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  1. MTA New York City Transit 6751, a 2006 Orion VII Hybrid, is seen here on 57th Street crossing 2nd Avenue in Midtown Manhattan heading east on the M57. The fate of these buses is all but set in stone as a large order for 2021 LFS Hybrids and XDE40s looms in the future and assignments for these new buses were set last week. The M57 and Michael J. Quill depot as a whole will be served by the existing batch of 2018 XD40s and the upcoming 2021 LFS hybrids.
  2. A rare scene in Brooklyn this weekend: MTA New York City Bus 2015 Nova Bus LFS 8161 crosses Church Avenue on the B68 to Coney Island. Due to Jackie Gleason depot having runs on multiple subway shuttles, the Staten Island division was covering additional service on the B68 bus for the Culver Line Signal Modernization project. New Flyer buses dominate Brooklyn and Jackie Gleason depot is 100% New Flyer, running C40LFs, XN40s and XN60s, so LFSes are extremely rare.
  3. The B1 out of Ulmer Park depot has become the MTA's newest articulated bus route as of last week. 28 2012-2013 New Flyer XD60s from Kingsbridge and Gun Hill depots in the Bronx now make service on the line.
  4. The two main faces of transportation on Staten Island are seen here at Eltingville station. 8605, a 2019 Novabus LFS, is on the S79 SBS to the Staten Island Mall and 2616, a 2015 Prevost X3-45, is on the SIM1 to Eltingville Transit Center.
  5. The first two buses, 4950 and 4951, have entered service today. 4950 has plate BC 3997 and 4951 has plate BC 3998 (photos by the MTA)
  6. If there were themes for feature photo submissions, this post's would be the blowing winds of change... First, we have brand new 2019 XE60 4950 traveling down Lexington Avenue at 68th Street about to pass under the Hunter College skybridges on a driver training run. The MTA has three of its 15 XE60s on property and while they've yet to see passenger service, they're earmarked for M14 SBS service on the new highly popular 14th Street busway. Also the MTA began a large fleet swap this Wednesday with Coney Island's R160s being transferred to Jamaica and Jamaica's R46s transferred to Coney Island to support the coming implementation of Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) on the Queens Blvd Line. As it stands now, two R46 sets have been in regular service at Coney Island on the G, N and W lines this week. Seen here are two R46 N trains at 30th Avenue in Astoria, Queens and 8th Avenue in Brooklyn's Chinatown respectively. (I had a very hard time trying to choose between the two images so I'll let the mods pick lol)
  7. Recently reassigned from MTA New York City Bus to MTA Bus as a result of the purchase of new Xcelsiors and the retirement of the remaining RTS's, 2005 Orion VII Hybrid 6545 turns from Woodhaven Blvd onto Queens Blvd while operating on the Q21 route.
  8. An impromptu photo op at Neck Road station of the Brighton line during this year's Parade of Trains event produced this shot of "BU" elevated cars from 1907, R33 World's Fair cars from 1963 (in their original livery) and an in service Alstom R160 (Q) train from 2008.
  9. Ex. Grand River Transit 1998 Orion 06.501 534, now privately owned, takes a spin in the Big Apple and is seen here in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn
  10. Two photos today: MTA New York City Bus 2887, a 2002 Motor Coach Industries D4500, turns off Vesey Street onto West Street in Lower Manhattan after making its last pick up stop at Brookfield Place on an Eltingville bound SIM7 to Staten Island. MTA New York City Bus 4272, a 2009 Orion VII Next Generation Hybrid, travels up Madison Avenue in Murray Hill on a Harlem bound M1. This bus is of note because it was transferred from Staten Island to Mother Clara Hale depot in Select Bus livery and ran in Manhattan with that livery for about two weeks; it is now unwrapped.
  11. A 42nd Street Shuttle train departs Times Square on track one heading east to Grand Central. The MTA has announced that it will undergo a renovation of the shuttle that will make Times Square an ADA accessible station built further east in the tunnel on a straightway and extend shuttle trains to 6 cars. The current platforms at Times Square will be filled in and become part of the transfer passageway to the other parts of the complex and all of track 3 of the shuttle will be abandoned. The first phase of construction begins the night of August 16th with the temporary closure of Track 1.
  12. As part of a rather large turnover of the MTA bus fleet in 2019, the 2010 Novabus LFSA's that served the M15 Select Bus Service since its inception are being displaced back into local service. The first two photos are of 1244, which has been transferred to Tuskegee Airmen Depot and is seen running southbound on Lexington Avenue as an M101 to 6th Street in the East Village. The third photo is of the replacements for the 2010 LFSAs; 2019 XD60s from New Flyer. 6144 is seen here heading south on Pearl Street to South Ferry.
  13. The MTA's rehabilitation project on the Sea Beach line in Brooklyn finally concluded on July 1st. Seen here is a train of R68A cars on a Manhattan bound N train at 8th Avenue
  14. 1. A Staten Island Railway train, made up of R44 cars, approaches Eltingville station on its way to St. George Ferry 2. 8606, a 2019 LFS travels south on Richmond Avenue on an extended S59 trip to Tottenville 3. 4691, a 2010 Orion VII Next Gen recently transferred to Manhattan from Queens in the wake of the RTS's retirement, heads south on 7th Avenue on the M20 to South Ferry.
  15. Here's a few submissions featuring the newest members of the MTA fleet: 1. 6128, a 2019 XD60, rests at South Ferry after completing a southbound trip on the M15-SBS 2. 8565, a 2019 LFS, turns on 181st Street in Washington Heights as it begins a northbound trip on the Bx3 to Riverdale 3. 8577, also a 2019 LFS, exits the Eltingville Transit Center on the S79 heading to the Staten Island Mall.
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