2006-11-24 / Community

New Buses For Former Green Bus Line Due In 2008

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing editor

By Miriam Rosenberg
Contributing editor

A bus from the former Jamaica Bus Line sits waiting for maintenance in the garage at the MTA Bus Company Depot in Far Rockaway. The parking lot at the depot is filled with buses once used by the Green Bus and Jamaica Bus lines and now used by the MTA Bus Company.A bus from the former Jamaica Bus Line sits waiting for maintenance in the garage at the MTA Bus Company Depot in Far Rockaway. The parking lot at the depot is filled with buses once used by the Green Bus and Jamaica Bus lines and now used by the MTA Bus Company.

The MTA Bus Company, which took over seven private lines in February of this year, has now said it will be early in 2008 before all new buses are on the routes formerly served by the Green Bus Lines. These routes include those served by the Q22 and Q35 buses.

"Since the MTA Bus Company has taken over [the six private lines], we have put better and newer buses on every line," said Mercedes Padilla, a spokesperson for the agency. "For Green Bus we had an option for 105 new buses to be delivered in early 2008. The option [to buy] hasn't yet been executed, but it probably will be in a few weeks from now."

Padilla said the time line for putting the vehicles on the road includes the time from ordering to taking delivery of the new buses. In March, Padilla said forty-two buses - 15 new buses and 30 rehabbed - had been added to the old Green Bus Lines routes. In June, Padilla told this newspaper that passengers on the former private lines would begin to see new buses on the road by July or August when a new delivery of buses would take place.

"We purchased 284 buses for local routes," Padilla said at the time. "We will put them on the road as soon as we get them." Padilla told The Wave in June that all the new buses for local routes were to be on the road by the first quarter of 2007.

In the meantime, in addition to the MTA buses that are on the road, passengers who ride the former Green Bus routes will continue to see buses from such lines as Green Bus and Jamaica Bus companies that have been upgraded to meet MTA standards.

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