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Re: Old Bus Ways

Posted by andy on Sat May 26 11:52:29 2007, in response to Old Bus Ways, posted by Channel 7 Eyewitness News on Sat May 26 07:10:10 2007.

The bus to bus transfer system evolved from a borough-only system (Brooklyn, Queens, S.I. only) or Queens privates only. It was basically like this:

Before 1975:
TA bus divisions in Queens, Brooklyn, and S.I. had their own borough-division only transfers, that were limited to certain routes and certain intersections. For example, in Jamaica one could not transfer from a Queens Division bus (say Q5) to a Brooklyn Division bus (say Q56, then B56).
MABSTOA had no transfers at all - each trip was a separate fare. This was inherited from the former private operator, Fifth Ave. Coach, that gave way to MABSTOA in 1962.
The Queens privates exchanged transfers within each individual company only. (Green to Green, Queens Transit to Queens Transit, Triboro to Triboro, etc.). No inter-company tranfers, even between the Cooper family companies.

After 1975:
TA had two classes of transfers - the older free transfer points asdescribed above, and an Add-A-Ride whereby for another half fare one could get a transfer to a MABSTOA route or a TA route that formerly did not exchange transfers.

After 1981:
TA and MABSTOA finally got one, universal free transfer that allowed transfers at designated points between both systems.

Around 1987 or so (don't remember exact year): Above system was expanded to included all private local routes (Command Bus plus the Queens privates). Continued to be a paper tear off transfer that listed all transfer points - often quite lengthy!

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