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The MTA Regional Bus Operations bus fleet comprises over 5,700 buses in fixed-route service in New York City under MTA New York City Bus (New York City Transit) (including Select Bus Service) and MTA Bus. Many buses built today were given to NYCT and MTA bus from Nova Bus (Low floor Standard buses) and New Flyer, while older fleets were from Orion Industries and Nova Bus (Rapid Transit Series buses).

A roster of mtamaster's fantasy fleet is shown below. Not included below are buses and vans not open to the general public (Access-A-Ride vans and taxicabs, and employee shuttle buses), or demonstration buses.

Past fleet

The NYC Transit Department of Buses, subsidiary Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority, and the Metropolitan Suburban Transportation Authority, now under MTA Regional Bus Operations, have provided bus service in Greater New York since the 1950s, utilizing mostly buses from General Motors and Flxible through the 1980s, and later on the Rapid Transit Series design, and buses from Gillig, New Flyer, and Orion. The fleet of buses which has been employed and is no longer on the active roster is listed in the Retired MTA Regional Bus Operations bus fleet article.

Current active fleet

All buses are fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. All buses are 102 inches (2.59 meters) wide.

Local and limited bus fleet

Built from 1996 to 1999

Photo Builder and
model name
Year Length Numbers
(Total ordered)
Powertrain
(Engine and transmission
or propulsion system)
Notes
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Nova Bus
RTS-06 (T8O-206)
1996 40 ft (12.19 m) 8752-9349
(598 buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50 8.5L
  • Allison V-731 ATEC 3-Speed
  • Operated under MTA Bus.
    • All buses were originally operated under New York City Bus.
    • 8924-9073 were delivered brand new to Atlanta, Georgia for the 1996 Summer Olympics bus system before being delivered to MTA.
  • 9250-9349 were originally delivered with coach type seating mounted on elevated interior platforms for express service. 9250 & 9273 retain their platforms but had their coach seats replaced with 2x2 seating.
  • 9140-9149 were powered with Cummins M11E engines and are retired.
  • Being replaced & retired; 20 buses remain in service.
    • 8797 is being converted into the next Metrocard Bus.
9563
1997-
1998
9350-9699
(350 buses)
  • Operated under MTA Bus.
  • 9656 caught fire shortly after delivery and was subsequently retired. A hybrid RTS also ordered in 1998 was renumbered from 9700 to 9656, but the bus was wrecked in an accident in 2008.
  • Being retired; 10 units remain in service.
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1998 4900-5075,5125-5199, 9656
(252 buses)
  • Operated under New York City Bus and MTA Bus.
    • All buses were originally operated under New York City Bus.
  • 5076-5124 have ZF Ecomat-2 5HP592C transmissions. 5075 originally had one, but was removed and replaced with an Allison transmission instead.
  • Several buses have received orange LED signs.
  • 8 units were written off due to damage from accidents.
1998 5076-5104
(29 buses)
1998 5105-5124
(20 buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50 8.5L
  • ZF Ecomat-2 5HP592C
1999 5200-5249
(50 buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50 8.5L
  • Allison V-731 ATEC 3-Speed

Built from 2000 to 2004

Photo Builder and
model name
Year Length Numbers
(Total ordered)
Powertrain
(Engine and transmission
or propulsion system)
Notes
NYCB Nova 6360f
Nova Bus
RTS-06 (T8O-206) Hybrid
2000-
2002
40 ft
(12.19 m)
1400-1549
(150 buses)
  • Detroit Diesel series 30
  • Lockheed Martin hybrid drive
  • Operates under New York City Bus.
  • 1400-1404 wete originally 6360-6364 until 2001.
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DaimlerChrysler
Commercial Buses

Orion VII (07.501)
(semi-low floor, CNG)
2001 7560
(1 bus)
  • Detroit Diesel Series
    50G EGR 8.5L (CNG fuel)
  • Allison B400R5 WTEC Gen-III
  • Operated under New York City Bus.
  • 7691 and 7746 were repowered with Cummins-Westport ISL-G engines and re-geared with Allison B400R WTEC engines. Both units now retired.
  • 7810-7819 are 2005 units.
  • Being retired.
2003 7561-7684
(124 buses)
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2004-
2005
7685-7690,
7692-7745,
7747-7819
(133 buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series
    50G EGR 8.5L (CNG fuel)
  • ZF Ecomat-2 5HP592C
7691, 7746
(2 buses)
  • Cummins-Westport
    ISL-G 8.9L (CNG fuel)
  • Allison B400R WTEC Gen-III
MTA New York City Bus Orion VII hybrid (2004)
DaimlerChrysler
Commercial Buses

Orion VII (07.501)
(semi-low floor, hybrid electric)
2004 6365-6489
(125 buses)
  • Cummins ISB 5.9L
  • BAE Systems HybriDrive
  • Operated under New York City Bus.
  • 6365 is a 2002 unit.
  • 6365 was briefly loaned to the SEPTA as demonstrator bus 3999 in the spring of 2005.
  • As delivered, buses had Hawker XT sealed lead-acid batteries; 6401-6402, 6468, 6485 are retrofitted with A123 lithium-ion batteries.
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New Flyer Industries
D60 "Galaxy"
(articulated)
2002-
2004
60 ft (18.29 m) 5510-5769,
1110-1174
(325 buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR 8.5L
  • Allison B500R5 WTEC Gen-III
  • Operated under:
    • MTA Bus: 1110-1174
    • New York City Bus: 5510-5769
  • Many buses were written off due to separate accidents; remaining units to be retired.
  • Last order of diesel buses delivered with the Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR engine (as well as the last order of buses with a Detroit Diesel engine for the MTA)
    • Also the last order of high-floor transit buses for the MTA.

Built from 2005 to 2010

Photo Builder and
model name
Year Length Numbers
(Total ordered)
Powertrain
(Engine and transmission
or propulsion system)
Notes
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MTA Bus Company Orion VII hybrid blank front
DaimlerChrysler
Commercial Buses

Orion VII (07.501)
(semi-low floor, hybrid electric)
2005 40 ft
(12.19 m)
6490-6689
(200 buses)
  • Cummins ISB 5.9L
  • BAE Systems HybriDrive
  • Operated under:
    • MTA Bus: 3500-3562, 3564-3783.
    • New York City Bus: 6490-6909.
  • Replaced all pre-1990 buses.
  • 6490-6689 were built as Gen II models, remaining units are Gen II+ models.
  • Buses have Hawker XT sealed lead-acid batteries.
  • A bus numbered 3563 was built as part of this order, but has been modified to run on diesel only (see below).
  • Last Orion VIIs ever built (model discontinued after this order).
  • 3548, 3741 and 6853 were written off due to accidents.
  • 6906-6909 were demonstration buses for Bee Line before being delivered to New York City Bus.
2006 3500-3562,
3564-3599,
6690-6789
(199 buses)
2007 3600-3783,
6790-6909
(304 buses)
3563-D
DaimlerChrysler
Commercial Buses

Orion VII (07.501)
(semi-low floor)
2006 3563
(1 bus)
  • Cummins ISL EPA 07 8.9L
  • Allison Bus Series B400R6 Gen-IV
  • Operated under MTA Bus.
  • Delivered as a hybrid bus similar to 3500-3783 and 6690-6909, and converted as a pilot bus of a since-cancelled project to determine feasibility of converting 3500-3783 into straight diesel units.
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Daimler Buses North America
Orion VII Next Generation (07.501)
(semi-low floor, hybrid electric)
2008 41.2 ft (12.56 m) 3800-3959
(160 buses)
  • Cummins ISB
  • BAE Systems HybriDrive
  • Operated under New York City Bus.
  • Buses have Hawker XT sealed lead-acid batteries.
  • 3800-3827 are equipped with MTA Bus Time (formerly Clever Devices) GPS tracking systems.
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2009-10 3960-4702
(843 buses)
  • Cummins ISB 5.8L
  • BAE Systems HybriDrive
  • Operated under:
    • MTA Bus: 4020-4039, 4140-4169, 4279-4294, 4483-4512, 4631-4655.
    • New York City Bus: 3960-4019, 4040-4139, 4170-4244, 4295-4482, 4513-4630, 4656-4702.
  • Replaced most pre-1996 40-foot buses and many post-1996 buses.
  • Buses have A123 lithium-ion batteries.
  • Many units now have new plexiglass drivers protection shields.
  • Some units are wrapped for the S79 Select Bus Service.
  • 4019, 4065-4068, 4070-4095, 4097-4098, 4245-4278 feature on-board digital screens and automated announcements.
  • 3972 and 4619 were written off due to damage from accidents.
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DesignLine Corporation
EcoSaver IV (semi-low floor,
turbine electric)
2009 40 ft
(12.19 m)
1300-1389
(90 buses)
  • Capstone C30 microturbine
  • 2 SemiKron inverters
  • 2 Bosch Rexroth Idramat traction motors
Operated under New York City Bus.
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Daimler Buses North America
Orion VII Next Generation (07.501)
(semi-low floor, CNG)
2010 41.2 ft (12.56 m) 7820-7869
(50 buses)
  • Cummins Westport ISL G
  • Allison B-400R WTEC
  • Operated under New York City Bus
  • 7820 is a 2009 unit and was tested under MTA bus before being renumbered and sent to Jackie Gleason.
SN853987
Nova Bus
LFS
(semi-low floor, articulated)
2010 62 ft (18.90 m) 1200-1289
(90 buses)
  • Cummins ISL-330 8.9L
  • ZF Ecomat-4 6HP604C
  • Operated under New York City Bus.
  • Replaced many 1996-1997 New Flyer D60HF buses.
  • 1205 is out of service due to fire damage.
  • 1234-1279, 1284-1285 feature on-board digital screens and automated announcements.

Built from 2011-2015

Photo Builder and
model name
Year Length Numbers
(Total ordered)
Powertrain
(Engine and transmission
or propulsion system)
Notes
LFS 8067
Nova Bus
LFS
(semi low-floor)
2011 40 ft
(12.19 m)
8000-8014
(15 buses)
  • Cummins EPA 10 ISL9 9.0L
  • Allison B400R6 Gen-IV
  • Operated under New York City Bus.
  • 8000-8014 have a asymmetric front door arrangement (one door bigger than the other) and Thermo King AC units, whereas 8015-8089 have a symmetric door configuration and Carrier AC units.
8015-8089
(75 buses)
  • Cummins EPA 10 ISL9 9.0L
  • ZF EcoLife 6AP1400B
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New Flyer Industries
C40LF
(semi low-floor, CNG)
2011-
2013
40.83 ft (12.44 m) 185-672
(488 buses)
  • Cummins Westport ISL-G 8.9L
  • Allison B400R6 Gen-IV
  • Operated under:
    • MTA Bus: 185-229, 491-658
    • New York City Bus: 230-490, 659-672
  • Replaced the 1999-2000 New Flyer C40LFs and the CNG-fueled Orion Vs.
  • Order delivered as following: 185-319, 491-569, 320-490, 570-672
  • 205 is the 4000th CNG bus built By New Flyer.
  • 631 and 636 are equipped with LED headlights.
  • 572 features on-board digital screens and automated announcements.
  • Model discontinued after this order; last New Flyer C40LF buses (and old-styling New Flyer buses) ever built.
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New Flyer Industries
XD40 "Xcelsior"
(semi low-floor)
2011 41 ft (12.50 m) 4810-4899
(90 buses)
  • Cummins EPA10 ISL9 9.0L
  • Allison B400R6 Gen-IV
  • Operated under New York City Bus.
  • 4899 was originally equipped with a Navistar MaxxForce 9 engine, but was re-equipped with a Cummins engine in 2014.
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Daimler Buses North America
Orion VII Third Generation
(07.501, semi low-floor)
2011-2012 41.2 ft (12.56 m) 7000-7089
(90 buses)
  • Cummins EPA 10 ISL9 9.0L
  • ZF Ecolife 6AP1400B
  • Operated under New York City Bus.
Mta bus 3g hybrid
Daimler Buses North America
Orion VII Third Generation
(07.501, semi low-floor, hybrid electric)
2012-2013 41.2 ft (12.56 m) 1550-1653
(104 buses)
  • Cummins EPA 10 ISL9 9.0L
  • BAE Systems HybriDrive
  • Operated under MTA Bus.
  • Last hybrid order for MTA.
  • Daimler Buses shut down after this order.
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New Flyer Industries
XD60 "Xcelsior"
(semi low-floor, articulated)
2012 60.83 ft (18.54 m) 4710-4784
(75 buses)
  • Cummins EPA 10 ISL9 9.0L
  • Allison B500R6 Gen-V
  • Operated under New York City Bus.
  • Replaced most 1999-2000 New Flyer D60 buses.
  • 4710 is the first XD60 ever built.
  • 4710 and 4711 were delivered as 1000 and 1001, but were renumbered shortly after.
2013 4785-4799
(15 buses)
  • Cummins EPA 10 ISL9 9.0L
  • ZF EcoLife 6AP1700B
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Nova Bus
LFS
(semi-low floor, articulated)
2011-2013 62 ft (18.90 m) 5250-5363, 5770-5999
(344 buses)
  • Cummins EPA10 ISL9 9.0L
  • ZF Ecolife 6AP1700B
  • Operated under New York City Bus.
  • Replaced all 1996-1998 and most 1999 New Flyer D60 buses.
  • The first order was 5770-5999, then 5250-5363.
  • Many buses are assigned to Select Bus Service duty.
  • 5264-5266, 5799, 5822-5823, 5901-5935 feature on-board digital screens and automated announcements.
  • 5299 are out of service due to damage from seperate accidents.
  • 5311 features a different rear door configuration from other buses in this order.
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New Flyer Industries
XD40 "Xcelsior"
(semi-low floor)
2014-2015 41.2 ft (12.56 m) 7090-7482
(393 buses)
  • Cummins EPA10 ISL9 9.0L
  • Allison B400R6 Gen-V
  • Operated under:
    • MTA Bus: 7438-7482.
    • New York City Bus: 7090-7437, 8090-8507.
  • Part of a larger order that originally consisted of 690 buses but was expanded.
  • Replaced many 1996-1998 Nova Bus RTSs & almost all 1999 Orion Vs.
  • Many units assigned to Select Bus Service duty.
  • 7304-7351 feature on-board digital screens and automated announcements.
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Nova Bus
LFS
(semi-low floor)
40 ft
(12.19 m)
8090-8507
(418 buses)
  • Cummins Cummins ISL9 EPA 13 280HP
  • ZF EcoLife 6 AP1200B

Built from 2015-now

Photo Builder and
model name
Year Length Numbers
(Total ordered)
Powertrain
(Engine and transmission
or propulsion system)
Notes
2015-08-25-10-30-11
New Flyer Industries
Xcelsior (XD60)
(semi low-floor, articulated)
2015-2016 60.83 ft (18.54 m) 5364-5438
(75 buses)
  • Cummins EPA13 ISL9
  • ZF Ecolife 6AP1700B
  • Operated under:
    • MTA Bus: 5364-5438, 6140-6207
    • New York City Bus: 6000-6139.
  • Replaced remaining 1999 New Flyer D60HF buses, as well as some 1996-1997 NovaBus RTS; remaining buses in delivery to replace most 2002-2003 New Flyer D60HFs.
  • 5364-5411 were originally delivered in the blue and white scheme before being redecaled into the blue and gold scheme.
  • Units that were delivered with the old bus scheme were retrofitted with USB charging ports and free Wi-Fi while the units delivered in the new scheme came with said features.
  • These are the first buses to promote the next generation of buses announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
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2016-2017 6000-6207
(208 buses)
  • Cummins EPA13 ISL9
  • Allison B500R6 Generation 5
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New Flyer Industries
XN40 "Xcelsior"
(semi low-floor, CNG)
2016-2017 41.2 ft (12.56 m) 673-810
(138 buses)
  • Cummins Westport ISL-G
  • ZF EcoLife 6AP1200B
  • To replace all 2003 Orion VII CNGs
  • Currently being delivered.
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Nova Bus
LFS Artic
(semi-low floor, articulated)
2017 62 ft (18.90 m) 5439-5530
(92 buses)
  • Cummins EPA13 ISL9
  • ZF EcoLife 6AP1700B
  • To replace most 2002-2003 New Flyer D60HFs.
  • Only 5439 is in service; remainder of the fleet to be delivered.

Express bus fleet

All express buses in the fleet are 45 ft (13.72 m) long.

Photo Builder and
model name
Year Numbers
(Total ordered)
Powertrain
(Engine and transmission
or propulsion system)
Notes
NYCTA MCI Special 9-11 scheme
Motor Coach Industries
D4500
(commuter coach)
2001 2140-2209
(70 buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 60 12.7L
  • Allison World B500R6 Gen-III
  • Operated by MTA Bus.
  • Originally operated by New York City Bus.
  • 2185 (pictured) was damaged in the 9/11 terrorist attacks but was restored and repainted in a special 9/11 memorial livery and returned to service in 2005.
  • Only 2204 and 2209 remain in service.
NYC Transit MCI 2902
2002 2805-2930
(126 buses)
  • Operated under:
    • New York City Bus: 2805-2924.
    • MTA Bus: 2925-2930.
  • 2925-2930 were originally purchased by NYCDOT and leased to New York Bus Service. Originally numbered 7423-7428 and were re-numbered in late May 2015.
  • Being retired; 64 units remain in service.
MTA Bus MCI D4501
MTA Bus Company MCI D4500CL 3374


MTA New York City Bus MCI D4500CL (2007)
Motor Coach Industries
D4500CL
(commuter coach)
2004-
2007
2970-3474
(505 buses)
  • Caterpillar C13 ACERT 12.5L
  • Allison B500R6 WTEC Gen-III
  • Operated under:
    • MTA Bus: 3000-3474.
    • New York City Bus: 2970-2999.
  • Replaced all MCI Classic buses.
  • MTA bus units to be overhauled in 2014-2015.
MTA New York City Bus MCI D4500CT 2211

MTA Bus Company MCI D4500CT 2249
Motor Coach Industries
D4500CT
(commuter coach)
2008-
2009
2210-2335
(126 buses)
  • Caterpillar C13 ACERT 12.5L
  • Allison B500R6 WTEC Gen-IV
  • Operated under:
    • MTA Bus: 2229-2269.
    • New York City Bus: 2210-2228, 2270-2335.
MTA New York City Bus Prevost X3-45 (2011)
Prevost Car
X3-45
(commuter coach)
2011-
2012
2400-2489
(90 buses)
  • Volvo D13 SCR EPA 10 12.8L
  • Allison B500R6 Gen-IV
  • Operated under New York City Bus.
  • 2400 (pictured) and 2422 have no front stripe. 2400 was delivered without one, and 2422 was repaired without one following an accident.
  • Replaced most 1997-1998 MCI 102-DLW3SS buses.
MTA New York City Bus MCI D4500CT (2012-13)
Motor Coach Industries
D4500CT
(commuter coach)
2012-
2013
2336-2389
(54 buses)
  • Cummins ISL9 EPA10 9.0L
  • Allison B500R6 Gen-V
  • Operated under New York City Bus.
  • Replaced most 1997-1998 MCI 102-DLW3SS buses.
  • 2389 is out of service due to an accident
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Prevost Car
X3-45
(commuter coach)
2014-
2015
2490-2789
(300 buses)
  • Volvo D13 SCR EPA 10 12.8L
  • Allison B500R6 Gen-V
  • Operated under New York City Bus and MTA Bus.
  • Replaced all remaining MCI 102-DLW3SS and many 2001-2002 D4500 buses.
  • 2755 is out of service due to fire damage.

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