on Sun Mar 18 18:01:29 2012, in response to Re: Original MaBSTOA Route Assignments Help, posted by B53RICH on Wed Jul 22 18:44:20 2009.
Fifth Avenue Rt 16 Elmhurst Crosstown was always a remote and lighly used route. It was mainly for residents of Elmhurst to transfer to Rt 15 to Manhattan.When NYC Municipal Airport (now LaGuardia) opened in 1940 it was extended to the airport. It ran ther until 1942 when all service on the 16 was suspended to conserve fuel and rubber for the war effort. When the 16 returned in 1945, the airport extension did not.It, along with the 15 were housed in the Fifth Avenue garage built on Northern & 77 St in Jackson Heights in 1925 when service began.When MABSTOA took over in 1963 it closed Jackson Heights garage and all 15 & 16 buses were transferred to 54 St., causing
alot of deadheading for 16.About 1983 the rt designation was change to Q89. It was planned to extend the line to Queens Blvd & 63 Dr, a major shopping area, but it never happened. It was discontinued in 1988, along with other TA bus cutbacks.