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Re: Andy's Almanac - July 11

Posted by W.B. on Thu Jul 11 08:41:31 2019, in response to Andy's Almanac - July 11, posted by andy on Thu Jul 11 06:51:33 2019.

From previous Tuscarora Almanacs relating to this date, the Manhattan-Wards Island leg was first launched May 15, 1937. On July 1, 1974, the Manhattan-Wards Island branch became M34; the Manhattan-Astoria, M35; and Bronx-Astoria, Bx21. The last-numbered was recycled from that of the old Pelham Bay Park line which had been discontinued in 1970 (and the only former NYCO route to bear numbering associated with the old Surface Transportation System / Surface Transit).

The M34 was discontinued on March 21, 1976, after which its basic route would be folded into M35 which thus now had two branches (until September 10, 1995 when, only three years after the launch of M60, the Manhattan/Astoria leg was discontinued). Bx21 was ixnayed on February 18, 1984 (and the number re-reapplied to the Boston Road-Morris Park Avenue line, itself formerly Bx26).

Another thing: This line was basically the only NYC Omnibus route started from scratch, and not either converted from an old streetcar route (the entire New York Railways network) or acquired from other companies (such as the four routes NYCO took over in June from Green Bus Lines, or the two lower Manhattan routes they would add on in August 1940 after a strike against prior operators Triangle Bus Corporation).

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