Green Bus Lines

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Green Bus Lines was a private bus company in New York City that operated local service in Queens and express service to Manhattan. It was taken over by the MTA in 2006.

Recent history

Since the 1930s, private companies like Green Bus Lines had franchise agreements with the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) to operate bus service in certain areas. The companies began receiving subsidies in the 1970s to continue operation. The fares were set by the NYCDOT, and by 2004, the NYCDOT owned the buses and two depots.[1] Amid rising costs and declining customer satisfaction, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor George Pataki announced in April 2004 that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) would take over management and operation of the private bus services.[2]

Following extended and challenging negotiations, the MTA and Green Bus Lines came to an agreement on transition. On January 9, 2006, the MTA assumed Green Bus Lines' operations.[3] A number of buses and 20 local and exqpress routes were transferred to the newly created MTA Bus division.

All-Time Roster

Fleet Number Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
(235 coaches) Unknown Unknown Unknown
  • Formerly independently owned
  • Retired by 1935
(15 coaches) 1933 Brockway C
(50 coaches) 1933 Indiana 14C
(4 coaches) 1933 Mack 6-CL-3S
(7 coaches) 1935 Mack 6-CG-3S
(1 coach) 1934 Indiana 16
(1 coach) 1935 Indiana 16
(1 coach) Unknown Indiana 16
10 1931 Mack 6-BT-3S
11 1932 Mack 6-BT-3S
19-21 1935 White 684
22 1936 White 684
101-130 1937 Mack 6-CT-3S
101-115 1954 GMC TDH-4512
101-145 1968 GMC T6H-5305A
101, 103, 105,
107, 111, 115, 122,
131, 134-135
1980 Grumman Flxible 870
40102-8-1
151-160 1959 GMC TDH-5106
146-160 1970 GMC T6H-5305A
161-170 1972 GMC T6H-5307A
171-190 1974 GMC T6H-5307A
191, 193,
195, 197-1
1970 Flxible 111DD-D5
201-210 1946 GMC TD-4506
201-210 1971 Flxible 111CC-D5-1
211-220 1972 Flxible 111CC-D05-1
216-1 1966 GMC TDH-5304
222-268,
270-292
Green Bus Lines 290-a.jpg 1985 GMC RTS-04
(T8J-204)
  • Owned by the City of New York
  • 239 renumbered 649, 1998
  • 222-268, 270-292 transferred to MTA Bus & numbered 4221-4265, 5835-5857
226-1, 235-1 Green Bus Lines 235-1-a.jpg 1967 GMC TDH-5304
237-1 1968 GMC T6H-5306A
249-1 1972 GMC T6H-5308A
258-1, 259-1,
261-1, 264-1,
267-1
1974 GMC T6H-5308A
298-1 1968 GMC T6H-5305A
301-310 1949 GMC TDH-4507
301-312 1976 GMC T6H-5307A
301-1 to 310-1 1979 GMC RTS-03
(T8H-203)
311-345 1950 GMC TDH-4509
351-365 1952 GMC TDH-5104
350-364 1979 GMDD T8H-5307A
G400-G419,
G423-G446
1933 Mack 6-BC-3S
401-420 1960 GMC TDH-5301
G420-G422 1933 Mack 6-AB-3S
421-430 (1st) 1961 GMC TDH-5301
415-418,
421-430,
432, 438-439
1970 Flxible 111DD-D5
436 1968 GMC T6H-5306A
G447 1933 Mack 6-CL-3S
G475-G500 1934 Brockway Unknown
501-535 1935 Mack 6-CX-3S
501-510 1962 GMC TDH-5301
511-530 1963 GMC TDH-5303
531-540 1964 GMC TDH-5301
544-549 1979 Grumman Flxible 870
53102-8-1
550-589 1980 Grumman Flxible 870
53102-8-1
590-591 1984 Flxible 40102-6N
592 1984 Flxible 40102-6C
601-635 1937 Mack 6-CT-3S
601-610 1964 GMC TDH-5303
601-622, 648 Green Bus Lines 613-a.jpg 1986 GMC RTS-06
(T8J-206)
  • Owned by the City of New York
  • 601-606 originally built for Jamaica Buses as #568-573
  • 609 renumbered 648
  • 602-608, 610-622 transferred to MTA Bus & numbered 5858-5877
603-1 to 604-1,
606-1 to 609-1
1976 GMC T6H-5307A
614-1 1974 GMC T6H-5307A
623-635,
640, 651-652
Green Bus Lines 625-a.jpg 1986 GMC RTS-06
(T8J-606)
  • Owned by the City of New York
  • Ex-Command Bus Company 408, 407, 411, 401, 412, 409, 414-415, 410, 413, 418, 417, 420, 419, 404-405
  • 623-635 & 640 acquired 1989
  • 651-652 acquired 1998
  • 623-635, 651-652 transferred to MTA Bus & numbered 4284-4296, 4298-4299
630-1 to 636-1 1979 GMC RTS-03
(T8H-203)
636-639,
641-647,
650, 655-659
Green Bus Lines 637-a.jpg 1985 GMC RTS-04
(T8J-604)
  • Owned by the City of New York
  • Ex-Command Bus Company 387, 394, 388, 384, 393, 391, 386, 390, 385, 392, 389, 383, 366-367, 378, 384, 382
  • 636-639 & 641-647 acquired 1989
  • 650 acquired 1998
  • 655-659 acquired 1999
  • 636, 637-639, 641-647, 650, 655-659 transferred to MTA Bus & numbered 4297, 4266-4268, 4270-4276, 4278-4283
653-654 1986 GMC RTS-06
(T8J-206)
Methanol
649 1985 GMC RTS-04
(T8J-204)
  • Owned by the City of New York
  • Formerly numbered 239, renumbered 1998
  • Transferred to MTA Bus & numbered 4277
701-735 1938 Mack CT-3G
701-710 1965 GMC TDH-5303
701-718 Green Bus Lines 714-a.jpg 1989 MCI Classic
(TC40-102A)
  • Owned by the City of New York
  • 701-704, 717-718 equipped with single door
  • 717-718 ex-Triboro Coach Corporation 768 & 780, acquired 1999
  • 703-704 & 717-718 to New York Bus Service & numbered 1715-1716 & 1711-1712 in 2000.
  • 702, 705-716, 703-704, 717-718 transferred to MTA Bus & numbered 5881-5893, 7421-7422, 7417-7418
719-722 1999 OBI 05.501
753-1, 754-1 1974 GMC T6H-5307A
801-825 1939 Mack CM-3G
801-810 1966 GMC TDH-5303
811-835 1967 GMC TDH-5303
823, 825,
827-829
1970 Flxible 111DD-D5
851-860 1940 Mack CM-3G
856-1 1968 GMC T6H-5305A
873-1, 880-1 1969 GMC T6H-5305A
901-925 1946 GMC TD-4506
901, 904 1953 GMC TDH-5106
902-903,
907-913
1955 GMC TDH-5106
  • Ex-Jamaica Buses 603, 609, 611, 608, 604, 612, 610, 607, 605
  • Acquired 1978
905-906 1958 GMC TDH-5106
914-918 1960 GMC TDH-5302
911, 916, 918 1964 GMC TDH-5303
906-1,
911-1 to 913-1
1970 GMC T6H-5305A
926-950 1947 GMC TDH-4507
951 1948 GMC TDH-4507
  • Ex-NYCTA 2091
  • Acquired 1968
952 1948 GMC TDH-4510
  • Ex-NYCTA 4046
  • Acquired 1968
953 1948 GMC TDH-5101
  • Ex-NYCTA 4576
  • Acquired 1968
951, 953, 959 1967 GMC TDH-5303
970,
972-973, 975
1968 GMC T6H-5305A
971-1 to 980-1 1976 GMC T8H-5307A
1001 1978 GMC RTS-03
(TH8-603)
  • Demonstrator; later returned.
1001-1015 Green Bus Lines 1006-a.jpg 1979 GMC RTS-03
(T8H-203)
1101 Green Bus Lines 1101-a.jpg 1984 GMC RTS-04
(T8J-204)
  • Ex-NYCTA 3503
  • Acquired 2004
  • Transferred to MTA Bus & numbered 1837
1102-1104 1985 GMC RTS-04
(T8J-204)
  • Ex-NYCTA 4163, 4165, 4320
  • Acquired 2004
  • Transferred to MTA Bus & numbered 1838-1840
1105-1106 1986 GMC RTS-06
(T8J-206)
  • Ex-NYCTA 4451, 4552
  • Acquired 2004
  • Transferred to MTA Bus & numbered 1841-1842
1107-1111 Green Bus Lines 1107-a.jpg 1987 TMC RTS-06
(T8J-206)
  • Ex NYCTA 4844, 4849, 4877, 4886, 4763
  • Acquired 2004
  • Transferred to MTA Bus & numbered 1843-1846
1143-1189 Green Bus Lines 1157-a.jpg 1993 TMC RTS-06
(T8J-206)
1207-1210 1964 GMC TDH-5304
1215-1223 1966 GMC TDH-5304
1224, 1235 1967 GMC TDH-5304
1227-1228 1967 GMC SDM-5302
1236-1237 1968 GMC T6H-5306A
1238-1240 1969 GMC T8H-5306A
1291-1296 1967 GMC TDH-5303
1297-1298 1968 GMC T6H-5305A
5501-5550 Green Bus Lines 5516-a.jpg 1997 OBI 05.501
10001 Green Bus Lines 10001-a.jpg 1985 GMC RTS-04
(T8J-204)
  • Owned by the City of New York
  • Preserved by the NYCTA

References

  1. Private Buses, Public Subsidies: Will New York Continue to Ride With the Current Franchise Deal?. May 2002. New York City Independant Budget Office.
  2. Steinhauer, Jennifer. M.T.A. Agrees To Manage Private Buses In the City. 20 April 2004. New York Times. Web.
  3. Mayor Bloomberg Announces Mta Takeover Of Green Bus Lines. Press release. 08 January 2006.
  • Bromberger, Alan, "Green Bus Lines," Motor Coach Age, October-December 2000