Golden Touch Transportation

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Golden Touch Transportation was a New York City-based shuttle and charter service provider. It operated the NYC Airporter service under a permit granted by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Downtown Connection under an agreement with the Battery Park-based Downtown Alliance, who terminated their contract with Trans Express after complaints were filed, and the School of Visual Arts shuttle. It used to operate the Columbia University shuttles before Academy Express took over operations.

On June 29, 2020, the company filed a New York State Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN), indicating that it was closing down its plants and furloughing its workers due to unseen circumstances from COVID-19.[1]

Fleet Roster

Coach

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
3603 (2nd) Golden Touch Transportation 3603 (2nd)-a.jpg 2008 Stallion SLC938

Ex-Coachmaster 39.

4910 Renumbered to 5601.
4930 Renumbered to 4931, then 4932.
4931 Renumbered from 4930; Renumbered to 4932.
4932 Golden Touch Transportation 4932-a.jpg 1996 MCI 102-D3
  • Ex-S&S Coach 100.
  • Originally numbered 4930. It was renumbered to 4931, then renumbered to 4932.
5003-5006 Golden Touch Transportation 5003-a.jpg 2008 MCI E4500
5007-5008 Golden Touch Transportation 5007-a.jpg 2008 MCI J4500
5017 Golden Touch Transportation 5017-a.jpg 2011 MCI D4505

Ex-Main Event Transportation 7.

5600S, 5605, 5611-5618, 5620-5621 Golden Touch Transportation 5614-a.jpg 2009 Setra S 417

Ex-Premier Coach Company.

5601 Golden Touch Transportation 5601-a.jpg 2000 MCI 102-EL3

Originally numbered 4910.

5602 Golden Touch Transportation 5602-a.jpg 2011 Setra S 417 TC
5603-5604 Golden Touch Transportation 5603-a.jpg 2014 Setra S 417 TC
5609 Golden Touch Transportation 5609-a.jpg 2011 Setra S 417 TC

Ex-Yankee Line 112.

5610 Golden Touch Transportation 5610-a.jpg 2010 Setra S 417

Ex-Absolute Charters 886.

5619 Golden Touch Transportation 5619-a.jpg 2013 Setra S 407 CC Ex-Silverado Stages 5632.
5623 Golden Touch Transportation 5623-a.jpg 2009 MCI J4500 Ex-Ultimate Arrival.
5627 Golden Touch Transportation 5627-a.jpg 2016 TEMSA TS 45 Ex-Atlantic Limousine & Transportation 555.
5701-5702 Golden Touch Transportation 5702-a.jpg 1998 Van Hool T2145

Used exclusively on the NYC Airporter.

5703-5706 Golden Touch Transportation 5704-a.jpg 2014 Van Hool C2045

Used exclusively on the NYC Airporter.

5707-5708 Golden Touch Transportation 5707-a.jpg 2009 MCI J4500

Used exclusively on the NYC Airporter.

5729 Golden Touch Transportation 5729-a.jpg 2012 Van Hool T2145
6024 2009 Van Hool C2045
35204, 35223, 35234 Golden Touch Transportation 35234-a.jpg 2010 Glaval Apollo
35205 2011 Glaval Apollo
35206 Golden Touch Transportation 35206-a.jpg 2012 Glaval Apollo
35215, 35226 Golden Touch Transportation 35215-a.jpg 2014 Glaval Apollo
35244 Golden Touch Transportation 35244-b.jpg 2015 Glaval Apollo
36207-36208, 36227 ? Stallion SLC938

Possibly renumbered.

36210, 36231, 38242, 40233 Golden Touch Transportation 36231-a.jpg 2008 Stallion SLC938

36231 originally numbered 36230.

36225, 36228, 38248, 38666 Golden Touch Transportation 38248-a.jpg 2007 Stallion SLC938
36230 Renumbered to 36231.
36235, 38231, 40221, 40229 Golden Touch Transportation 38231-a.jpg 2009 Stallion SLC938L
38223-38224, 38232, 38236, 38243, 38247, 40207, 40245-40246 Golden Touch Transportation 40245-a.jpg 2009 Caio G3400
38227, 40220, 40237, 40240 Golden Touch Transportation 40237-a.jpg 2009 Stallion SLC938
38251 Golden Touch Transportation 38251-a.jpg 2016 Grech Motors GM40
40215 Stallion SLC938
40223 Golden Touch Transportation 40223-a.jpg 2014 TEMSA TS 35
40249 Golden Touch Transportation 40249-a.jpg 2008 TEMSA TS 35

Ex-Coastal Georgia Charters.

40250 Golden Touch Transportation 40250-a.jpg 2008 TEMSA TS 35

Ex-Unknown company 282.

40252 2015 Grech Motors GM40

Transit

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
? 2011 International
  • Used at Newark Liberty International Airport.
  • At least 14 units.
? 2016 Freightliner S2
  • Used at Newark Liberty International Airport.
  • At least 15 units.
405, 407, 413-415, 421-422 2011 International

Used at Newark Liberty International Airport.

601-630 Golden Touch Transportation 612-a.jpg 2015 International

Used exclusively on the NYC Airporter.

2001-2007 Golden Touch Transportation 2006-a.jpg 2015 Ford E450

Used exclusively on the Downtown Connection.

2198-2199 Golden Touch Transportation 2199-a.jpg 2011 Ford E450

Used on the Delta Shuttle at JFK Airport.

2801-2803 Golden Touch Transportation 2802-a.jpg 2015 Glaval Bus Entourage
2804 Golden Touch Transportation 2804-a.jpg 2018 Grech Motors GM33
2901 2009 Chevrolet
2951-2953 ?
3101-3125 Golden Touch Transportation 3108-a.jpg ? Gillig Low Floor

Used on the Delta Jitney at JFK Airport.

4005 Golden Touch Transportation 4005-a.jpg 2006 Gillig Low Floor

Ex-Alamo Rent-A-Car.

4201-4220, ? ?

Used at Newark Liberty International Airport.

7012 (2nd) Golden Touch Transportation 7012 (2nd)-a.jpg 2001 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G22D102N4)

Ex-Antelope Valley Transit Authority 321.

8012, 8014 ?
  • Normally used at JFK Airport.
  • 8012 involved in accident during a stint as Downtown Connection shuttle.
8125 Golden Touch Transportation 8125-a.jpg 2017 Grande West Transportation Vicinity 30'
  • Used on the Delta Shuttle at LaGuardia Airport.
  • VIN: 2G9B30AA8HA098188
9022-9023, 9025-9026, 9028 (2nd) 2003 Gillig Low Floor
11001-11012 2018 NFI XD40

Operated on the Delta Jitney at JFK Airport.[2]

11702-11704 Golden Touch Transportation 11702-a.jpg ? Gillig H2000LF
(G22D102N4)

3 units confirmed so far.

25424-25438 1999 Gillig H2000LF
(G22B102N4)
  • Used on the United Airlines shuttle at Newark Liberty International Airport.
  • Known units: 25424-25429, 25434, 25437-25438, 25440.
  • 25428 VIN: 15GGB2219X1070507
  • 25429: Ex-Hertz Corporation 53; VIN: 15GGB221XX1070452
  • Unknown VIN: 15GGB2218X1070515
53010, 990001-990006 Golden Touch Transportation 990004-a.jpg ? Cobus 3000

On Order

Fleet
Number(s)
Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes

Retired

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
204-205, 207, 213-214, 221-224, 233-234, 236, 238, 241 ? Blue Bird CS

205, 233, and 241 were temporarily used on the NYC Airporter in 2011.

220, 237 Golden Touch Transportation 237-a.jpg 2003 Blue Bird CS
  • 220 was temporarily used on the NYC Airporter in 2011.
  • 237 was last seen in 2017.
231-232 Golden Touch Transportation 232-a.jpg 2002 Blue Bird CS

232 was last seen in 2017.

239 2004 Thomas Saf-T-Liner EF

Last seen in College Point.

? 2002 Blue Bird CS

Sold to Van Pool (New Jersey jitney company) as 33.

821 2000 Blue Bird CS

Was used on the Columbia University shuttle.

830 ? Blue Bird C1 FE 2509
835 ? Thomas SLF 230

Was used on the Columbia University shuttle.

837, 839, 843 ? Blue Bird All American FE

Was used on the Delta Shuttle.

844 2003 Blue Bird All American FE

Was used on the Delta Shuttle.

845, 847-848 Golden Touch Transportation 847-a.jpg 2002 Blue Bird C1 FE 2509
852 ? Blue Bird All American FE
910, 930, 950 Golden Touch Transportation 950-a.jpg ? MCI 102-D3
? 1997 MCI 102-D3
2001 (1st) 2010

Was temporarily used on the NYC Airporter in 2011.

2002 (1st) 2008 Ford E450

Was temporarily used on the NYC Airporter in 2011.

2003 (1st) 2008

Was temporarily used on the NYC Airporter in 2011.

2004 (1st) 2010

Was temporarily used on the NYC Airporter in 2011.

2103 ? Diamond Coach VIP 2500

Was temporarily used on the NYC Airporter in 2011.

2106 ?

Was temporarily used on the NYC Airporter in 2011.

2108 ? Ford E450

Was temporarily used on the NYC Airporter in 2011.

2111 2011 Federal Coach Spirit 27

Was temporarily used on the NYC Airporter in 2011.

2701 2002 ElDorado National MST

Was used on the Delta Shuttle.

3001-3005 ? TEMSA TS 35

Was used exclusively on the NYC Airporter.

3201-3229 Golden Touch Transportation 3204-a.jpg 2011 International
  • Were used exclusively on the NYC Airporter.
  • Replaced by the 600 series.
3502, 3506-3507, 3510-3511 Golden Touch Transportation 3511-a.jpg 1988 International RTS-06
(T70-206)
  • 3510 and 3511 were seen at a JFK Airport parking lot. As of 2019, only 3510 is still at that parking lot.
3503-3505, 3508-3509 ? International RTS-06
(T70-206)
3513 1990 Flxible Metro "B"
(35096-6T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731
3601 (1st) 2006 Thomas Saf-T-Liner HDX

Sold to Fuji Express (a New Jersey jitney company) as A25 (License plate OYB1353).

3522, 3601 (2nd), 3610, 3621, 3623, 3632, 3640, 3660 MCI F3500

3522 spotted with Gio's Travel (Brooklyn based company); possible Golden Touch lease.

3603-3605, 3633, 3641, 3642, 3650, 3652, 3670-3671, 36012 Golden Touch Transportation 3603-a.jpg 2002 MCI F3500 Cummins ISC
  • 3604 suffered burn damage and was scrapped.
  • 3671 temporarily leased to Gio's Travel (Brooklyn based company).
3609, 3624, 3651, 36011, 36013, 36021 Golden Touch Transportation 3609-a.jpg 2001 MCI F3500
  • 36011 originally numbered 3611.
  • 36021 originally numbered 3602.
3683, 36081 Golden Touch Transportation 36081-a.jpg 2003 MCI F3500

36081 originally numbered 3682.

4001-4002 1994 Gillig Phantom
4003-4004 Golden Touch Transportation 4004-a.jpg 1994 Gillig Phantom 40'
(40102TBS50)

Ex-Denver Regional Transportation District 8315 and 8305.

4920 1997 MCI 102-EL3
5626 ? Prevost LeMirage XL
7000, 7002, 7005-7006, 7012-7013 Golden Touch Transportation 7012-a.jpg 1992 Orion Orion V
(05.501)

Ex-Utah Transit Authority 9266, 9273, 9264, 9261, 9255, 9267.

7007, 7009 1992 Orion Orion V
(05.501)

Ex-Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority 337, 344.

7016 1997 Gillig Gillig Phantom 35'

Ex-The Rapid 204.

7017 1997 Nova Bus RTS-06
(T70-206)

Ex-Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority 9759.

? 1992 Orion Orion V
(05.501)
? 1992 Orion Orion V
(05.501)
? 1997 Gillig Gillig Phantom 35'

Unit with license plate 61620BA was ex-The Rapid 210.

? 1997 Nova Bus RTS-06
(T70-206)

Unit with license plate 61623BA was ex-Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority 9726.

? 1994 Gillig Phantom 40'
(40102TBS50)
8220 Golden Touch Transportation 8220-a.jpg ? Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G26E102R2)
8300, 8320, 8450, 8460, 8480 Golden Touch Transportation 8480-a.jpg 1999 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G26E102R2)
  • Ex-Avis Rent A Car.
  • 8300 VIN: 15GGE2616Y1090278
  • 8320 VIN: 15GGE2618Y1090279
  • 8450 VIN: 15GGE2612X1090275
  • 8460 VIN: 15GGE2614Y1090277
  • 8480 VIN: 15GGE2610X1090274
9001, 9004 Golden Touch Transportation 9004-a.jpg 1999 Gillig Low Floor

Was used on the NYC Airporter in 2011.

9003, 9005-9006 1998 Gillig Low Floor

Was used on the NYC Airporter in 2011.

9021-9026 (1st) 1991 New Flyer D40LF

Ex-Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

9027-9028 (1st) 1998 New Flyer D35LF

Ex-Charlottesville Area Transit 822.

? ? Ford E450
  • Sold to a New Jersey jitney company, possible Galaxy Towers Inc.
  • Numbers 08 and 227 were seen.
  • Last seen on Randall's Island on October 28, 2016.


External Links

  • WARN Details, New York State Labor of Department. Dated June 29, 2020, retrieved on December 9, 2020.
  • Golden Touch Transportation expands Delta’s JFK Shuttles with an order from New Flyer, New Flyer Industries. Dated February 22, 2018, retrieved on February 23, 2018.