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No more RTS buses in Staten Island?


jeffmorris

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I think that there's no more RTS buses in Staten Island. I know that MTA stopped buying RTS buses and started buying Orion buses about 20 years ago. At first, I thought that the company that built RTS buses went out of business along with the company that built Flxible 870/Metro buses.

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Staten Island is now Orion country, including the MCIs that serve the express routes. The last time I rode an RTS bus was on the S61 from Yukon Depot. This was in November of 2008. I'm pretty sure that they stuck a little while longer after that but that's as far as I can remember.

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I think that there's no more RTS buses in Staten Island. I know that MTA stopped buying RTS buses and started buying Orion buses about 20 years ago. At first, I thought that the company that built RTS buses went out of business along with the company that built Flxible 870/Metro buses.

There are also no more RTS' in the Bronx as well.

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I remember always grabbing RTS's on the Yukon Routes.. Back in my High School days, Castleton had some really beat up RTS's; Im talking (1998-2000).

 

Wasn't that where a majority of the RTS's were anyway?

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Wasn't that where a majority of the RTS's were anyway?

 

When I started taking the bus full time in Fall of 1998, I used the S54 to/from Wagner. We had alot of the 240-250 series Orions out of Castelton. Yukon was still running alot of the older Express 3880s to 3990s series, and the 4700 and 4800 series ( Express series as well). For the most part, Yukon had the bulk of the RTS's, and Castelton had a few. Once I saw the first new Orion 6165 pull up in front of school, I knew these would come in, and shift everything around. Castelton, for the longest time had Orion 470-504. I just saw these models over in Flushing about a month ago.

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Staten Island:

the last RTS bus i took at Castleton was 8100* on the S48 in 2006,

 

the last RTS bus i took at Yukon was 9425** on the S79 in 2008.

 

* 8100 is retired.

 

**9425 is now at Ulmer Park. I took it on the B6 LTD a few weeks ago.

 

The Bronx:

The last RTS bus i took at West Farms were 8786** and 8557*, both on the Bx35.

 

*8557 might be retired by now.

**8786 is now at ENY.

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yes all of the staten island rts novas are at ulmer park now for about a year almost . here are the list ( 9382-9416,) (9418-9429,) (9613, 9658-9659 are 3 from flatbush depot . . . ) as you can see ( 9301, 9305, 9309, 9314, 9324, 9330 ) are at ulmer park as well . the rest had went to lga last year . 9303 is retired . and 9302 is a zerega in the bronx getting massive repair$ .

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yes all of the staten island rts novas are at ulmer park now for about a year almost . here are the list ( 9382-9416,) (9418-9429,) (9613, 9658-9659 are 3 from flatbush depot . . . ) as you can see ( 9301, 9305, 9309, 9314, 9324, 9330 ) are at ulmer park as well . the rest had went to lga last year . 9303 is retired . and 9302 is a zerega in the bronx getting massive repair$ .

 

i believe 9417 on the S79 was involved in an accident. am i right?

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nope 9417 is alright and it wasnt never in a accident . . lol . . . 9414 is cool but i dont see it alot now so its on diffrent routes or getting repaired . and umm 9324 is being repaired also i saw it in the garage this morning with a notice on it . it said nyct bus out of service= 11.21.09

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I think that there's no more RTS buses in Staten Island. I know that MTA stopped buying RTS buses and started buying Orion buses about 20 years ago. At first, I thought that the company that built RTS buses went out of business along with the company that built Flxible 870/Metro buses.

its only been 10 years since the MTA purchased RTS buses. They were first built by GMC, then TMC, then NovaBUS. Recently a company called Millennium Transit took over, but went into Chapter 11 after losing the bid for NJT.

the Flxible Metro/870 also went thru a few manufacturers. Those buses ceased to be built after running out of money just after winning a bid to build 50 for the MTA. That bid went to Orion (i beleive the numbers of thos Orions were 581-630)

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I think that there's no more RTS buses in Staten Island. I know that MTA stopped buying RTS buses and started buying Orion buses about 20 years ago. At first, I thought that the company that built RTS buses went out of business along with the company that built Flxible 870/Metro buses.

 

The last RTS buses left Staten Island Division earlier this year with the delivery of Orion VII NG units.

 

Bronx is almost all RTS-free, except for a handful at West Farms.

 

The last garage with only RTS buses for local service is Ulmer Park.

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The last RTS buses left Staten Island Division earlier this year with the delivery of Orion VII NG units.

 

Bronx is almost all RTS-free, except for a handful at West Farms.

 

West farms only have 8787 how do they have a handful of RTS? Are they getting more?!

 

Edit: TTMG roster says no RTS there :P

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