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Does any one remember the clean air buses? They looked just like the RTS's except they have those things on the roof and the sides saids "Clean Air Buses"? What happened to them?

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Guest Charles

Those buses were great on the Triboro lines. They retired prematurely in my opinion.

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To compress all of that into one post...

 

RTS-06 CNG models. Instead of using diesel fuel, they ran on compressed natural gas, which is why they have that big tank on the roof. Triboro and Command ran them, and even the (MTA) had a few, although not for very long, in the early-to-mid 1990s. They were all retired soon after the (MTA) takeover.

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They were all retired soon after the (MTA) takeover.

 

Why does the (MTA) ALWAYS have to ruin things?:mad:

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I remember when those buses would make a sharp turn, the bus would feel like it would tip over!

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To compress all of that into one post...

 

RTS-06 CNG models. Instead of using diesel fuel, they ran on compressed natural gas, which is why they have that big tank on the roof. Triboro and Command ran them, and even the (MTA) had a few, although not for very long, in the early-to-mid 1990s. They were all retired soon after the (MTA) takeover.

The MTA had three of those. 8398-99 were purchased in 1991 and 8567 was purchased in 1993. All three of those buses were sold to command. 8398-99 became command 4976 and 4977 and 8567 became 4978. Out of those three only 4978 survived the takeover and was renumbered 754.

 

Here are a few links to photos of the buses.

NYCT 8398

NYCT 8399

Command 4976

Command 4978

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