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Old 08-16-2016, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Glendale NY
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My guess is that they still use those buses since they're faster and have to travel on the expressway for a portion of it's route.
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Old 08-18-2016, 07:32 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Some provide service on the Q50 from Co-op City over the Whitestone Bridge to Flushing.


[IMG]Q50 in Whitestone by sphoto33, on Flickr[/IMG]

Their front route signs are often difficult to read. This one was built in 1999.
I love that route. It's the best to fan the RTS buses in the whole city IMO. Take it from Main street-Flushing all the way to the Co-op's.
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Old 08-19-2016, 10:14 AM
 
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The MTA was going to buy new MTS RTS's a few years ago as part of the BTE bus testing program. Guess the idea fell through.
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Old 08-19-2016, 10:28 AM
 
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The MTA was going to buy new MTS RTS's a few years ago as part of the BTE bus testing program. Guess the idea fell through.
They did buy new RTSs I think, but they look nothing like the original high floor ones.
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Old 08-19-2016, 03:44 PM
 
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They still use RTSs because they can still get parts to fix them. M31 M57 have them. MTA bus are not civil servants. They cant absorb them into transit without causing huge union conflict of interests.

They will keep buses running til they literally fall apart, the first time I started an RTS I thought it was breaking down cause the whole bus shook.

I love them though, fast and sturdy, good in rain and snow, and you sit up high and can see way better than low floors. Most operators hate the new buses because they remember the old ones. The buses are getting slower and more cheaply made, interior parts breaking on year old buses.

RTS is my second favorite after the old new flyer artics....those buses can literally fly lol
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Old 08-20-2016, 04:41 PM
 
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I agree, along with the Orion Vs and Orion V CNGs.
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Old 09-09-2016, 01:56 AM
 
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I rode an RTS bus today in Queens, the interior was much less dated looking than I was hoping for. The last time I was inside an RTS a few years ago, I remember it looking older.

It's sad that these buses might not be around much longer, I love the way they look. I remember them being the dominant fleet in many areas not too long ago. At least the trains get to stick around for 40+ years.

I remember in 2009 I would see some buses that were so old that they still had manual rollsigns, I thought that was cool.

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Old 09-09-2016, 02:21 AM
 
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I also didn't realize that type of bus has been around in NYC since the 80s, there must have been a million RTS up until the late 2000s.
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Old 09-17-2016, 09:39 PM
 
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Just under 5,000 RTS's to be honest. Now, there's just under 500 left in service.
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Old 09-17-2016, 09:40 PM
 
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The Orion VIIs (along with several other new bus models) killed these off in mass.
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