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"Green Bus Lines, Incorporated" was a bus company in New York City, United States, operating local service in Queens and express service to Manhattan until January 9, 2006, when the MTA Bus Company took over its routes.

The company was incorporated on April 3, 1925 by a group of bus operators under the leadership of John Succa in Manhattan to coordinate some jitney operations, as well as some feeder service in the outer boroughs serving rapid transit terminals. It began operating routes in Manhattan in 1933, then discontinued them in 1936, turning over its franchises to New York City Omnibus Co. and Comprehensive Omnibus Corporation in exchange for franchises in Queens. The company also acqured several previously-operating Queens bus companies: Liberty Bus Transportation, Bilow Bus Line, Richmond Hill Bus Line, S&F Transportation, Argus Line Transportation Corporation, Long Island Coach Company, General Omnibus Corporation, Midland Coach Corporation, and Courier Bus Company. In 1943, Green Bus Lines took over the Manhattan & Queens Bus Corporation, which had operated the ex-Manhattan and Queens Traction Company Q60 Queens Boulevard Line since 1937, providing a link over the Queensboro Bridge into Manhattan. It continued operating those franchises until January 9, 2006, when its routes were taken over by the MTA Bus Company (a subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority).

Green stockholders acquired several other companies that continued to operate independently: Command Bus Company, Triboro Coach Corporation, and Jamaica Buses.

The current QM23 was started in the 1950s to replace Long Island Rail Road service. Four more express routes began operation in the 1970s.

Manhattan routes operated[]

The following routes were operated by Green Bus Lines in Manhattan before the franchises were exchanged for Queens franchises:

Original Number Subsequent
bus operator
Route number used
(if NYCO)
Current operator Current Number Route Name
M1 Comprehensive  NYCTAM22 Madison-Chambers Crosstown
M2 NYC Omnibus12 (discontinued) Spring-Delancey Crosstown
M3 Comprehensive  NYCTAM50 49th-50th Sts. Crosstown
M4 NYC Omnibus17 MaBSTOAM79 79th St. Crosstown
M5 NYC Omnibus18 MaBSTOAM86 86th St. Crosstown
M6 NYC Omnibus19 MaBSTOAM19 96th St. Crosstown

Queens operations[]

Just prior to MTA Bus takeover, Green operated 231 city-owned buses out of the Far Rockaway Bus Depot and John F. Kennedy Bus Depot on the following routes:

Queens local
Route number Route name Former operator
Q6 Sutphin Boulevard Argus
Q7 Rockaway S&F
Q8 101st Avenue
Q9 Lincoln Street Bilow
Q9A Formaly
Q10 Lefferts Boulevard Richmond Hill
Q10A JFK Airport limited-stop
Q11 Woodhaven Boulevard Liberty
Q21 Cross Bay Boulevard
Q22 Rockaway Beach LI Coach
Q22A Bayswater
Q35 Marine Parkway
Q37 111th Street General Omnibus
Q40 142nd Street Midland
Q41 127th Street Courier
Q60 Queens Boulevard M&Q
Route number Route name
QM15 Lindenwood
QM16 Rockaway Park
QM17 Rockaway
QM18 Lefferts
QM23 Brooklyn Manor


Defunct New York City Transit Operators
Steam railroads later converted to rapid transit systems Brooklyn and Brighton Beach Railroad • Brooklyn, Bath and Coney Island Rail Road • Brooklyn, Bath and Coney Island Railroad • Brooklyn, Bath and West End Railroad • Brooklyn, Flatbush and Coney Island Railway • Coney Island Elevated Railway • Greenwood and Coney Island Railroad • Marine Railway • New York and Coney Island Railroad • New York and Manhattan Beach Railway • New York and Sea Beach Railroad • New York and Sea Beach Railway • New York, Brooklyn and Manhattan Beach Railroad • Prospect Park and Coney Island Railroad • Sea Beach Railway • Sea View Railroad
Rapid transit systems Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation • Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company • Brooklyn Union Elevated Railroad • Interborough Rapid Transit Company • Kings County Elevated Railway
Streetcar systems

Avenue C Railroad Company • Belt Line Railway • Bleecker Street and Fulton Ferry Railroad • Broadway and Seventh Avenue Railroad • Broadway Surface Railroad • Broadway Railway Company • Brooklyn and North River Railroad • Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corporation • Brooklyn Central and Jamaica Railroad • Brooklyn City Rail Road • Brooklyn Crosstown Railroad • Brooklyn, Queens County and Suburban Railroad • Bush Terminal Railroad • Bushwick Railroad • Calvary Cemetery, Greenpoint and Brooklyn Railroad • Central Crosstown Railroad Company • Central Park, North and East River Railroad • Chambers Street and Grand Street Ferry Railroad • Christopher and Tenth Street Railroad Company • Columbus and Ninth Avenue Railroad • Coney Island and Brooklyn Rail Road • Coney Island, Fort Hamilton and Brooklyn Railroad • Dry Dock, East Broadway and Battery Railroad • Eighth Avenue Railroad Company • Flushing and College Point Electric Railway • Fort George and Eleventh Avenue Railroad • Forty-Second Street and Grand Street Ferry Railroad Company • Fourth Avenue Street Railway • Fulton Street Railroad • Grand Street and Newtown Rail Road • Greenpoint and Lorimer Street Railroad • Houston, West Street and Pavonia Ferry Railroad • Interurban Street Railway • Jamaica Central Railways Company • Kings County Electric Railway • Lexington Avenue and Pavonia Ferry Railroad • Long Island City and Calvary Cemetery Railroad • Long Island City and Maspeth Railroad • Long Island City and Newtown Railway • Long Island Electric Railway • Manhattan and Queens Traction Company • Manhattan Bridge Three Cent Line • Marine Railway • Maspeth Avenue and Toll Bridge Company • Maspeth Railroad and Bridge Company • Metropolitan Crosstown Railway • Metropolitan Street Railroad • Metropolitan Street Railway • Nassau Electric Railroad • Newtown Railway • New York City Department of Plant and Structures • New Williamsburgh and Flatbush Railroad • New York and Harlem Railroad Company • New York and North Shore Traction Company • New York and Queens County Railway Company • New York and Queens Transit Corporation • New York City Railway Company • New York Railways Company • Ninth Avenue Railroad Company • Park Avenue Railroad • Port Richmond & Prohibition Park Electric Railroad • Queensboro Bridge Railway Company • Richmond County Railroad • Richmond Light & Railroad Company • Richmond Railways • Rikers Avenue and Sanford Point Railroad • Second Avenue Railroad • Sixth Avenue Railroad Company • South Brooklyn Street Railroad • South Ferry Railroad Company • Staten Island Electric Railroad • Staten Island Midland Railroad • Staten Island Midland Railway • Staten Island Traction Company • Steinway and Hunters Point Railroad • Steinway Railway Corporation • Third Avenue Railroad • Third Avenue Railway • Third Avenue Transit Corporation • Thirty-fourth Street Crosstown Railway • Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Streets Crosstown Railroad • Twenty-Third Street Railroad Company • Union Railroad (Brooklyn) • Union Railway Company of New York City • Van Brunt Street and Erie Basin Rail Road

Bus systems Affiliated Bus Transit Corporation • Argus Line Transportation Corporation • Avenue B & East Broadway Transit Company • B&L Transportation • Bilow Bus Line • Brooklyn Bus Corporation • Command Bus Company • Comprehensive Omnibus Corporation • Concourse Bus Lines • Courier Bus Company • Eastern Parkway, Brownsville and East New York Transit Relief Association • East Side Omnibus Corporation • Fifth Avenue Coach Company • Fifth Avenue Coach Lines, Incorporated • Flushing Heights Bus Company • General Omnibus Corporation • Greater Cities Bus Lines • Green Bus Lines • Hamilton Bus Company • Independent Buses • Isle Transportation Co. • Jamaica Bus Line • Jamaica Buses • Kings Coach Company • Liberty Bus Transportation • Liberty Lines Express • Long Island Coach Company • Madison Avenue Coach Company, Incorporated • Manhattan & Queens Bus Corporation • Midland Coach Corporation‎ • Municipal Motorbus Company • National City Bus Lines • New York Bus Service • New York City Department of Plant and Structures • New York City Omnibus Corporation • North Shore Bus Company • Pioneer Bus Company • Plum Beach Auto Stage • Queens Auto Traction • Queens Bus Corporation • Queens Bus Lines • Queens-Nassau Transit Lines • Queens Surface Corporation • Queens Transit Corporation • Rauchwerger Bus Company • Richmond Hill Bus Line • Ruoff Brothers • S&C Buses • S&F Transportation • Staten Island Coach Company • Steinway Omnibus Corporation • Steinway Transit Corporation • Surface Transit, Incorporated • Surface Transportation Corporation of New York • Tompkins Bus Company • Triangle Bus Company • Triboro Coach Corporation • Woodside-Astoria Transportation Company • Z&M Coach Company