The West Farms Depot, formerly Coliseum Depot, is a Bronx Division depot located along East 177th Street and next to the north end of the Sheridan Expressway at its interchange with the Cross Bronx Expressway, in the West Farms section of the Bronx. The site is bounded by 177th Street at its north end, Devoe Avenue to the west, and is just south of East Tremont Avenue (also called Hector Lavoe Boulevard) and West Farms Square. The depot opened on September 7, 2003. It is one of five compressed natural gas (CNG) Depots in the Buses system, along with Jackie Gleason, Spring Creek, Zerega, and College Point facilities.
Original the site was an amusement park called Starlight Park, which hosted the Bronx International Exposition of Science, Arts and Industries in 1918. In 1928, the park operators received the auditorium from the 1926 Sesquicentennial Exposition in Philadelphia, which became the Bronx Coliseum. The coliseum and park went into receivership in 1940, and the coliseum was used as a vehicle maintenance center for the United States Army during World War II. It was acquired by the Third Avenue Railway in April 1946, and was converted into a bus depot and repair shop for the successor Surface Transportation Corporation around 1950. The company also operated a second facility nearby, at what is now West Farms Road and the Cross Bronx Expressway. Surface Transit was taken over by New York City Omnibus Corporation in 1956, and the depot became municipally operated when its parent company Fifth Avenue Coach folded in 1962. The Coliseum Depot closed in 1995 and was demolished in 1997, while a new CNG-compatible facility was constructed as part of the MTA's 1995-1999 Capital Program. This included a "fast-fill" CNG filling station at the cost of $7.3 million. It became the second NYCT depot to facilitate CNG when it opened in 2003.
Fleet operation history:Edit
RTS (2003-2012, 2014-2017)
Orion V (2005-2012)
Orion V CNG (2009-2013)
Orion VII Gen I CNG (2003-2017)
Orion VII Gen II CNG (2004-present)
1999 C40LF (2012-2013)
2011 C40LF (2012-Present)
2016 XN40 (2017-present)
2011 Nova Bus LFSA (2011-present)
2017 XN60 (2017-present)