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

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Buses acquired from Pioneer Bus Corporation

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
200-206 1960 GMC TDH-5301 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
207-210 1964 GMC TDH-5304 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
211-212 1964 GMC SDM-5302 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Spicer
213-214 1965 GMC SDM-5302 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Spicer
215-218 1966 GMC TDH-5304 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
219-223 1966 GMC TDH-5304 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
224-226 1967 GMC TDH-5304 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
227-228 1967 GMC SDM-5302 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Spicer
229-233 1968 GMC T6H-5306A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
234-235 1967 GMC TDH-5304 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
236-237 1968 GMC T6H-5306A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
238-240 1969 GMC T8H-5306A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison VS-2
241-250 1972 GMC T6H-5308A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
251-270 1974 GMC T6H-5308A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
271-287 1978 GMC P8M-4905A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V-730
288-290 1962 GMC TDH-5301 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison

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) Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V-730
357-394 Command 368-a.JPG 1985 GMC RTS-04 (T8J-604) Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V-730 Owned by the City of New York
395-420 1986 GMC RTS-06 (T8J-606) Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V-730

Owned by the City of New York

421-461 Command 455.jpg 1988 MCI TC40-102A Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V-731
901-902 Command 902-901-a.jpg 1988 Orion I CNG (01.509) Cummins L10G ZF 4HP-500
4903-4931 1993-94 TMC RTS-06 (T80-206) Cummins L10G ZF 5HP-500
4932 1997 Orion V CNG (05.501) Detroit Diesel Series 50G Allison B400R
4933-4973, 4975 Command 4966-a.jpg 1998 Orion V CNG (05.501) Detroit Diesel Series 50G Allison B400R
4974 Command 4974-a.jpg 1999 Orion V CNG (05.501) Detroit Diesel Series 50G Allison B400R

Buses bought from other agencies

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
190-199 1970 Flxible 111DD-D5-1 Detroit Diesel 6V71N
288-290 1962 GMC TDH-5301 Detroit Diesel Series 71 Allison
291-296 1967 GMC TDH-5303
297-298 1968 GMC T6H-5305A
462-471 Command 462-a.jpg 1988 MCI TC40-102A Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V-731
472-481 1988 MCI TC40-102A Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V-731
482-491 1972 GMC T6H-5308A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
492-496 1974 GMC T6H-5308A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
493-496 1975 GMC T6H-5308A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison Ex-New York Bus Service 1358-1361
499 1989 MCI TC40-102A Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V-731
606 1970 GMC S8H-5303A
4976-4977 1990 TMC RTS-06 CNG (T80-206) Detroit Diesel Series 50G Allison VR-731 Ex-Metropolitan Transportation Authority 8398-8399
4978 1994 TMC RTS-06 CNG (T80-206) Cummins L10G ZF 5HP-500 Ex-Metropolitan Transportation Authority 8567

Demonstrator

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
299 1983 Eagle Model 10S Detroit Diesel Series 92 Allison HT-740

References