Queens Surface Corporation

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Queens Surface Corporation was a bus company in New York City, United States, operating local service in Queens and the Bronx and express service between Queens and Manhattan until February 27, 2005, when the MTA Bus Company took over the operations.[1]

History

Queens-Nassau Transit Lines began operating bus replacements for the New York and Queens Transit Corporation trolleys in 1937, and was renamed Queens Transit Corporation in 1957. Steinway Omnibus Corporation (changed to Steinway Transit Corporation in 1957) began operating buses over former Steinway Railway lines in the Fall of 1939, and the two companies merged in 1986 to form the Queens/Steinway Transit Corporation.

In 1988, Linden Bus Company acquired the routes. Shortly thereafter and before operations commenced, Linden Bus Company changed its name to Queens Surface Corporation.[2]

Routes

Prior to MTA Bus takeover, Queens Surface operated the following routes that are now based at MTA Bus' College Point Bus Depot:[3]

Former Queens Transit Corporation's Lines

  • Q25 Jamaica - College Point via Parsons Boulevard
  • Q34 Jamaica - Whitestone via Parsons Boulevard
  • Q64 (Formerly Q65A) Electchester - Forest Hills, via Jewel Avenue
  • Q65 College Point - Jamaica, via 164th Street
  • Q66 Flushing - Long Island City, via Northern Boulevard
  • Q67 Long Island City - Ridgewood, via Middle Village

Former Steinway Transit Corporation's Lines

  • Q100 (Formerly Q101R) Long Island City - Astoria, Rikers Island (Limited stop service)
  • Q101 East Midtown, Manhattan - Astoria, via Steinway Street
  • Q102 Astoria - Roosevelt Island, via 31st Street
  • Q103 Astoria - Hunters Point, via Vernon Boulevard
  • Q104 Ravenswood - Sunnyside, via Broadway

Multi-borough local

  • QBx1 Flushing - Pelham Bay Park, Co-op City, Bronx

Express

  • QM1 Midtown or Downtown, Manhattan - Fresh Meadows, via Union Turnpike
  • QM1A Midtown or Downtown, Manhattan - Glen Oaks, North Shore Towers, via Union Turnpike
  • QM2 Midtown Manhattan - Bay Terrace, via Cross Island Parkway and Whitestone Expressway
  • QM2A Midtown Manhattan - Bay Terrace, via Clearview & Willets Point Boulevard
  • QM3 Midtown Manhattan - Douglaston, via Northern Boulevard
  • QM4 Midtown Manhattan - Electchester, via Jewel Avenue

All-Time Roster[4]

Buses acquired from Queens Transit & Steinway Transit

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
1-2 1979 GMC RTS-03 (T8H-603) Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730
3-8 1980 GMDD T8H-5307A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730 Ex Steinway Transit Corporation.
9-18 1981 GMDD T8H-5307A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730 Ex Steinway Transit Corporation.
19-23 1982 GMDD T8H-5307A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730 Ex Steinway Transit Corporation.
24-42 Queens Surface Corporation 37-a.jpg 1985 GMC RTS-04 (T8J-204) Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730
43-54 1986 GMC RTS-06 (T8J-206) Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730
131, 139 1967 GMC TDH-5304 Ex Queens Transit Corporation.
147, 151, 155 1968 GMC T6H-5306A Ex Queens Transit Corporation.
157-158, 160 1969 GMC T6H-5306A Ex Queens Transit Corporation.
162, 166, 168-170, 203 1970 GMC T6H-5306A Ex Queens Transit Corporation.
172, 174-175, 181,
183, 185, 196
1971 GMC T6H-5306A Ex Queens Transit Corporation.
205-243 Queens Surface Corporation 208-a.jpg 1985 GMC RTS-04 (T8J-204) Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
244-258, 270-274 1986 GMC RTS-06 (T8J-206) Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
264, 267-268 1970 GMC S8H-5303A Ex Queens Transit Corporation.
323 1980 GMDD T6H-4523N
324 1969 GMC T6H-5306A Ex Queens Transit Corporation.
325 1969 GMC T6H-5306A Ex Steinway Transit Corporation.
336-337 1969 GMC T6H-5306A
345 1971 GMC T6H-5306A Ex Steinway Transit Corporation.
350 1975 GMC T8H-5308A
351-353 1967 GMC TDH-5304
354 1971 GMC T6H-5306A
355-359 1972 GMC T8H-5308A
360-364 1975 GMC T8H-5308A
410-429 1980 Grumman Flxible 870 (40096-8-1) Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730
442, 457, 460 1970 Flxible 111DD-D5
484-485, 491-492 1970 Flxible 111DD-D5
603 1972 GMC T8H-5308A Ex Steinway Transit Corporation.
606-607, 609,
611, 613-614, 616-618,
621-623, 625, 627-630
1976 GMC T8H-5308A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730 Ex Steinway Transit Corporation.
702, 705, 708, 715 1972 GMC T8H-5308A Ex Queens Transit Corporation.
718, 722, 725-726, 729,
732, 734, 736-737,
739-740, 742, 745
1975 GMC T8H-5308A Ex Queens Transit Corporation.
749-751, 754-755, 757,
759, 761-770
1976 GMC T8H-5308A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730 Ex Queens Transit Corporation.
771-777 1978 GMDD T8H-5307A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730
778-779 1978-79 GMDD T8H-5307A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730 Ex Queens Transit Corporation.
780-781, 783-792, 794 1979 GMDD T8H-5307A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730
782 1978-79 GMDD T8H-5307A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730 Ex Queens Transit Corporation.
783-792 1979 GMDD T8H-5307A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730
793 1979 GMDD T8H-5307A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730 Ex Queens Transit Corporation.
794 1979 GMDD T8H-5307A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730
795 1979 GMDD T8H-5307A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730 Ex Queens Transit Corporation.
800-842 1980 Grumman Flxible 870 (40102-8-1) Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730
843-852 8/1981 GMDD T8H-5307A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730 Ex Queens Transit Corporation.
853-862 10/1981 GMDD T8H-5307A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730

Buses bought new by Queens Surface

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
275-389 Queens Surface Corporation 311-a.jpg 1993 TMC RTS-06 (T80-206)
396-498 Queens Surface Corporation 478-a.jpg 1999 Orion V CNG (05.501)
  • Owned by the City of New York.
  • Transferred to MTA Bus in 2005.
499 1999 Orion V CNG (05.501)
  • Ex CNG prototype; bought in June 2000.
  • Owned by the City of New York.
  • Transferred to MTA Bus in 2005.
500-567 Queens Surface Corporation 500-a.jpg 1998 Orion V CNG (05.501)
  • Owned by the City of New York.
  • Transferred to MTA Bus in 2005.
568-581 Queens Surface Corporation 581-a.jpg 1999 Orion V CNG (05.501) Detroit Diesel Series 50G
  • Owned by the City of New York.
  • Transferred to MTA Bus in 2005.
700-705 1997 Orion V (05.501)
900-949 Queens Surface Corporation 937-a.jpg 1988 MCI TC40-102A Suburban
  • Owned by the City of New York.
  • Some transferred to MTA Bus in 2005.

Buses bought from other agencies

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
83-86 1976 Flxible 53096-8-1 Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730 Ex Hudson Bus 7753, 7751-7752 & 7754. Bought in 1992.
90-91 1966 GMC TDH-4519
177-180 1979 GMC RTS-03 (T8H-603) Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730 Ex Liberty Lines Transit 117, 125, 155 & 193. Bought in 1998.
181-192 1979 GMC RTS-03 (T8H-603) Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730 Ex Liberty Lines Transit. Bought in 1997.
193-204 1979 GMC RTS-03 (T8H-603) Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730 Ex Greater Bridgeport Transit District 1500-1511. Bought in 1993.
306-308, 310 Renumbered 1306-1308 & 1310 in 1994.
311 Renumbered 1311 in 1994.
493-499 1970 Flxible 111DD-D5
  • Ex Command Bus Company 194, 192, 195, 197-198, 191 & 199. Bought in 1989.
  • Owned by the City of New York.
500-520 1978 GMC P8M-4905A Detroit Diesel 8V71N 4-speed manual
600-601 1971 GMC T8H-5306A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Ex Rockland Coaches 473 & 292. Bought in 1989.
602-603 1971 GMC T8H-5306A Detroit Diesel 8V71N
604 1971 GMC T8H-5306A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Ex Rockland Coaches 533. Bought in 1989.
605-606 1969 GMC T8H-5306A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Ex Rockland Coaches 480-481. Bought in 1989.
616, 618, 620, 622, 625, 628 1979 GMDD T8H-5307A Detroit Diesel 8V71N
720, 723, 726-727, 756 1976 GMC T6H-4523N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730
H893 MCI MC-9 Ex-?
950-954 Queens Surface Corporation 953-a.jpg 1988 MCI TC40-102A
  • Ex Liberty Lines Express 3077-3081. Bought in 1995.
  • Owned by the City of New York.
  • 3077 returned to Liberty Lines
  • Some transferred to MTA Bus in 2005.
1266 1970 GMC T6H-5306A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Ex New York Bus Service 1266. Bought in 1990.
1306-1308, 1310 1963 GMC TDH-4519
  • Ex #306-308 & 310
  • Exx CDTA same #s. Bought in 1992.
1311 1964 GMC TDH-4519
  • Ex #311.
  • Exx CDTA 311. Bought in 1992.
1362-1366 1974 GMC T6H-5308A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Ex New York Bus Service 1362-1366. Bought in 1990.
1374-1379 1976 GMC T6H-5308A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730 Ex New York Bus Service 1374-1379. Bought in 1994.
1488, 1490-1492 1975 GMC T8H-5308A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Ex Liberty Lines Transit 488, 490-492. Bought in 1990.
1493-1494, 1496 1976 GMC T8H-5308A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730 Ex Liberty Lines Transit 493-494 & 496. Bought in 1990.
5883 MCI MC-9 Ex-Gray Line?

References