Command Bus Company

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The Command Bus Company was a private bus company in New York City, United States, operating local service in Brooklyn and express service to Manhattan (including one route via Queens) until December 5, 2005, when the MTA Bus Company took over its routes.

Jerome Cooper was the president of the company. Its facility was located at 12755 Flatlands Avenue (east of Crescent Street) in the Spring Creek neighborhood of Brooklyn.[1]

History

The Pioneer Bus Corporation was formed in 1954 by three small school bus and charter bus operators. Until 1960, when it obtained a franchise for the current B100, it only operated school, charter, and racetrack buses. Several express buses were implemented in 1972.

The new Command Bus Company (incorporated October 22, 1979) took over the Pioneer routes after a long strike.[2]

Routes

Command operated the following routes, which after the MTA takeover continued to be operated out of the Spring Creek Bus Depot:

Brooklyn local

  • B100 Fillmore
  • B103 Canarsie Limited

Express

  • BM1 Mill Basin
  • BM2 Canarsie
  • BM3 Sheepshead Bay
  • BM4 Gerritsen Beach
  • BM5 (formerly BQM1) Starrett City

In the mid-1990s, Command operated "Gotham Flyer" service, using unfilled buses to carry express passengers between Midtown and Wall Street.[3]

All-Time Roster[4]

Buses acquired from Pioneer Bus Corporation

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
200-206 1960 GMC TDH-5301
207-210 1964 GMC TDH-5304
211-212 1964 GMC SDM-5302
213-214 1965 GMC SDM-5302
215-218 1966 GMC TDH-5304
219-223 1966 GMC TDH-5304
224-226 1967 GMC TDH-5304
227-228 1967 GMC SDM-5302
229-233 1968 GMC T6H-5306A
234-235 1967 GMC TDH-5304
236-237 1968 GMC T6H-5306A
238-240 1969 GMC T8H-5306A
241-250 1972 GMC T6H-5308A
251-270 1974 GMC T6H-5308A
271-287 1978 GMC P8M-4905A

Buses bought new by Command Bus Company

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
351-356 1984 GMC RTS-04 (T8J-604)
357-394 Command 368-a.JPG 1985 GMC RTS-04 (T8J-604)
  • Owned by the City of New York
395-420 1986 GMC RTS-06 (T8J-606)
  • Owned by the City of New York
421-461 Command 455.jpg 1988 MCI TC40-102A
901-902 Command 902-901-a.jpg 1988 Orion I CNG (01.509)
4903-4931 1993-94 TMC RTS-06 (T80-206)
4932 1997 Orion V CNG (05.501)
4933-4973, 4975 Command 4966-a.jpg 1998 Orion V CNG (05.501)
4974 Command 4974-a.jpg 1999 Orion V CNG (05.501)

Buses bought from other agencies

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
190-199 1970 Flxible 111DD-D5-1
288-290 1962 GMC TDH-5301
291-296 1967 GMC TDH-5303
297-298 1968 GMC T6H-5305A
462-471 Command 462-a.jpg 1988 MCI TC40-102A
472-481 1988 MCI TC40-102A
482-490 1972 GMC T6H-5308A
491 1973 GMC T6H-5308A
492-496 1974 GMC T6H-5308A
499 1989 MCI TC40-102A
606 1970 GMC S8H-5303A
4976-4977 1990 TMC RTS-06 CNG (T80-206)
  • Ex-|NYCMTA]] 8398-8399.
4978 1994 TMC RTS-06 CNG (T80-206)

References