Command Bus Company

From 1979 until 2005, Varsity Transit affiliate Command Bus Company operated two local and seven express transit bus routes, routes that are now operated by MTA Bus Company. Varsity Transit and Command Bus Company were 40-percent owned by Green Bus Lines, 40-percent owned by Triboro Coach, and 20-percent owned by Jamaica Central Railways. Command Bus traces its history to Pioneer Bus Corporation, established in 1954 by three small school bus and charter bus operators. Until 1960, when it obtained a franchise for the current B100, it only operated school, charter, and racetrack buses. Several express buses were implemented in 1972. Command Bus Company was incorporated on October 22, 1979, by the late Mr. William Cooper (1895-1985) to resume bus service following a strike at Pioneer, which went out of the express and local bus business when the strike started. Like its corporate owners Green Bus Lines, Triboro Coach, and Jamaica Central Railways, the late Mr. Jerome Cooper (1928-2015) was the chairman of the board of both Varsity Transit and Command Bus Company. Originally co-housed with Varsity Transit, the operations of Command were eventually moved into a new NYCDOT facility at Spring Creek Depot, 12755 Flatlands Avenue in Brooklyn (this garage was leased by MTA Bus following the transfer of Command Bus Company routes to MTA Bus in 2005), it was previously built and owned by the New York City Department of Transportation before being sold to MTA Bus in early 2009.

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Bus Industries of America & Orion Bus Industries
  Orion I/CNG Suburban (Model 01.509)
Model Year Build Year Fleet No.
(Total)
Engine Trans. Fleet Notes Image
1988 901-902
(2)

L-10G

ECOMAT 4HP-500

  • Built by Bus Industries of America
  • First CNG Orion Buses
  • Owned Brooklyn Union Gas Company
  Orion V/CNG Suburban (Model 05.501)
Model Year Build Year Fleet No.
(Total)
Engine Trans. Fleet Notes Image
1997 4932
(1)

Series 50G

World B400R

  • Built by Orion Bus Industries
  • Purchased by the New York City Department of Transportation
1998 4933-4973, 4975
(42)
1999 4974
(1)
Total Buses:    46  
 


Eagle (New Trails Manufacturing Company)
  Model 10S
Model Year Build Year Fleet No.
(Total)
Engine Trans. Fleet Notes Image
1983 299
(1)

6V-92

HT-740

  • This unit is a Eagle Demonstrator
Total Buses:    1  
 


(Rohr Flxible)
  New Look
Model Year Build Year Fleet No.
(Total)
Engine Trans. Fleet Notes Image
1970 191-195, 197-198
(7)

6V-71N
Information Unavailable

  • Built by Rohr Flxible, Model 111DD-D5
  • Purchased by the New York City Department of Transportation from the Capital District Transportation Authority, Originally United Traction Co.
  • These units were originally CDTA 412, 414, 407, 411, 410, 403, 402
Total Buses:    7  
 


(Bus & Truck Division)
  New Look
Model Year Build Year Fleet No.
(Total)
Engine Trans. Fleet Notes Image
1960 200, 202-206
(6)

6V-71N

VH

  • Model TDH-5301
  • Buses #200, 202-206 are formerly Pioneer Bus Corp. #1441, 1443, 1445-1447, 1449, originally New Orleans Public Service Inc. #28, 38, 35, 12, 10, 3
  • Buses #288-290 are formerly Triboro Coach Corp. #796, 797, 799
1962 288-290
(3)
1964 207-210
(4)

6V-71N

VH

  • Model TDH-5304
  • Buses #207-210 are formerly Pioneer Bus Corp. #1223-1226, originally Liberty Coaches/Yonkers Transit #223-226
  • Buses #215-218 are formerly Pioneer Bus Corp. #433-436, formerly Westchester St Rwy #433-436, originally Yonkers Transit #233-236
  • Buses #219-221, 224-226 are formerly Pioneer Bus Corp. #1801-1806
  • Buses #222-223, 234-235 are formerly Pioneer Bus Corp. #1807-1810, originally Mid-Island Transit #647-648, 654, 658
1966 215-223
(9)
1967 224-226, 234-235
(5)
1967 291-296
(6)

6V-71N

VH

  • Model TDH-5303
  • These units are formerly Triboro Coach Corp. #961-962, 965, 960, 963-964
1968 101-108, 297-298
(10)

6V-71N

VH

  • Model T6H-5305A
  • Buses #101-108 are formerly Varsity Transit #101-108, originally Triboro Coach Corp. #972, 984, 975, 983, 973, 982, 970, 981
  • Buses #297-298 are formerly Triboro Coach Corp. #978-979
1968 229-233, 236-237
(7)

6V-71N

VH

  • Model T6H-5306A
  • Buses #229-233 are formerly Pioneer Bus Corp. #1227-1231, originally Riverdale Transit #204-207, 203
  • Buses #236-237 are formerly Pioneer Bus Corp. #1812-1813, originally Mid-Island Transit #661, 659
1969 238-240
(3)

8V-71N

VS-2

  • Model T8H-5306A
  • Buses #238-240 are formerly Pioneer Bus Corp. #430-432, formerly Westchester St Rwy #430-432, originally Yonkers Transit #244-246
1972 241-250, 482-491
(20)

6V-71N

VH

  • Model T6H-5308A
  • Buses #241-250 are formerly Pioneer Bus Corp. #7421-7430, originally North Hudson County Boulevard #B115, B142, B147, B141, B130, B146, 52, 54, 53, 55
  • Buses #251-270 are formerly Pioneer Bus Corp. #7401-7420
  • Buses #482-491 are formerly New York Bus Service #1308-1312, 1314-1317, 1319
  • Bus #492 is formerly New York Bus Service #1337
  • Buses #493-496 are formerly New York Bus Service #1358-1361
1974 251-265, 492
(16)
1975 266-270, 493-496
(9)
  New Look Suburban
Model Year Build Year Fleet No.
(Total)
Engine Trans. Fleet Notes Image
1964 211-212
(2)

6V-71N

4-Speed Manual

  • Model SDM-5302
  • These units are formerly Pioneer Bus Corp. #4000, 5000, 6000, 7000, 8000, 9000
1965 213-214
(2)
1966 227-228
(2)
  Parlor Coach
Model Year Build Year Fleet No.
(Total)
Engine Trans. Fleet Notes Image
1978 271-287
(17)

8V-71N

V-730

  • Model P8M-4905A
  • Purchased by the New York City Department of Transportation
  • These units are formerly Pioneer Bus Corp. #7431-7447
  Rapid Transit Series (RTS)
Model Year Build Year Fleet No.
(Total)
Engine Trans. Fleet Notes Image
1984 351-356
(6)

6V-92T

V-730

  • Model T8J-604
  • First New Buses Purchased by Command
1985 357-394
(38)

6V-92T

V-730

  • Model T8J-604
  • Purchased by the New York City Department of Transportation
1986 395-420
(26)

6V-92T

V-730

  • Model T8J-606
  • Purchased by the New York City Department of Transportation
Total Buses:    176  
 

 
(Motor Coach Industries & Transportation Manufacturing Corp.)
  MCI® Classic Suburban (Model TC40-102A)
Model Year Build Year Fleet No.
(Total)
Engine Trans. Fleet Notes Image
1988 421-481
(61)

6V-92TA

V-731 ATEC

  • Purchased by the New York City Department of Transportation
  • Buses #462-470 are formerly New York Bus Service #1689-1697
  • Bus #471 is formerly New York Bus Service #1681687, originally Liberty Lines Express #01
  • Buses #472-481 are formerly Liberty Lines Express #3082-3091

1989 499
(1)

  TMC® Rapid Transit Series (RTS CNG Model T80-206)
Model Year Build Year Fleet No.
(Total)
Engine Trans. Fleet Notes Image
1990 1991 4976-4977
(2)

Series 50G

VR-731 ATEC

  • Purchased by the New York City Department of Transportation
  • These units are formerly MTA New York City Transit #8398-8399
  • Bus #4976 was formerly a dual-fuel (Diesel & CNG) powered bus.
1993 4903-4931
(29)

L-10G

ECOMAT 5HP-500

  • Purchased by the New York City Department of Transportation
  • These units were originally ordered by MTA New York City Transit
  • Suburban-Type Interior
1994 4978
(1)

L-10G

ECOMAT 5HP-500

  • Purchased by the New York City Department of Transportation
  • This unit is formerly MTA New York City Transit #8567
Total Buses:    94  

324 Total Buses
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