coliseum Depot closed in 1995,[18] and a new CNG-compatible facility was constructed as part of the MTA's 1995-1999 Capital Program. This included a "fast-fill" CNG filling station at the cost of $7.3 million.[22] It became the second NYCT depot to facilitate CNG when it opened in 2003.[18]

This depot houses the buses used on the following routes:

Yonkers Depot[edit]

The Yonkers Depot is located at 59 Babcock Place in Yonkers, New York.[6] Originally part of Liberty Lines Express,[6] it is currently owned and operated by MTA Bus,[3] and only houses express bus service between Yonkers or Western Bronx and Manhattan.[6] This depot houses the buses used on the BxM1, BxM2, BxM3, BxM4, BxM11 and BxM18 express routes.[23]

Brooklyn Division[edit]

All Brooklyn local and Brooklyn express routes are operated by either the New York City Transit brand or the MTA Bus brand, although most are branded with the former; only the B100 and B103 local routes, and the BM- express routes, are operated by MTA Bus. All Brooklyn NYCT depots are represented by TWU local 100. Spring Creek Depot, operated under the MTA Bus Company, is represented by ATU local 1181.

East New York Depot[edit]

Jamaica Avenue side of East New York Depot

The East New York Depot is located at One Jamaica Avenue at Bushwick Avenue in the Broadway Junction area of East New York, Brooklyn, just east of the New York City Subway's East New York Yard.[24] The depot opened in 1859 as a car barn for the Broadway Railroad's Broadway streetcar line. The original former trolley barn was replaced by the current depot in 1956, when Brooklyn streetcar service ended.[25] Also, plans are underway to modify this depot to accommodate articulated-buses in the very near future.

Also located at the facility is the MTA's bus command center.[26][27] The MTA plans to construct a new command center across from the depot. The contract for the project was awarded on June 26, 2015.[28]

This depot houses the buses used on the following routes:

Flatbush Depot[edit]

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 just off Flatbush Avenue, 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.[29][30][31] 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. 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. Only Ulmer Park Depot's garage building somewhat matches his new architectural design.[32] In 2009, the depot became the first to dispatch buses equipped with Plexiglas partitions to protect drivers.[33][34][35]

This depot houses the buses used on the following routes:

Fresh Pond Depot[edit]

Bus enters from Fresh Pond Road under Myrtle Avenue Line station

The Fresh Pond Depot is located on the east side of Fresh Pond Road south of Madison Street in Ridgewood, Queens, and lies just west of the Fresh Pond Yard of the New York City Subway, was built on the site that was formerly a trolley depot, and re-opened in 1959.

This depot houses the buses used on the following local routes: B7, B20, B26, B38 (limited and overnight runs), B52, B54, Q54, Q55 and Q58.

Grand Avenue Depot[edit]

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.[37][38][39] The building design is certified Environmental Management Systems ISO 14001 specifications.[39]

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.[38][40]

The building meets the needs of expanding demands, and relief of the overcrowding at the Brooklyn Division's other six existing bus garages, and upgrading the Department of Buses' facilities to be state-of-the-art from both environmental and technological standpoints.[39] Also, plans are underway to modify this depot to accommodate articulated-buses in the very near future.

This depot houses the buses used on the following routes:

Jackie Gleason Depot[edit]

The northwest corner of the Jackie Gleason Depot

The Jackie Gleason Depot, formerly the Fifth Avenue Depot until June 30, 1988,[41][42] is located on the east side of Fifth Avenue between 36th and 39th Streets in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.[41] The depot is just west of the 36th-38th Street Yard and Ninth Avenue station of the New York City Subway.[43] The depot was formerly the site of an elevated railcar inspection shop, which was closed and was demolished in 1982, and rebuilt into the present new depot which opened in 1985.[5] In June 1988, the depot was named after Jackie Gleason, who grew up in Brooklyn and played bus driver Ralph Kramden in The Honeymooners; this renaming occurred one year after Gleason's death.[41][44] The depot later housed a bus built in 1949 similar to that used on the show, part of the New York Transit Museum fleet.[45]

The depot first facilitated testing of compressed natural gas (CNG) buses in 1992, when a dual-fueled CNG/Diesel bus was housed in the facility. The bus was fueled at the Brooklyn Union Gas Company facility in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.[22] In November 1995, the NYCTA installed a fueling station (leased from Brooklyn Union) at the cost of $1.6 million for several Transportation Manufacturing Corporation (TMC) RTS-06 CNG demonstration model buses.[22][46] The depot was fully equipped with CNG on June 7, 1999, with the original "slow-fill" fueling station replaced with a "fast-fill" station. It became the first NYCTA depot to support CNG buses.[18][22] Also, plans are underway to modify this depot to accommodate articulated-buses in the very near future.

This depot houses the buses used on the B4, B8, B9, B11, B16, B35, B37, B43, B61, B63, B67, B68, B69, and B70 local routes.

Spring Creek Depot[edit]

Looking at the Spring Creek Depot from Flatlands Avenue.

The Spring Creek Depot is located on Flatlands Avenue east of Crescent Street in the Spring Creek subsection of Brooklyn's East New York neighborhood. Originally leased to the Command Bus Company, the depot was previously built and owned by the New York City Department of Transportation[3] in 1996, before being sold to MTA Bus in early 2009. Command's previous depot was several blocks to the northwest on Montauk Avenue and Wortman Avenue (626 Wortman Avenue), which now houses the school bus operations of the successor company Varsity Bus Company.[47]

In 1988, two Orion I Command buses were fitted by the Brooklyn Union Gas Company with engines that operated on compressed natural gas (CNG). A compressor station was installed at the Wortman Avenue depot.[47][48][49] By the mid-1990s, many of the buses operated by Command ran on CNG.[6][50] Local buses out of this depot continue to operate on compressed natural gas under the MTA.[1]

This depot houses the buses used on the following routes, all of which are former Command routes:[6]

Ulmer Park Depot[edit]

Ulmer Park Depot
The repaired bus #2185 inside the depot in 2013.

The Ulmer Park Depot is located at 2449 Harway Avenue in the neighborhood of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.[52] 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.[52] It was rehabilitated in 1989.[52] This is the only NYCTA depot in Brooklyn to maintain express buses. Ulmer Park is notable for repairing and housing NYCT Bus 2185, a MCI express coach which was damaged in the September 11 attacks in 2001.[53]

This depot houses the buses used on the following routes:

Manhattan Division[edit]

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.[18] All Manhattan Bus Depots are represented by TWU Local 100

Amsterdam Depot[edit]

Amsterdam Depot at 129th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan

The Amsterdam Depot was built by Surface Transit Inc. in 1947, and is located on the entire city 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.[54] The depot was once a Third Avenue Railway car barn.[19] 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 and M7 routes were transferred to Manhattanville Depot, while the M98 route went to the Michael J. Quill Depot. This garage now houses and maintains most of the museum and vintage bus fleet.

Manhattanville Depot[edit]

Manhattanville Depot

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 re-opened on September 6, 1992 replacing the former 132nd Street Depot, which was originally built by the 5th Avenue Coach Company and the old 54th Street Depot which closed the same day, and is viewable from the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line between 125th Street and 137th Street – City College.

This depot houses the buses used on the following routes:

Michael J. Quill Depot[edit]

Bird's eye view of Michael J. Quill Depot at night

The Michael J. Quill Depot fills the block bounded by Eleventh Avenue, the West Side Highway, 40th Street, and 41st Street in Midtown Manhattan, near the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Hudson Yards.[55] The depot opened in spring 1998 as the Westside Depot, replacing the Walnut Depot and 100th Street Depot (the latter since reopened),[54] and was renamed after Michael J. Quill, one of the founders of the Transport Workers Union of America, on July 13, 2000.[citation needed] The depot, built in 1963 was the former New York headquarters and bus garage for Greyhound Lines, which sold it to the New York City Transit Authority in 1996.[56] 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. It is also used for midday layovers for express buses from other boroughs, with additional layover areas nearby in Midtown.[4][57] The depot was proposed to be relocated to a site on the west side between West 30th and 31st Streets, as part of a planned expansion of the Javits Center,[55] which was slated to be completed by 2010 but never fully commenced.

This depot houses the buses used on the following routes:

Mother Clara Hale Depot[edit]

Mother Clara Hale Bus 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.[58]

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.[59] 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.[60] Operations from the new depot began on July 31, 1939.[61]

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.[62][63] 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 operated from other depots.

This depot houses the buses used on the following routes:

Tuskegee Airmen Depot[edit]

Tuskegee Airmen Depot
Tuskegee Airmen Depot logo

The Tuskegee Airmen Depot, formerly named 100th Street Depot, is located at 1552 Lexington Avenue,[64] filling the block bounded by Park Avenue, Lexington Avenue, and 99th and 100th Streets in the East Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. The depot was closed in spring 1998 when the Michael J. Quill Depot opened,[54] but reopened on September 7, 2003,[18] taking on a number of routes from the Hudson Depot.[65] 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.[66][67] The depot was formerly a car barn for streetcars on the Lexington Avenue Line. It became the Tuskegee Airmen Depot on March 23, 2012, in honor of the famous World War II airmen.[18]

This depot houses the buses used on the M15, M86 SBS, M101, M102, and M103 articulated routes.

Queens Division[edit]

Presently, MTA Regional Bus Operations operate various local and express routes under New York City Transit and MTA Bus Company, with three Queens MTA Bus Company depots (Baisley Park, College Point & LaGuardia) being members of Transport Workers Union Local 100[68][69][70][71] and all Queens NYCT depots, Far Rockaway Depot & JFK Depot being members of ATU Local 1056 and Local 1179 of Queens, New York.[72] All New York City Transit Queens Division supervisors are members of Transport Workers Union Local 106.[73]

Baisley Park Depot[edit]

Baisley Park Bus Depot

The Baisley Park Depot is located at the southeast corner of Guy R. Brewer Boulevard and Linden Boulevard in South Jamaica, Queens, in the New York City borough of Queens.[6][74] It is currently owned by GTJ Reit Inc. (Green, Triboro, Jamaica) Realty Investment Trust, Inc., successor to the former operators as well as Command Bus Company.[8][75] The brick facility was opened in 1966 and was operated by Jamaica Buses; the company's original depot was located across the street (114-02 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard) before the land was acquired by New York State in 1958.[6][75][76] On January 30, 2006, it was leased to the City of New York and MTA Bus.[4] Later that year, a bus operator training center was opened at the facility.[77] Also, plans are underway to modify this depot to accommodate articulated-buses in the very near future.

As of summer 2015, this depot houses the buses used on the following routes:

Casey Stengel Depot[edit]

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. This depot was rebuilt in 1994, after the old Flushing Depot, which was inherited from the defunct North Shore Bus Company in 1947, was closed and demolished. This depot houses the buses used on the following routes:

College Point Depot[edit]

The College Point Depot is located on 28th Avenue near Ulmer Street in the College Point section of Queens, near the printing plant of The New York Times and the former site of Flushing Airport.[6][80][81] Built in 1998, it is owned by the NYCDOT and leased to MTA Bus, and formerly leased to Queens Surface Corporation before the lease was taken over by MTA Bus.[3][80] Many buses under Queens Surface used compressed natural gas,[6] and all local bus service from this depot currently operates using CNG.[1] In 2006, a unified command center for MTA Bus Company was established at the depot.[77] Also, plans are underway to modify this depot to accommodate articulated-buses in the very near future.

As of 2015, this depot houses the buses used on the following routes:

  • Local Routes: Q25, Q34, Q38, Q53, Q65, Q66. The Q25, Q34, Q65, and Q66 were all former Queens Surface routes, while the Q38 and Q53 (former Triboro Coach routes) previously operated out of the LaGuardia Depot.[82]
  • Express Routes: BxM9 (rush hours shared with Eastchester), QM1, QM2 (shared with Eastchester),[16] QM3, QM5, QM6, QM7, QM8, QM10, QM11, QM12, QM20 (shared with Eastchester)[16]

Far Rockaway Depot[edit]

The Far Rockaway Depot is situated on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 49th Street in Arverne, Queens on the Rockaway Peninsula.[6] 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, are owned by GTJ Reit, Inc.,[8] except for the newly built annex building which is owned by the MTA-NYCTA, and was formerly used by Green Bus Lines Inc. before being leased to the City of New York and MTA Bus in 2006. The depot has two storage lots and a small maintenance facility. Following damage from Hurricane Sandy, the facility was closed between October 2012 and February 2013, with its fleet housed at Building 78 on the grounds of John F. Kennedy International Airport 2 blocks away from the JFK Depot.[83] In 2014, the MTA opened a new annex building with a modern and updated maintenance facility, to expand this facility in order to maintain and support more buses. The project to fully restore the depot was scheduled to begin in 2015.[14] It has also been proposed to partially power the facility using wind turbines.[13]

This depot houses the buses used on the following routes, all of which were descended from former Green Lines routes:[6][51][84]

Jamaica Depot[edit]

Jamaica Depot

The Jamaica Depot is located on the west side of Merrick Boulevard just south of Liberty Avenue in Jamaica, Queens. The depot lies between Merrick Boulevard to the east and 165th Street to the west, and spans about three blocks north-to-south between South Road and 107th Avenue. It sits across from the campus of York College. The depot was opened by the North Shore Bus Company in August 1940[3][85][86] and inherited by the New York City Transit Authority in 1947. The 58,000 square foot depot is the oldest existing New York City Transit Depot.[85] Due to its age and capacity issues, the MTA plans to demolish the existing structure and build a new and expanded depot on the same site, as well as on 50,000 square feet of adjacent property purchased in April 2014. The project is scheduled to occur by 2019.[1][3][85]

This depot houses the buses used on the Q3, Q4, Q5, Q17, Q30, Q42, Q77, Q84, and Q85 local routes.[85]

John F. Kennedy Depot[edit]

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. It was the primary storage and maintenance facility for the company.[6] The depot was built from 1951 to 1952 at the cost of $500,000.[87] It is currently owned by GTJ Reit Inc (the successor to Green Lines) and is leased to the City of New York and MTA Bus.[8] JFK Depot is located in Jamaica at 147th Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard near JFK Airport.[6]

This depot houses the buses used on the following routes, all of which were former Green Lines routes:[6][84]

LaGuardia Depot[edit]

Buses at the LaGuardia Depot, including a former Triboro Coach RTS bus (far right).

LaGuardia Depot is located on a two-block long structure (85-01 24th Avenue) bound by 85th and 87th Street, and 23rd and 24th Avenues in the East Elmhurst & Jackson Heights neighborhoods of Queens, New York near LaGuardia Airport.[90] The depot was built in 1954, is currently owned by GTJ Reit Inc, and was operated by Triboro Coach Corporation[6] before being leased to the City of New York and MTA Bus Company on February 20, 2006.[4] In 1989, a methanol fuel station was installed at the facility for six General Motors-built RTS methanol buses.[47][48][91] It was later used in the early 1990s to fuel an NYCT demonstration bus from the Casey Stengel Depot[22] and three new Triboro-operated RTS buses fitted with special Detroit Diesel Series 92 engines.[92] Beginning in 1994, the facility dispatched compressed natural gas (CNG) buses in addition to its diesel fleet.[6][50][93] The depot was decommissioned from CNG operations in 2006 due to not meeting the MTA's safety and environmental standards.[4][94] On April 10, 2006, while workers from KeySpan were removing CNG from tanks and a private contractor was conducting construction near the depot, a gas compressor station exploded leading to a large fire at the depot. One bus was destroyed and 12 were damaged.[4][77][90][94][95]

This depot houses the following bus routes. Many of these were former Triboro Routes. Several were former Queens Surface Corporation routes that operate in western Queens, which were closer to the LaGauardia Depot, than their former Queens Surface depot in College Point.

Queens Village Depot[edit]

The Queens Village Depot is located on 97-11 222nd Street between 97th and 99th Avenues in Queens Village, Queens.[96] The depot was opened on September 8, 1974 and it is on the site of what was Dugan's Bakery, relieving overcrowding at the existing Casey Stengel Depot and Jamaica Depots. 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.

This depot houses the buses used on the following routes:

Staten Island Division[edit]

All Staten Island division bus depots are the members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 726 of Staten Island, New York and are all operated by New York City Transit.[97]

Castleton Depot[edit]

Castleton Avenue

The Castleton Depot was built in 1947 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. Built to hold 135 buses,[98] the depot currently can store about 340 buses.[99]

Until Yukon Depot opened, Castleton Depot was known as Staten Island Depot. This depot houses the buses used on the following routes:

Charleston Depot[edit]

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. The depot was announced in September 2005 as part of the MTA's 2000-2004 Captial Plan, to relieve the overcrowding and maintenance and storage pressure's between the Castleton and Yukon bus depots, both of which had limited bus storage space. The depot was also intended to help expand express bus service in Staten Island, and improve service for then-36,000 Staten Islanders who used express buses.[99] A new depot had been planned for around 30 years, and attempts to secure funding lasted around a decade.[98][100][101] After delays due to lack of funding,[102] construction on the depot (then called the Charleston Bus Annex)[98][100] began on February 15, 2008.[100] The depot was opened on December 6, 2010.[103]

This depot houses the buses used on the following routes:

Meredith Avenue Depot[edit]

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. This depot houses the buses used on the X12, X15, X30 and X42 express routes.

Yukon Depot[edit]

Yukon Depot background

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 opened in 1982 replacing the leased Edgewater Depot as well as relieving overcrowding at the Castleton Depot. Originally built to store 250 buses,[98] it currently can store around 400.[99] This depot houses the buses used on the following routes:

Former depots[edit]

12th Street Depot[edit]

The 12th Street Depot was located at East 12 Street between 1st Avenue & Avenue A. It was acquired from the Fifth Avenue Coach Company in 1962, and closed and replaced by the Hudson Pier Depot in 1971.[citation needed]

126th Street Depot[edit]

126th Street Depot

The 126th Street Depot formerly filled the city 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. The address was 2460 Second Avenue,[104] and the depot's decal featured 126 in Roman numerals (CXXVI).[105] A former trolley yard, the site was opened as a bus depot in 1947 by Surface transit Inc., the successor to the streetcars of the Third Avenue Railway.[106] It would later be used by the New York City Omnibus Corporation and, until its closure, the MaBSTOA subsidiary of the MTA.[104] It housed the buses (and served as a northern terminal) for the M15 SBS and M15, the second busiest bus route in the United States and the busiest in the city[65][106] carrying over 60,000 passengers a day. Before it closed, it operated four additional local lines: M31, M35, M60 SBS, and M116.[107][108]

The site had previously been used by the Cosmopolitan Productions studio owned by William Randolph Hearst until 1923.[109][110] In 2008, a historical 17th century African American burial ground used by the Elmendorf Reformed Church, the first church in Harlem, was discovered at the site. The MTA consequently agreed to move most of the depot's routes to the reopened Mother Clara Hale Depot.[106] The 126th Street Depot closed on January 5, 2015,[111] with the land returned to the city; it is slated to be demolished.[104]

54th Street Depot[edit]

The 54th Street Depot was located on Ninth Avenue, between 53rd Street, and 54th Street streets in Midtown Manhattan. The address was 802 9th Avenue. It was originally the car barn of the Ninth Avenue Railroad.[citation needed] This depot was demolished, and is currently the Rapid Transit Division's Rail Command Control Center.

Crosstown Depot[edit]

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 holds 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 has been converted to paint shop and road service operations.[5][112][113]

Edgewater Depot[edit]

The Edgewater Depot was located at 60/171 Edgewater Street in Staten Island, and it was leased from the New York City Department of Marine and Aviation in 1976, and used to help out the then only Staten Island depot (now Castleton Avenue Depot) and relieve the massive overcrowding there, until Yukon Depot opened in 1982. This depot was notable for 2 GMC fishbowl buses on loan from Washington DC's Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for falling into the narrows or river after one of its pier collapsed.

Hudson Depot[edit]

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. The address was 11 11th Avenue. It was opened in 1971 replacing the 12th Street Depot, and closed on September 7, 2003, transferring all of its routes to the reopened Michael J. Quill Depot (except the M11, transferred to Manhattanville).[65][114]

Walnut Depot[edit]

The Walnut Depot was located on 132nd Street east of the Hell Gate Bridge in Port Morris, Bronx. The address was 900 East 132th Street. NYCTA bought the depot from the F. W. Woolworth Company for $1.8 million in 1979,[115] and opened it to buses on April 3, 1983, replacing the old and dilapidated West Farms Depot which was closed on the same date, and also to relieve overcrowding at the existing Coliseum and Kingsbridge Depots .[citation needed] The depot was sold to the New York Post for a new printing plant[116] and closed in spring 1998, replaced by the Michael J. Quill Depot.[54]

West Farms Depot (old)[edit]

The West Farms Depot was located at 1857 Boston Road in the Crotona Park East section of the Bronx.[117] Built in 1894 by the Union Railway as a car barn,[19][118] it was used to store and maintain buses until April 3, 1983, when it was closed and replaced by the Walnut Depot. It has long been demolished, and some new apartment buildings have gone up on this site recently.[citation needed] The former nearby Coliseum Depot was renamed the West Farms Depot when it reopened in 2003.[18]


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