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Queens Surface Corporation was a bus company in New York City, United States, operating local service in Queens and the Bronx and express service between Queens and Manhattan until February 27, 2005, when the MTA Bus Company took over the operations. QSC was established in 1988, as the successor to Linden Bus Co. Inc., a company established to takeover the bus services formerly operated by Queens/Steinway Transit Corp. The bus services operated by the company go back to a long line of companies extending back to the horsecar service in the village of Astoria in the 1860s. It was one of several privately operated bus companies in New York City. Queens Surface Corp. was privately held by the Gordon and Burke families. In 1988, Queens Surface Corporation was formed to replace the bus services then operated by Queens/Steinway Transit Corp., which itself was established following the merger of Steinway Transit Corp. into Queens Transit Corp. in 1986. The Queens Surface Corporation facility was located at 128-15 28th Avenue near the New York Times printing plant in the College Point neighborhood of Queens, New York. The routes operated by Queens Surface Corp. were taken over by the City of New York and turned over to the MTA Bus Company for operation on February 26, 2005; the depot has been renamed the College Point Bus Depot.

Historical background[]

Queens-Nassau Transit Lines began operating bus replacements for the New York and Queens Transit Corporation trolleys in 1937, and was renamed Queens Transit Corporation in 1957. Steinway Transit began operating buses over former Steinway Railway lines in 1938, and the two companies merged in 1986 to form the Queens/Steinway Transit Corporation. Queens/Steinway Transit Corp. was owned by the Salzberg family, dealers in scrap metal and a short line railroad operator, since it acquired the old New York & Queens County Railway Company. This acquisition was made for the purpose of replacing the street railway operations with buses and selling the scrap steel. Quuens/Steinway operated the merged routes until 1988, when the Linden Bus Company (which had operated in New Jersey) acquired the routes and changed its name to Queens Surface Corporation.

Routes[]

Just prior to MTA Bus takeover, Queens Surface operated the following routes that are now based in College Point Bus Depot;

Queens local
Route number Terminals Via Notes
Q25 Jamaica College Point Parsons Boulevard
Q34 Jamaica Whitestone Parsons Boulevard
Q65 College Point Jamaica 164th Street
Q65A Electchester Forest Hills Jewel Avenue
Q66 Flushing Long Island City Northern Boulevard
Q67 Long Island City Middle Village
Q101 East Midtown, Manhattan Astoria Steinway Street
Q101R Long Island City Rikers Island Limited stop service
Q102 Astoria Roosevelt Island 31st Street
Q103 Astoria Hunters Point Vernon Boulevard
Q104 Ravenswood Sunnyside Broadway
Multi-borough local
Route number Terminals Via Notes
QBx1 Flushing Co-Op City, Bronx
Express
Route number Terminals Via Notes
QM1 Midtown or Downtown, Manhattan Fresh Meadows Union Turnpike
QM1A Midtown or Downtown, Manhattan Glen Oaks Union Turnpike
QM2 Midtown Manhattan Bay Terrance Cross Island Parkway
Whitestone Expressway
QM2A Midtown Manhattan Bay Terrance Willets Point Boulevard
QM3 Midtown Manhattan Douglaston Northern Boulevard
QM4 Midtown Manhattan Electchester Jewel Avenue

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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