Retired MTA Regional Bus Operations bus fleet

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The NYC Transit Department of Buses, subsidiary Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority, and the Metropolitan Suburban Transportation Authority, now under MTA Regional Bus Operations, have provided bus service in Greater New York since the 1950s (1973-2011 in Nassau County), utilizing mostly buses from General Motors and Flxible through the 1980s, and later on the Rapid Transit Series design, and buses from Gillig and Orion. The fleet of buses which has been employed and is no longer on the active roster is listed below.

New York City Transit Authority, Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority and MTA Bus[edit]

The New York City Transit Authority and Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority (MaBSTOA)'s fleet included the buses purchased below. This listing includes vehicles purchased by Fifth Avenue Coach and Surface Transportation, Inc., the predecessor companies to MaBSTOA.

All bus numbers in small font (in the "Numbers" section) denote preserved buses that are part of the museum fleet.

Buses ordered before 1959[edit]

Buses before 1959 were ordered with a GM 6-71 engine (GM) or a Mack END-673 engine (Mack) an Allison hydraulic transmission.

This list only includes buses purchased by the New York City Board of Transportation, NYC Transit Authority, or Fifth Avenue Coach and Surface Transportation Inc., that became MaBSTOA buses.

Year Builder and model name Length and Width Numbers (preserved numbers) Picture Notes
1946 General Motors
TDH-4507
35 ft (10.67 m) • 96 in (2.44 m) 1836–1845, 2260–2349
  • 1836-1845 originally operated by New York City Omnibus.
  • 2260-2349 originally operated by Fifth Avenue Coach Lines.
1947 1846–1886
  • Originally operated by New York City Omnibus.
1948 1887–2129, 2200–2261, 2700–2736
  • 1887-1999 and 2700-2736 were operated by New York City Omnibus.
  • 2000-2199 and 2200-2261 were operated by NYC Board of Transportation.
1948 General Motors
TDH-4510
35 ft (10.67 m) • 102 in (2.59 m) 4400-4499
  • Originally purchased by NYC Board of Transportation.
  • Last production transit buses ordered for transportation in New York City shorter than 40 feet.
1948 General Motors
TDH-5101
40 ft (12.19 m) • 96 in (2.44 m) 4500-4899 (4789) New York City Omnibus GMC Old Look TDH-5101 2969 @ Pier 83.jpg
  • Originally purchased by, and built specifically for, the New York City Board of Transportation.
  • 4789 was renumbered to 2969 to match the bus Jackie Gleason drove in The Honeymooners and is preserved as that number.
  • First 40 ft (12.19 m) transit buses manufactured by General Motors, and first 40 ft (12.19 m) transit buses in New York City.
1949 General Motors
TDH-5102
2501
  • Demonstrator model purchased by Fifth Avenue Coach and Surface Transportation, Inc.
1952 General Motors
TDH-5104
2502–2551
  • Purchased by Fifth Avenue Coach and Surface Transportation Inc.
1953 2552–2561
1954 General Motors
TDH-5106
2562–2591
  • Purchased by Fifth Avenue Coach and Surface Transportation Inc.
1956 3100 (preserved) NYC Transit Authority FACCo GM TDH-5106 Old Look 3100.jpg
  • One of two air-conditioned demo buses built in and purchased in 1956 (the other was a TDH-5105 that eventually went to New Orleans).
  • First air-conditioned transit bus in New York City.
1957 7000-7208 (7144) NYC Transit Authority GMC TDH-5106 7144.jpg
1958 2605–2644, 9000-9120 (9098) MTA GM TDH-5106 9098.jpg
  • 2600-series purchased by Fifth Avenue Coach and Surface Transportation, Inc.
1959 2645–2694
1954 Mack
C-49-DT
2990–2999
  • Purchased by Fifth Avenue Coach and Surface Transportation, Inc.
1956 2962–2989, 6000-6317 (6259) NYC Transit Authority Mack C-49 6259.jpg
  • 2900-series purchased by Fifth Avenue Coach and Surface Transportation, Inc.
1958 3000-3009
  • Purchased by Fifth Avenue Coach and Surface Transportation, Inc.

Buses ordered from 1959 to 1969 [1][edit]

These buses were all 40 ft (12.19 m) long and 102 in (2.59 m) wide, and were equipped with GM 6V71 engines to Allison hydraulic transmissions.

Year Builder and model name Numbers (preserved numbers) Picture Notes
1959 General Motors
TDH-5301
1-190 (100) NYC Transit Authority GMC TDH 5301 100.jpg
  • First 102 in (2.59 m)-wide transit buses in New York City.
1960 501-805, 3101-3220
  • 3101-3220 were purchased by Fifth Avenue Coach and Surface Transportation Inc.
1961 1001–1130 (1059) NYC Transit Authority GMC TDH-5301 1059.jpg
  • 10 buses (including 1059) were transferred to Long Island Bus in the mid-1970s.
1962 2000–2174 (2151) NYC Transit Authority GMC TDH-5301 2151.jpg
1963 General Motors
TDH-5303
3301-3555, 3601-3823, 3829-3950 (3758) New York City Transit Authority GMC New Look TDH-5303 3758.jpg
  • 3301-3555 were operated by MaBSTOA
  • The front third of 3816 was used to rebuild San Francisco MUNI bus 3057.[2]
1965 5201-5525, 6401-6900
  • Operated by MaBSTOA
  • 7 units were transferred to Long Island Bus in the late 1970s.
1964 Flxible Corporation
F2D6V-401-1
5001-5165 (5117) NYC Transit Flxible F2D6V-401-1 5117.JPG
1965 5601-5800
1966 General Motors
TDH-5303A[3]
8001-8202, 8301-8780 (8466) NYC Transit Authority GMC TDH-5303A 8466.jpg
  • 8301-8780 were operated by MaBSTOA
1968 General Motors
T6H-5305A
8801-8933 (8928) NYC Transit Authority GMC T6H-5305A 8928.jpg
1969 Flxible Corporation
111CC-D5-1
4000-4202,
4600-4727 (4727)
NYC Transit Authority Flxible New Look 4727.jpg
  • 4600-4727 were operated by MaBSTOA
  • Five units were eventually transferred to Long Island Bus before being retired.
  • 4000 and 4001 were given to Washington, DC's Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) in 1982, to replace the two leased GMC fishbowls that were lost, when parts of the pier supporting the temporary Edgewater Depot collapsed into the Narrows.

Buses ordered from 1970 to 1979 [1][4][edit]

All buses were ordered with a GM 6V71N engine (except for 9155-9164, which had GM 8V71N engines) and Allison hydraulic 2-speed or 3-speed transmissions. All buses were 40 ft (12.19 m) long and 102 in (2.59 m) wide.

Year Builder and model name Numbers
(preserved numbers)
Retired Picture Notes
1971 General Motors
T6H-5305A
4300-4499 (4401→5227) 1992 (unrebuilt units)
March 8, 1995 (rebuilt units)
  • 4401 was renumbered to 5227 after a rebuild by Blitz Co.
1972 General Motors
T6H-5309A[5]
6000-6163
  • 6000-6163 were the first buses delivered in blue paint.
  • 4800-4919 were operated by MaBSTOA.
1973 4800-4919, 6200-6349
1972 General Motors
T6H-5310A[5]
6164-6199
1973 4500-4505, 6901-6956 early 1990s (unrebuilt units)
1998 (rebuilt units)
  • 4500-4505 were operated by MaBSTOA
1974 Flxible Corporation
53102-6-1
7000-7204, 7300-7361 (7340) 1990 NYC Transit Authority Flxible 53102-6-1 7340.jpg
  • 7300-7361 were operated by MaBSTOA
  • 50 units were later sent to Long Island Bus; see below.
1975 7500-7659, 7700-7937 1993
  • 7700-7937 were operated by MaBSTOA
1977 9000-9154, 9165-9309 1995
  • 9165-9309 were operated by MaBSTOA
1976 Leyland (UK)
A-N-68A-2L Atlantean
Double decker bus
DD1-DD8 1978
  • Demonstration double decker buses running only in Manhattan streets.
1977 Flxible Corporation
53102-8-1
9155-9164 1995
  • 9160-9164 were operated by MaBSTOA.

Buses ordered from 1980 to 1989[edit]

The first wheelchair-accessible buses were delivered in 1981. All units here are 40 ft (12.19 m) long and 102 in (2.59 m) wide, unless noted otherwise.[6]

Beginning in 2005, some units operated under the newly formed MTA Bus Company until retirement.

Year Builder and model name Numbers
(preserved numbers)
Year Retired Picture Handicapped/disabled access Powertrain
(engine and transmission)
Notes
1979 Grumman-Flxible
870A (53102-8-1)
199 1984 NYC Transit Grumman Flxible 870 236.jpg X mark.svg
  • Detroit Diesel series 8V71T
  • Allison V730
  • MTA's first "Advanced Design" type buses, delivered in the white and blue-stripe scheme.
  • PA97-PA175 and 601-910 were operated by MaBSTOA.
  • 199 was a demonstrator bus originally numbered 100.
  • 553-565 had padded seats and were 96 in (2.44 m) wide. These units were ordered by the MTA for the Avenue B/East Broadway to replace their Flxible New Looks, but that operator went out of business.
  • Withdrawn in 1984 after cracks developed and one unit caught fire. For more information, see here.
1980 Grumman-Flxible
870A (53102-6-1)
PA1-PA175
201-552
601-910
(236 by MTA,
401 & 465 by NJT)
453-552
& 811-910 only
  • Detroit Diesel series 6V71
  • Allison V730
Grumman-Flxible
870A (53096-8-1)
553-565 X mark.svg
  • Detroit Diesel series 8V71
  • Allison V730
1974-
1975
(leased 1984)
Motor Coach Industries
MC-8 (coach bus)
5800-5949 1985 (returned) X mark.svg Detroit Diesel series 8V71N
and Allison V730
  • Former Greyhound buses leased from Hausman Bus Sales as temporary replacements for the Grumman 870s.
  • 96 in (2.44 m) wide.
1964-
1968
(leased 1984-1985)
Flxible and General Motors Corporation
“New Look”
Various X mark.svg Detroit Diesel series 6V71N
and Allison V730
  • Former WMATA Metro buses leased as temporary replacements for the Grumman 870s.
1966-
1972
(rebuilt in 1985)
General Motors Corporation
rebuilt

New Look
5000-5022
5100-5159
5200-5284
5300-5404
5500-5576
(5227)
1995 (NYCT)
1998 (Long Island Bus)
NYC Transit Authority GMC Blitz T6H-5305A 5227.jpg X mark.svg Refurbished Detroit Diesel series 6V71N
and new Allison V730 or refurbished Allison VH9
  • Replaced the suddenly-retired Grumman-Flxible 870s.
  • 345 units rebuilt by Blitz Bus and Truck Inc. of Chicago.
  • Models are as following:
    • TDH-5303s: 5000s and 5100s
    • T6H-5305As: 5200s
    • T6H-5309A: 5300-5404
    • T6H-5309A: 5500s
  • Several units were transferred to Long Island Bus before being retired in 1998.
1981 General Motors Corporation
RTS-04 (T8W-204)
1201-1317
PA1318-PA1633
2201-2300
PA2301-PA2579
(1201)
2002 (unrebuilt units)
2005 (rebuilt units)
NYC Transit GMC RTS 1201.jpg
NYC Transit MetroCard bus 2504.jpg
Yes check.svg
  • Detroit Diesel series 6V71N
  • Allison V730
  • Many buses were funded by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
  • 1000-series units were for NYC Transit Authority garages; 2000-series units were for MaBSTOA garages.
  • 1298-1317 had coach seats.
  • 1237 was retrofitted with rooftop air conditioning.
  • Several units were transferred to Long Island Bus before being retired in the late 1990s.
    • Other units were rebuilt in the mid-1990s by the NYCTA (renumbered into the 7000-series) and Midwest Bus (renumbered into the 7500-series).
  • 1291 and PA2504 were converted to MetroCard Sales buses, but both have since been scrapped.
1983 PA3001-PA3325 2000
1981 General Motors Corporation
RTS-04 (T8J-204)
PA1634-PA1658 2002 (unrebuilt units)
2005 (rebuilt units)
Yes check.svg Detroit Diesel series 6V92TA
and Allison V730
1982 PA1659-PA1858
PA2580-PA2704
2003 (unrebuilt units)
2005 (rebuilt units)
MaBSTOA2606 SIHomeport 5-6-2004MP.jpg Yes check.svg
  • Buses funded by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
  • 1000-series units were for NYC Transit Authority garages; 2000-series units were for MaBSTOA garages.
  • PA1734-PA1858 had coach seats.
  • 1717, 1721, and 1743 were repowered with Detroit Diesel series 6V71N engines.
  • Some units were rebuilt in the mid-1990s by the NYCTA (renumbered into the 7000-series) and Midwest Bus (renumbered into the 7500-series).
1984 3400-3799 2004 (NYCT)
2007 (MTA Bus, as 1800-series)
NYCTA3503 Q88 HoraceHardingKissena 3-19-2002MP.jpg Yes check.svg Detroit Diesel series 6V92TA
and Allison V730
  • 3496 was renumbered to 4211.
1985 3800-4218
(3966, 4149)[7]
NYC Transit GMC RTS 4149 Command Center bus.jpg Yes check.svg
  • 4149 was converted to a Command Center bus. It was renumbered to 0090 in 2007 due to an incoming bus using number 4149.
  • 3800-3899, 3916, 3964-3968, 4167-4169, and 4194 had coach seats.
1986 General Motors Corporation
RTS-06 (T8J-206)
PA4300-4344
4345-4599
(4396)
2005 (NYCT)
2007 (MTA Bus, as 1800-series)
NYC Transit GMC RTS 4396 Phoenix.jpg Yes check.svg
  • The first 45 buses of this order were funded by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
  • 4497 had coach seats.
  • 4396 was converted to a Command Center bus following a fire that damaged the bus greatly. It was renumbered to 0010 in 2007 due to an incoming bus using number 4396.
  • 4430 also survives, as a movie prop bus.
1987 Transportation Manufacturing Corporation
RTS-06 (T8J-206)
4600-4899 NYCTA4656 B31 QuentinRd E16St 5-10-2004MP.jpg Yes check.svg
  • 4742 and 4873-4888 had coach seats.
  • 4854-4899 had their seats replaced with 2 x 2 seating.

Buses ordered from 1990 to 1999[edit]

All units were wheelchair accessible. Most units were 40 ft (12.19 m) long and 102 in (2.59 m) wide, but all Motor Coach Industries buses and New Flyer Industries D45S buses were 45 ft (13.72 m) long and all New Flyer Industries D60 buses were 60 ft (18.29 m) long.

Year Builder and model name Numbers
(preserved numbers)
Year Retired Picture Powertrain
(engine, transmission or propulsion system)
Notes
1990-1991 Transportation Manufacturing Corporation
RTS-06 (T80-206)
8000-8396
8400[8]
2009-2010 MTA Bus TMC 8074.jpg
  • Units that did not receive Detroit Diesel series 50 EGR engines were retired in 2006.
  • 8400 was never operated under the MTA. It was immediately transferred to the NYPD and ran until 2014.
  • The following buses survive:
    • 8340 (renumbered to 0091) as a Hospital Audiences bus.
    • 8319 as the MetroCard sales bus, replacing 1291 and PA2504. 8319 was renumbered to 0007 in March 2015 due to an incoming bus using number 8319.
1993-1994 8401-8566 MTA Bus TMC RTS 8510.jpg
  • 8401-8402 were formerly numbered 93501-93502.
  • All units except 8565 & 8566 were originally powered Detroit Diesel 6V92TA engines.
1994 8600-8703 NYC Transit TMC RTS 8662.jpg
  • Detroit Diesel series 50
  • Allison VR-731 ATEC
1991 Transportation Manufacturing Corporation
RTS-06 (T80-206) Methanol
8397 2000
  • Detroit Diesel series 6V92TA (methanol fuel)
  • Allison V730
  • Methanol conversion pilot demonstration bus, but later became a hybrid prototype and then a straight diesel bus until it was involved in an accident in 2000.
1991 Transportation Manufacturing Corporation
RTS-06 (T80-206) CNG
8398-8399 2001 (NYCT)
2006 (Command Bus)
  • Cummins L10G (CNG fuel)
  • ZF HP590C
  • Part of the pilot NYC Transit CNG fleet.
    • 8398 was a dual mode diesel/CNG prototype.
  • 8567 was originally part of a 48 bus order for NYCT. Numbers were to be 8567-8615. All units planned for NYCT service were instead sent to Command Bus Company or Triboro Coach.
  • Buses sold to Command Bus Company in 2001 and renumbered 4976-4978, respectively. 8398-8399 were expected to run under MTA Bus as 752-753, respectively, but were retired; 8567 ran under MTA Bus as 754 and was retired in 2006.
  • 8398-8399 were repowered with Detroit Diesel series 50G engines.
1994 8567 2001 (NYCT)
2006 (MTA Bus)
1993 Bus Industries
of America

Orion V (05.501)
101-316
(101→93001)
2010 NYC Transit BIA Orion V 247.jpg
  • Detroit Diesel series 50 EGR (originally Detroit Diesel 6V92TA)
  • Allison B400R WTEC Gen III (originally Allison HT747)
  • 101-196 were formerly numbered 93001-93096.
  • 191 survives as a training bus.
  • 295-297 and 299-300 were originally powered by Cummins C8.3 Engines.
  • 291-294 originally had 1st generation Detroit Diesel Series 50 Engines and Allison HT748 transmissions.
1994-1995 Bus Industries
of America

Orion V (05.501) CNG
317, 581-610 MTA Bus Company Orion V CNG (1995).jpg
  • Detroit Diesel series 50G EGR (CNG fuel)
  • Allison B400R WTEC Gen III
  • Part of the pilot NYC Transit CNG fleet.
    • First production CNG buses purchased for New York City Transit service.
  • Originally powered with Cummins L10G engines and geared with ZF Ecomat 5HP590 transmissions.
  • Most units went to MTA bus prior to retiring in fall 2010.
1994-1995 Orion Bus Industries
Orion V (05.501)
400-580, 611-630 2008-2010 MTA Bus Company Orion V 408.jpg
  • Detroit Diesel series 50
  • Allison World B400R Gen II
  • 402-630 were the first buses delivered with MTA branding and livery.
  • 611-630 were originally equipped with suburban seating.
  • 416 and 444 were repowered with Series 50 EGR engines.
1996 631-680 2012-2014 NYC Transit Orion V 641.jpg
  • Originally ordered as Flxible Metro-E buses, but Flxible ceased operations before the order was built.
  • 639 & 647 were renumbered to 1305 & 1306 in December 2012.
1998-1999 6000-6349
(6000)
2015-2016 MTA NYC Bx38 Bus.JPG
  • Detroit Diesel series 50
  • Allison World B400R Gen III
  • 6326 survives as a maintenance buses.
1995 Nova Bus
RTS-06 (T80-206)
8750-8751 2012

NYC Transit Cummins Nova RTS 9144.jpg

  • Detroit Diesel series 50
  • Allison VR-731 ATEC
1997-1998 9350-9699 2015-2017

NYC Transit Nova RTS 9376.jpg

  • 9546 survives as a maintenance bus.
1981-1982
(rebuilt in 1996)
General Motors Corporation
rebuilt

RTS-04 (T8J-204 or T8W-204)
7000-7049
7500-7559
2005 NYC Transit GMC RTS 7040.jpg
  • Detroit Diesel series 6V92TA (except 7004)
  • Allison V730
  • Rebuilds from 1981 to 1982 GMC RTS buses.
  • The 7000-series units were rebuilt in-house by New York City Transit's 207 Street Overhaul Shop, while the 7500-series units were rebuilt by the Midwest Bus of Owosso, Michigan.
  • 7004 received a Detroit Diesel series 50 engine instead of a series 6V92 engine.
  • 7038-7049 had coach seats.
1996-1998 New Flyer Industries
D60 (articulated)
1000-1109, 5250-5251
(1004→1000)
2010-2011 New York City Transit Bus New Flyer DH60F On M15 South Ferry.JPG
  • Detroit Diesel series 50
  • Allison World B500R Gen II (1000-1001)
  • Allison World B500R Gen III (1002-1111, 5252-5509)
  • 5250-5251 were originally numbered 1110-1111.
1999 5252-5509 2012-2017 MTA New York City Bus New Flyer D60HF 5360.jpg
  • 5407 was rebuilt as a demonstrator for the 2002-2003 D60HFs.
  • Many units were renumbered from 2012-2015 due to newer buses taking their original numbers.
1997-1998 Motor Coach Industries
102DLW3SS (commuter coach)
1860-2039 2012-2013 NYC Transit MCI 102DLW3SS 1933.jpg
  • Detroit Diesel series 60
  • Allison World B500R Gen III
  • 1894 survives as a training bus.
  • 1998 was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks.
1999 2040-2139 2014-2016 NYC Transit MCI 2107.jpg
1998-1999 New Flyer Industries
C40LF
800-856 2011-2013 MTA Bus Company New Flyer C40LF (1990s).jpg
  • Detroit Diesel series 50G (CNG fuel)
  • Allison B400R WTEC Gen III
  • First low-floor buses purchased by the NYC Transit Authority.
  • Two 1999 buses were diverted to Boston's MBTA Bus System (6000-6001) to act as a base for their order of C40LFs. The setup was virtually identical to NYC's C40LFs, save for interior 2x2 seating and passenger-operator rear doors being rewired to be driver operated.[9]
  • 801 was transferred to MTA Bus in 2011 as a training bus for the 2011-2013 C40LF order before being retired.
  • 848 survives as a movie prop bus.
1998-1999 Orion Bus Industries
06.501 (low floor hybrid)
6350-6359
(6350)
2005 NYCT Orion VI 6359 Front.jpg
  • Detroit Diesel series 30
  • Lockheed Martin hybrid drive
  • 6350-6353 were formerly New Jersey Transit 4000-4003.
1999 New Flyer Industries
D45S "Viking" (intercity transit vehicle)
996-998 2010 NYCTA New Flyer D45V 998.jpg
  • Detroit Diesel series 60
  • Allison World B500R Gen III
  • Diverted from a Houston METRO order.
  • Used solely on the X51 route.

Buses ordered since 2000 (includes buses purchased new for MTA Bus)[edit]

All units were wheelchair accessible. Most units were 40 ft (12.19 m) long and 102 in (2.59 m) wide, but all Motor Coach Industries buses were 45 ft (13.72 m) long.

Year Builder and model name Numbers Original operator Year Retired Picture Powertrain
engine, transmission or propulsion system
Notes
2000 New Flyer Industries
C40LF
857-989 NYCT 2012-2013 MTA New York City Bus New Flyer C40LF 988.jpg
  • Detroit Diesel series 50G (CNG fuel)
  • Allison B-400R5 WTEC III
  • 942 & 978 have been retained as training buses at the MTAPD K9 training center in Stormville
2000 Motor Coach Industries
102DLW3SS (commuter coach)
2705-2804 2015-2016 NYC Transit MCI 2783.jpg
  • Detroit Diesel series 60
  • Allison World B-500R Gen III
2000-
2001
Nova Bus
RTS-06 (T80-206) Hybrid
6360 2001
  • Detroit Diesel series 30
  • Lockheed Martin hybrid drive
  • Hybrid-electric bus demonstrators with an electric motor, generator, propulsion control system (PCS), roof-mounted battery storage packs, and regenerative braking.
  • Numbers were to be 6360-6365
    • Only 6360, which actually saw service for six months (but was withdrawn from service because of numerous problems and issues including the exit of Nova Bus from the United States market at that time), and 6361 (never delivered) were built.
    • Additional production units numbered 6365-6509 were planned if the pilot buses were successful.
2001 Motor Coach Industries
D4500 (commuter coach)
2140-2209
(2185)
2015-2017 NYCTA MCI Special 9-11 scheme.jpg
  • Detroit Diesel series 60
  • Allison World B-500R Gen III
  • 2185 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.
  • 2204 & 2209 remain active.
1995
(acquired 2009)
Orion Bus Industries
05.501
101-150 MTA Bus 2013-2015 MTA Bus Orion V 05.501 (ex-Bee-Line).jpg
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50 8.5L
  • Allison B400R4 Gen-II
  • Originally owned and operated by the Westchester Bee-Line Bus System as 401-484; purchased in 2009 to replace older buses.
  • 133 was damaged in an accident and received a new front end from another Orion V.
  • The following buses survive:
    • 102, 104, 107, 143, and 177, retained as training buses at the MTAPD K9 training center in Stormville, NY.
    • 174, retained as a Roadeo bus. This bus has a special Roadeo paint scheme.
1996
(acquired 2009)
151-184 MTA Bus 1996 Orion V (ex-Bee-Line).jpg
2009 DesignLine Corporation
EcoSaver IV (semi-low floor,
turbine electric
1302-1306 NYCT 2011 MTA New York City Bus DesignLine EcoSaver IV (2009).jpg
  • Numbers were to be 1300-1389.
  • Withdrawn from service in late 2010, owing to problems with the microturbine, and officially retired in early 2011, when the buses were returned to DesignLine.[10]
2014 Nova Bus
LFS
(semi-low floor)
8090-8093 2015 2014-15 MTA NYCT LFS.jpeg
  • Cummins EPA13 ISL9 280HP
  • ZF EcoLife 6AP1400B
  • Demonstrators for a 414 bus order from Nova Bus.
  • Replaced with 2015 units bearing the same numbers.
    • Only 8090, which saw service for several months (but was rejected and withdrawn), was delivered.
    • 8092 was eventually sold to Belleville Transit as 1472.

Buses ordered but never delivered[edit]

These buses were ordered with some or no units built, but were discontinued or canceled in between.

Year Builder and model name Proposed numbers Proposed operator Powertrain
engine, transmission or propulsion system
Notes
1995 Flxible
Metro-E 40102-4D
1900-1949 New York City Transit Detroit Diesel series 50
and Allison V-731
  • Order cancelled because Flxible closed and folded. This order was transferred to Orion Bus Industries as Orion V (05.501) buses 631-680.
2004 New Flyer Industries
D60 (articulated)
5770-5834 New York City Transit Detroit Diesel series 50 EGR
and Allison B500R Gen III
  • Model discontinued prior to being built.
2006 DaimlerChrysler Commercial Buses North America
Orion V CNG
(05.501 CNG)
463-512 Long Island Bus John Deree 6081H
and Allison B400R Gen IV
2012-
2013
Millennium Transit Services
RTS Legend
(semi low-floor)
4700-4789 New York City Transit EPA 2013 Cummins ISL-9
and Allison B400R Gen V
2012-
2013
Millennium Transit Services
RTS Express (single-door suburban)
2500-2589 New York City Transit EPA 2010 Cummins ISL-9
and Allison B400R Gen IV
2012-
2013
Daimler Commercial Buses
Orion VII Third Generation
(07.501, semi low-floor, CNG)
570-643 MTA Bus Company Cummins ISL-G
and Allison B400R Gen V
  • Contract was for 74 CNG buses with an option of 30 additional buses.
  • Order cancelled because Orion closed and folded. The order was transferred to New Flyer Industries as New Flyer C40LF buses under the same numbers.[11][12]
  • Two buses were built, but were instead purchased by CENTRO in Syracuse and now run as numbers 1271-1272.

MTA Bus (inherited buses)[edit]

This list only includes buses that were scheduled to be inherited by MTA Bus. All buses were 40 feet long and 102 in (2.59 m) wide unless noted otherwise in the "Notes" column.[13]

Built before 1990[edit]

Year Builder and
model name
Numbers Retired Pictures
(under MTA Bus)
Handicapped/disabled access Notes
1982 General Motors Diesel Division Buses
New Look (S8H-5304M) suburban
1481-1505 (1481, 1502) 2005 None available X mark.svg
  • Formerly operated under New York Bus Service.
  • Buses were 96 in (2.44 m) wide.
  • Powertrain package: Detroit Diesel series 8V71N engine and Allison V730 transmission
  • Buses were expected to be renumbered to 7286-7310. Ran for only one day under MTA Bus, and were retired the following day upon delivery of the MCI D4500CLs.
All of the GMC RTS buses listed below had Detroit Diesel series 6V92TA engines and Allison V730 transmissions.
1984 General Motors Corporation
RTS-04 (T8J-204)
1837, 1856 2007 MTA Bus GMC RTS 1837.jpg Yes check.svg
  • A bus that would have been renumbered to 4220 (Green Bus Lines 10001) never ran for MTA Bus and is preserved.
  • Former operators:
  • 1110-1136, 1191: Jamaica Buses
  • 1837-1839: Green Bus Lines (originally New York City Transit 3503, 4163, 4165, respectively)
  • 1848-1850, 1856-1857: Triboro Coach (originally New York City Transit 3972, 4115, 4218, 3474, 3893, respectively)
  • 4221-4265, 4277, 5835-5857, 5879, 8582: Green Bus Lines
  • 7050-7094: Triboro Coach
  • 1837 & 1857 had suburban/coach seating.
1985-
1987
1110-1136, 1191,
1838-1839, 1848-1850, 1857,
4221-4265, 5835-5857, 5879,
7050-7094, 8582
MTA Bus GMC RTS 7093.jpg
MTA Bus GMC RTS 1136.jpg
MTA Bus GMC RTS 1848.jpg
MTA Bus GMC RTS 5838.jpg
1985 General Motors Corporation
RTS-04 (T8J-604)
318-328, 1197-1199,
4266-4276, 4278-4283, 4297
MTA Bus GMC RTS 322.jpg
MTA Bus GMC RTS 1197.jpg
MTA Bus GMC RTS 4281.jpg
Yes check.svg
  • Originally 96 buses ordered by NYCDOT for three operators (Steinway Transit, Queens Transit/Surface, and Command Bus).
    • The Steinway Transit units were transferred to Queens Surface in 1988.
    • All buses not originally operated by Command Bus were retired by 2001.
  • Buses were 96 in (2.44 m) wide.
  • Former operators:
  • 318-328: Command Bus
  • 1197-1199: Jamaica Buses (originally Command Bus)
  • 4266-4276, 4278-4283, 4297: Green Bus Lines (originally Command Bus)
1986 General Motors Corporation
RTS-06 (T8J-206)
1137-1153, 1200,
1840-1842, 1851, 1858,
5858-5878, 7095-7121
MTA Bus GMC RTS 1142.jpg
MTA Bus GMC RTS 1841.jpg
MTA Bus GMC RTS 5861.jpg
MTA Bus GMC RTS 7102.jpg
Yes check.svg
  • Former operators:
  • 1137-1153, 1200: Jamaica Buses
  • 1840-1842: Green Bus Lines (originally New York City Transit 4320, 4451, 4552, respectively)
  • 1851, 1858: Triboro Coach Corporation (originally New York City Transit 4548, 4486, respectively)
  • 5858-5862: Green Bus Lines (5858-5862 originally Jamaica Buses)
  • 7080-7121: Triboro Coach
1986 General Motors Corporation
RTS-06 (T8J-606)
1154–1163,
4284-4296, 4299
MTA Bus GMC RTS 1162.jpg
MTA Bus GMC RTS 4286.jpg
Yes check.svg
  • Originally 68 buses ordered by NYCDOT for three operators (Steinway Transit, Queens Transit, and Command Bus).
    • The Steinway Transit units were transferred to Queens Surface in 1988.
    • All buses not originally operated by Command Bus were retired by 2001.
  • Buses were 96 in (2.44 m) wide.
  • Former operators:
  • 1154-1163: Jamaica Buses, (originally Command Bus)
  • 4284-4296, 4298-4299: Green Bus Lines, (originally Command Bus)
1987-
1988
Transportation Manufacturing Corporation
RTS-06 (T8J-206)
1843-1847, 1852-1855 MTA Bus GMC RTS 1855.jpg Yes check.svg
  • Originally New York City Transit 4844, 4849, 4877, 4886, 4763, 4799, 4805, 4883, respectively.
  • Former operators:
  • 1843-1846: Green Bus Lines
  • 1852-1855: Triboro Coach
  • 1845, 1846, and 1855 had coach seating.
All of Motor Coach Industries Classic buses listed below had Detroit Diesel series 6V92TA engines and Allison V-731 ATEC transmissions.
1988 Motor Coach Industries
Classic (SC40-102A)
single-door suburban
329-379, 1164-1170
5880-5881, 7122-7147
7314-7406, 7417-7422,
7820-7895, 9796-9826
(7825→Liberty Lines Express 3006)
2007 MTA Bus MCI Classic 352.jpg
MTA Bus MCI Classic 1164.jpg
MTA Bus MCI Classic 7344.jpg
MTA Bus MCI Classic 7360.jpg
MTA Bus MCI Classic 7397.jpg
MTA Bus MCI Classic 7833.jpg
MTA Bus MCI Classic 7868.jpg
X mark.svg
  • All units had coach seating.
  • Former operators:
      • 7397-7406 originally from Command Bus
      • 7417-7420 originally from Triboro Coach; 7417-7418 transferred to Green Bus Lines
      • 7421-7422 originally from Green Bus Lines
      • 9823-9826 originally from Liberty Lines Express
  • The buses that would have been renumbered to 1166 and 5880 were written off prior to renumbering.[14]
  • 7400 (ex-New York Bus Service 1691 & originally Command Bus 450) also survives, but with a private owner.
1989 7407-7416, 7896-7905 2008 MTA Bus MCI Classic 7901.jpg Yes check.svg
1989 Motor Coach Industries
Classic (TC40-102A)
transit
1171, 5882-5893 2007 MTA Bus MCI Classic 1171.jpg
MTA Bus MCI Classic 5884.jpg
MTA Bus MCI Classic 5887.jpg
X mark.svg
  • All units had two doors for use on local or express bus routes.
  • 1171 and 5891 received hard seats after takeover.
  • Former operators:
  • 1171: Jamaica Buses
  • 5882-5893: Green Bus Lines

Built since 1990[edit]

These buses were wheelchair-accessible.

Year Builder and
model name
Numbers Retired Pictures
(under MTA Bus)
Powertrain
engine, transmission or propulsion system
Notes
1993-
1994
Transportation Manufacturing Corporation
RTS-06 (T80-206) CNG
681-707, 754, 7150-7173
(682→Command Bus 4904)
2006–2007 MTA Bus TMC RTS 702.jpg
MTA Bus TMC RTS 754.jpg
MTA Bus TMC RTS 7167.jpg
  • Cummins L10G (CNG fuel) (see notes)[15][16]
  • ZF Ecomat HP590C
  • All others were purchased by the NYCDOT and formerly operated by:
  • 681-707: Command Bus
  • 754 (ex-4978): Command Bus (originally New York City Transit 8567)
  • 7150-7173: Triboro Coach
  • 681-683, 685-701, 703-707 had coach seating.
  • Originally purchased by the MTA New York City Transit. However, since the MTA's Jackie Gleason Depot fast-fill facility was not ready in time, all except one bus was redistributed to the City of New York for franchised private-operated service. (see 8567)
  • Some Ex-Command Bus units were equipped with Detroit Diesel 50G engines.[17]
Transportation Manufacturing Corporation
RTS-06 (T80-206)
1172–1190, 1192-1196
5898-5937, 5988-5999
7148-7149, 7174-7213
9700-9795
(5904→Queens Surface 275,
5999→Jamaica Buses 3865)
2010 MTA Bus TMC 1190.jpg
  • Detroit Diesel series 50
  • Allison VR-731 ATEC
  • Originally purchased by the NYCDOT for four operators:[13]
    • 1172-1190, 1192–1196, 5988-5999: Jamaica Buses (1192-1196 originally Green Lines, 5988-5999 originally Queens Surface)
    • 5898-5937: Green Lines (5898-5904 originally Queens Surface)
    • 7148-7149, 7174-7213: Triboro Coach (7148-7149 originally Green Lines)
    • 9700-9795: Queens Surface
  • 7174-7184 were originally powered by methanol.
  • The buses that would have been renumbered to 5920, 5925, 9727, 9733, and 9782 were written off prior to renumbering.[18]
1997 Orion Bus Industries
05.501
5938-5987 2011-2012 MTA Bus Company Orion V 5963.jpg
  • Detroit Diesel series 50
  • Allison World B400R Gen III
  • Purchased from a rejected WMATA order by the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT).
  • All units were formerly operated by Green Lines, and 5982-5987 were originally operated by Queens Surface before being transferred to Green Lines.[13]
  • The bus that would have been renumbered to 5956 was written off prior to renumbering.[18]
1998 Orion Bus Industries
05.501 (CNG)
708-750, 7214-7273, 9932-9999 2011-2013 MTA Bus Orion V CNG 9999.jpg
  • Detroit Diesel series 50G (CNG fuel)
  • Allison B-400R WTEC Gen III
  • 708 was a demonstrator bus built in 1997.
  • Originally purchased by the NYCDOT for three operators:[13]
  • All units were originally equipped with coach seating.
  • Most ex-Queens Surface units featured hard transit seating.
  • 9999 was renumbered to 8582 in 2010.
  • The bus that would have been renumbered to 745 was written off prior to renumbering.
1999 751, 7274-7285,
8568-8581, 9827-9899,
9901-9931
2011-2014 MTA NYC Orion 5 Q65 bus.JPG
1999 Orion Bus Industries
05.501 (single-door suburban)
5894-5897 2010 MTA Bus Orion 5896.jpg
  • Detroit Diesel series 50
  • Allison B-400R WTEC Gen III
  • Originally purchased by the NYCDOT for New York Bus Service
    • Eventually transferred to Green Bus Lines,[13] and then to MTA Bus following takeover.
    • Transferred to New York City Bus in 2009 for X32 service.
    • Retired without replacements when the X32 was discontinued in June 2010.
  • 5895-5897 survive as NYPD 983199-983399.
2002 Motor Coach Industries
D4500 (commuter coach)
7423-7428 2015-2017 MTA Bus MCI D4501.jpg
  • Detroit Diesel series 60
  • Allison B-500R WTEC Gen III
  • Originally purchased by the NYCDOT for New York Bus Service
    • Renumbered to 2925-2930 in mid-2015 due to incoming buses using numbers 7423-7428.
  • Only 2926 remains in service.

Metropolitan Suburban Bus Authority and Long Island Bus[edit]

Built before 1966[edit]

Year Builder and
model name
Length and Width Numbers Previous operator(s)
1960 General Motors
New Look TDH-4517
35 ft (10.67 m) • 96 in (2.4 m) 306, 316, 565
  • 123-126: Rockville Centre
  • 207-211: Stage Coach
  • 306-307: Schenck Transportation
  • 316, 318, 322-323: Utility Lines
  • 408-411: Hempstead Transportation
  • 565-570: Bee Line
1961 123-126, 207-211, 307, 318, 408-411, 566-570
1962 322-323
1960 General Motors
New Look TDH-5302
40 ft (12.19 m) • 96 in (2.44 m) 457-466
  • Schenck Transportation
    (originally 410-419)
1961 General Motors
New Look TDH-5302
40 ft (12.19 m) • 96 in (2.44 m) 150, 404-407, 467-470, 626-634
  • 72-74: Jerusalem Avenue Bus
  • 150: Rockville Centre
  • 404-407, 414-415: Hempstead Transportation
  • 456, 467-474, 600-602: Schenck Transportation
    (originally 408, 424, and 426-428; 467-470 originally 420-423))
    • 474 was renumbered to 1000 after being cut down to 30 feet.
  • 626-644: Bee Line
  • 321: Utility Lines
1962 72-74, 321, 414-415, 456, 471-474, 600-602, 635-644
1961 571-580
  • NYC Transit
    (formerly 1093, 1059, 1086, 1017, 1057, 1070, 1081, 1055, 1023, and 1108)
1963 General Motors
New Look TDH-4519
35 ft (10.67 m) • 96 in (2.44 m) 325
  • 127-128: Rockville Centre
  • 300-305: Schenck Transportation
  • 325, 327: Utility Lines
1964 300-305
1965 127-128, 327
1963 General Motors
New Look TDH-5302
40 ft (12.19 m) • 96 in (2.44 m) 158-159
  • Schenck Transportation
    (originally 150 and 152)
1963 General Motors
New Look TDH-5304
40 ft (12.19 m) • 96 in (2.44 m) 75-78, 416-419, 475-478, 496, 645-649
  • 75-78: Jerusalem Avenue Bus
  • 416-419: Hempstead Transportation
  • 475-478, 496: Schenck Transportation
    (originally 429-432 and 151)
  • 645-649: Bee Line
1964 Flxible
New Look FD6V-401-1
40 ft (12.19 m) • 96 in (2.44 m) 700-701
  • Bee-Line
1964 General Motors
New Look TDH-5304
40 ft (12.19 m) • 96 in (2.44 m) 420-423, 494-495, 603-605, 620-621, 650-659
  • 420-423: Hempstead Transportation
  • 494-495, 603-605, 620-621: Schenck Transportation
    (494-495 originally 409 and 606; 620-621 originally 607-608)
  • 650-659: Bee Line
1965 General Motors
New Look TDH-5303
40 ft (12.19 m) • 102 in (2.59 m) 500-506
  • MaBSTOA
    (originally 6483, 6485-6486, 6493, 6582, and 6688-6689)
1965 General Motors
New Look TDH-5304
40 ft (12.19 m) • 96 in (2.44 m) 660-668
  • Bee Line

Built between 1966 and 1979[edit]

Year Builder and
model name
Length and Width Numbers Previous operator(s)
(if not MSBA/Long Island Bus)
1966 General Motors
New Look TDH-5304
40 ft (12.19 m) • 96 in (2.44 m) 151-154, 157, 160-162, 424-427, 670-674
  • 151-154, 157: Rockville Centre
  • 160-162: Schenck Transportation
    (originally 153-155)
  • 424-427: Hempstead Transportation
  • 670-674: Bee Line
  • Retired in 1989.
1966 General Motors
New Look SDM-5302 suburban
40 ft (12.19 m) • 96 in (2.44 m) 703
  • Bee Line
  • Retired in 1989.
1967 General Motors
New Look TDH-5304
40 ft (12.19 m) • 96 in (2.44 m) 82-83, 479-488, 675-684
  • 82-83: Jerusalem Avenue Bus
  • 479-488: Schenck Transportation
    (originally 433-442)
  • 675-684: Bee Line
  • Retired in 1989.
1967 General Motors
New Look SDM-5302 suburban
40 ft (12.19 m) • 96 in (2.44 m) 702
  • Bee Line
  • Retired in 1987.
1968 General Motors
New Look T6H-5306A
40 ft (12.19 m) • 96 in (2.44 m) 100-102, 428-431, 622-625, 694-698
  • 100-102, 622-625: Schenck Transportation
    (622-625 originally 609-612)
  • 428-431: Hempstead Transportation
  • 694-698: Bee Line
  • Retired in 1987.
1968 General Motors
New Look T6H-5306N
40 ft (12.19 m) • 96 in (2.44 m) 214, 328-329, 685-693
  • 214: Stage Coach
  • 328-329: Utility Lines
  • 685-693: Bee Line
  • Retired in 1989.
1969 40 ft (12.19 m) • 96 in (2.44 m) 215, 330-331, 489-493
  • 215: Stage Coach
  • 330-331: Utility Lines
  • 489-493: Schenck Transportation
    (originally 443-447)
  • Retired in 1988.
1970 Flxible
New Look 111CC-D5-1
40 ft (12.19 m) • 102 in (2.59 m) 507-511
  • MaBSTOA
    (originally 4600, 4688, 4670, 4606-4607)
  • Retired in 1990.
1970 Flxible
New Look 111CD-D5-1
40 ft (12.19 m) • 96 in (2.44 m) 432-451, 669, 699, 704-705, 712-718
  • 432-451: Hempstead Transportation
  • 669, 699, 704-705: Stage Coach
    (originally 665-668)
  • 712-718: Schenck Transportation
    (718 originally 711)
  • Retired in 1990.
1969 General Motors
New Look T6H-5308A
40 ft (12.19 m) • 96 in (2.44 m) 155-156, 332-333
  • 155-156: Rockville Centre
  • 332-333: Utility Lines
  • Retired in 1990.
1973 General Motors
New Look T6H-5310A
40 ft (12.19 m) • 102 in (2.59 m) 105-112
  • Retired in 1991.
1973 General Motors
New Look S8H-5304A suburban
40 ft (12.19 m) • 96 in (2.44 m) 113-122 (117)
  • Retired in 1991.
1973–1977 Flxible
New Look 53102-6-1
40 ft (12.19 m) • 102 in (2.59 m) 350-399
  • Retired in 1993-1994.
  • NYC Transit
    (see note 1 below)
1974 General Motors
New Look T6H-5308A
40 ft (12.19 m) • 96 in (2.44 m) 800-849
  • Retired in 1991.
1978 Flxible
New Look 53096-8-1
40 ft (12.19 m) • 96 in (2.44 m) 850-902
  • Retired in 1995.
NOTE:
  1. The original numbers for this order were (in order): 7325, 7188, 7160, 7036, 7914, 7707, 7314, 7358, 7313, 7173, 7030, 7130, 7789, 7348, 7844, 7026, 7830, 7193, 7861, 7328, 7137, 7187, 7886, 7151, 7194, 7733, 7902, 7903, 7712, 7872, 7883, 7538, 7593, 7882, 7574, 7888, 7524, 7038, 7881, 7916, 7934, 7318, 7168, 7892, 7190, 7104, 7066, 7890, 7569, and 7062.

Built 1980 and later[edit]

From 1981 on, all buses for Long Island Bus were equipped with wheelchair lifts.

Year Builder and
model name
Length and Width Numbers Year retired
1981 Grumman Flxible
870-A 53102-8-1
40 ft (12.19 m) • 102 in (2.59 m) 750-799, 925-999 1999-2000
1984 Flxible
Metro-A 40102-6T
PA1000-PA1033 2000, 2005
1985–1986
(see note 7 below)
Neoplan USA
Lit'l Bus
30 ft (9.14 m) • 96 in (2.44 m) 300-305 1998
1988 Gillig
Phantom 35TB102
35 ft (10.67 m) • 102 in (2.59 m) 500-519 2000
1988 Gillig
Phantom 40TB102
40 ft (12.19 m) • 102 in (2.59 m) 520-561 2000-2001
1990 Ontario Bus Industries
Orion V 05.501
579-599 2003-2004
1991 600-655
(see note 1 below)
2004-2005, 2009
1992 Bus Industries of America
Orion V 05.501 CNG
656-666 summer 2004
1995–1996 Thomas
school bus
Unknown 707-710, 713 2001
1995–1996 Orion Bus Industries
Orion II 02.501 CNG
25.92 ft (7.90 m) • 96 in (2.44 m) 701, 704-706, 711 2001
1996 Orion Bus Industries
Orion V 05.501 CNG
40 ft (12.19 m) • 102 in (2.59 m) 100-105, 109-113, 115-117, and 121-141
(see note 2 below)
2008-2009
1997-1998 143-245
270-287
(see note 3 below)
2009-2011
2000 288-395
(see note 4 below)
2011 (some units); majority sold to NICE (2012)
(retired 2015-2016 under NICE)
2002 Coach and Equipment
Phoenix (Ford E450 chassis)
25 ft (7.62 m) • 91 in (2.31 m) 1800-1801
(see note 6 below)
2010
2004 Coach and Equipment
Condor (International 3200 chassis)
1800-1801
(see note 7 below)
Sold to NICE (2012)
(retired unknown year under NICE)
2004 DaimlerChrysler Commercial Buses
Orion V 05.501 CNG
40 ft (12.19 m) • 102 in (2.59 m) 396-462
(see note 5 below)
Sold to NICE (2012)
(retired 2016-2017 under NICE)
2008-2011 Daimler Commercial Buses Orion VII Next Generation
07.501 (semi-low floor, CNG)
1700-1839 Sold to NICE (2012)
2012 Daimler Commercial Buses Orion VII 3rd Generation/EPA 10
07.501 (semi-low floor, CNG)
1840-1884 Sold to NICE (2012)
(see note 9 below)
Notes:
  1. Four units (601, 607, 617, and 653) were renumbered 1802-1805 in March 2009, but were retired soon after.
  2. 21 units were renumbered 1400-1404 and 1806-1821 in March 2009, but were retired following the delivery of newer buses.
  3. All units except for 221 were renumbered to 1405-1525 in March 2009.
  4. All units except for 303 were renumbered to 1526-1632 in March 2009.
  5. All units were renumbered to 1633-1699 in 2009.
  6. These buses were renumbered 1800-1801 in March 2009, but were retired early in 2010.
  7. Purchased secondhand to replace the Phoenix vans, but removed from fixed-route service following the discontinuation of the N53.
  8. Originally operated by Avis Rent-a-Car
  9. Built to MTA specs and intended to be delivered for Long Island Bus as an option order to the Orion VII Next Generation order, but never operated under the MTA. Delivery transferred to NICE following Transdev takeover.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

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