The Kingsbridge Depot is a depot for the Bronx division. It is located in the block bounded by Ninth Avenue, Tenth Avenue, 216th Street, and 218th Street in Inwood, Manhattan, two blocks north of the New York City Subway's 207th Street Yard. The depot was built as the Kingsbridge Car Barn, a streetcar barn owned by the Third Avenue Railway in 1897. This barn, located on the west side of Ninth Avenue, was a one-story brick structure with a basement and steel frame. It was designed in Roman renaissance style with terracotta features. Among its designers included Isaac A. Hopper, who constructed Carnegie Hall. Across from the barn on the east side of Ninth Avenue was the Kingsbridge Power House, which was constructed around the same time and supplied electricity to the Third Avenue system. It was designed and built by Westinghouse Electric Corporation and by Hopper, with similar brick and terracotta features. The facility became the location of the company's central repair shop in 1947, when the 65th Street Shops closed. In 1948, Third Avenue's central repair shop was moved again to a facility in Yonkers, while the Kingsbridge Depot ceased serving trolleys and began serving buses in 1948. In 1962, it was acquired by the MaBSTOA. The original 1897 depot closed on September 10, 1989 when the Gun Hill Depot opened, and was razed soon after. The depot had fallen into disrepair, while the placement of its support columns was inconvenient for buses as opposed to streetcars.
The current Kingsbridge Depot, opened on February 23, 1993, consists of two separate buildings: one for maintenance (the Ninth Avenue Shop) and one for bus storage. The Ninth Avenue shop rebuilds individual bus components. The depot was built to house 242 buses. It was the first in the city to house articulated buses beginning on September 30, 1996.
Fleet operation history:Edit
Orion V (1993-1998, 2004-2016)
Orion VII NG. Hybrid (2009-Present)
2015 LFS (2015-Present)
2010 Nova Bus LFSA (2017-present)
2011 Nova Bus LFSA (2011-present)
2012 XD60 (2012-present)
2017 Nova Bus LFSA (2017-2018 (pilot))