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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 operatedEdit

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 operationsEdit

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 Linden Boulevard
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 RailroadBrooklyn, Bath and Coney Island Rail RoadBrooklyn, Bath and Coney Island RailroadBrooklyn, Bath and West End RailroadBrooklyn, Flatbush and Coney Island RailwayConey Island Elevated RailwayGreenwood and Coney Island RailroadMarine RailwayNew York and Coney Island RailroadNew York and Manhattan Beach RailwayNew York and Sea Beach RailroadNew York and Sea Beach RailwayNew York, Brooklyn and Manhattan Beach RailroadProspect Park and Coney Island RailroadSea Beach RailwaySea View Railroad
Rapid transit systems Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit CorporationBrooklyn Rapid Transit CompanyBrooklyn Union Elevated RailroadInterborough Rapid Transit CompanyKings County Elevated Railway
Streetcar systems

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