The Spring Creek Depot is a MTA bus division depot located on Flatlands Avenue east of Crescent Street in Spring Creek neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Originally leased to the Command Bus Company, the depot was previously built and owned by the New York City Department of Transportation in 1996, before being sold to MTA Bus in early 2009. This Depot, along with Williamsburg Depot, is one of the two MTA bus depots located in Brooklyn.

Command Bus HistoryEdit

Command Bus traces its history to Pioneer Bus Corporation, established in 1954 by three small school bus and charter bus operators. Until 1960, when it obtained a franchise for the current B100, it only operated school, charter, and racetrack buses. Several express buses were implemented in 1972. Command Bus Company was incorporated October 22, 1979 by the late Mr. William Cooper (1895-1985) to resume bus service following a long strike at Pioneer, which went out of the express and local bus business when the strike started.

Like its corporate owners Green Bus Lines, Triboro Coach, and Jamaica Central Railways, the late Mr. Jerome Cooper (1928-2015) was the chairman of the board of both Varsity Transit and Command Bus Company. Originally co-housed with Varsity Transit, the operations of Command were eventually moved into a new NYCDOT facility at Spring Creek Depot, 12755 Flatlands Avenue in Brooklyn (this garage was leased by MTA Bus following the transfer of Command Bus Company routes to MTA Bus in 2005), it was previously built and owned by the New York City Department of Transportation before being sold to MTA Bus in early 2009).

Bus routesEdit

Command operated the following routes, which after the MTA takeover continued to be operated out of the Spring Creek Bus Depot:

Brooklyn localEdit

  • B100 Kings Highway station, via Fillmore Av - Mill Basin Local
  • B101 Kings Highway station - Bergen Beach Local via Avenue K/Kings Highway
  • B103 Canarsie - Downtown Brooklyn Limited Stop Service (Formerly Downtown Brooklyn Express before MTA Bus)

Brooklyn-Manhattan expressEdit

  • BM-1 Mill Basin/Bergen Beach - Manhattan Express
  • BM-2 Canarsie - Manhattan Express,
  • BM-2S Starrett City - Manhattan Express, via Flatlands Av
  • BM-3 Kingsbay - Manhattan Express
  • BM-4 Gerritsen Beach - Manhattan Express (Formerly operated by Erin Tours until end of 1989)
  • BM-5 (Formerly BQM-1) East New York, Spring Creek/Starrett City - Manhattan Express

In the mid-1990s, Command operated "Gotham Flyer" service, using unfilled buses to carry express passengers between Midtown and Wall Street.

Fleet Operation History (during MTA bus)Edit

RTS (2005-2009)

CNG RTS (2005-2007)

Orion V CNG (2006-2013)

Orion VII Gen I CNG (2017-2018)

Orion VII Gen II CNG (2017-present)

Orion VII Gen II Hybrid (2018-present)

Orion VII Gen II+ Hybrid (2005-2013, 2017-2018)

2011-13 C40 (2012-present)

Express CNG RTS (2005-2007)

Express Orion V CNG (2005-2007)

MCI 102 (2008-2011)

MCI D45 (2010-2015)

MCI CL (2005-present)

MCI CT (2009-present)