Established on February 20, 2006, the LaGuardia Depot is an MTA Bus Depot located on 85th Street and 23rd Avenue in the East Elmhurst / Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens, New York near LaGuardia Airport. The depot was built in 1954, is currently owned by GTJ Reit Inc, and was operated by Triboro Coach Corporation before being leased to the City of New York and MTA Bus Company.
Triboro Coach Corporation History
Triboro Coach Corporation was a bus company in New York City, United States, operating local service in Queens and express routes to Manhattan until February 20, 2006. Salvatore Fornatora began operating buses in Queens since 1919, with his first route (today's Q19 route) connecting 103rd Street-Corona Plaza on the recently opened Corona Line in Corona with Flushing. The Corona terminal was moved to Astoria in 1928, when the Corona Line was extended to Flushing, and the company (then the Woodside-Astoria Transportation Company) was also operating several other routes in the Astoria-Woodside-Maspeth area by 1930.
The new Triboro Coach Corporation was incorporated on April 10, 1931 running the Q18 and Q24, and on September 24, 1936 it acquired a city franchise for nine routes in northwestern Queens (the "Long Island City zone"). After World War II, Triboro was acquired by the stockholders of Green Bus Lines, after financial difficulties, but continued to operate independently. Major expansions were made in 1956 between Woodside and Rockaway Park (replacing the Long Island Rail Road's Rockaway Beach Branch, out of service since 1950), in 1961, when it acquired the Q72 (then the B72) from the New York City Transit Authority, and in 1992, when a threatened strike from AMTRAK occurred and created the Q62 super express, stopping at Woodside only. Five express routes to Manhattan were also initiated in the 1970s and 1980s: the QM10 & QM11 in 1970, QM12 in 1971, and QM22, QM24, and QM24W in June 1988.
In addition to diesel powered buses, Triboro housed a CNG fueling facility and CNG powered buses. CNG fueling was installed in 1994 to be used for orders of TMC RTS-06 CNG buses and later Orion V CNG buses that were ordered in conjunction with identical buses used by Command Bus Company and Queens Surface Corporation (now Spring Creek Depot and College Point Depot respectively). The facility remained following MTA Bus takeover when the former Triboro Coach facility became the LaGuardia Depot. However, the facility was destroyed and shut down in April 2006 (only 2 months after the MTA Takeover) following an explosion within one of the natural gas lines and destroyed a former Triboro/ ex-Jamaica Bus RTS-04. Since then, all of the ex-Triboro CNG buses were transferred to Spring Creek and College Point Depots and ran from there up until their retirement.
Just prior to MTA Bus takeover, Triboro Coach operated the following routes. Most of these continue to be based out of the company's former facility:
- Q18 Astoria - Maspeth, via 30th Avenue (Formerly Steinway Transit Corporation Flushing Line; Q18 Astoria-Woodside and Q24 Woodside-Maspeth; combined into Q18)
- Q19 Astoria - Flushing, via Astoria Boulevard
- Q23 East Elmhurst - Forest Hills via 108th Street (acquired in 1936 from North Shore Bus Company)
- Q29 Jackson Heights - Glendale via 80th Street (acquired in 1936 from Kings Coach Company)
- Q33 Jackson Heights - LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal (acquired in 1936 from Municipal Motorbus Company) via 82nd/83rd Streets
- Q38 Eliot and Penelope Avenues (acquired in 1936 from Affiliated Bus Transit Corporation)
- Q39 Long Island City - Ridgewood, via Forest Avenue (acquired in 1936 from National City Bus Lines)
- Q45 Jackson Heights - Juniper Valley via 69th Street
- Q47 Jackson Heights - LaGuardia Airport Marine Air Terminal via 69th Street and 80th Street
- Q49 (Formerly Q19B) Jackson Heights - East Elmhurst via 35th Avenue
- Q53 Woodside - Rockaway Park (Express) (established in 1956)
- Q62 Penn Station - JFK airport (Express) via Rego Park/Kew Gardens
- Q69 (Formerly Q19A) Long Island CIty - Woodside via 21st Street & Ditmars Blvd.
- Q70 LaGuardia Airport - Penn Station
- Q72 LaGuardia Airport - Rego Park via Junction Boulevard (acquired in 1961 from New York City Transit Authority)
LaGuardia has also added the Q100, Q101, and Q104 from Queensboro Depot starting in the early 2010's, as well as the Q105 in 2017. LaGuardia also operated the N shuttle from October 2017 to April 2018.
All QM bus routes have been discontinued or moved to different depots both to improve millage and reduce maintenance costs. QM10, QM11 and QM12 operate out of College Point Depot while QM24 and QM25 operate out of Williamsburg Depot
- QM-10 Lefrak City Express via 6th Avenue or 3rd Avenue
- QM-11 Forest Hills - LeFrak City - Wall Street
- QM-12 Forest Hills Express via 6th Avenue or 3rd Avenue
- QM-22 Jackson Heights Express via 6th Avenue or 3rd Avenue (discontinued in 2010)
- QM-24 Glendale Express via 8th Avenue or 3rd Avenue (now QM34)
- QM-25 (Formerly QM-24W) Glendale - Wall Street Express
Fleet Operation History
CNG RTS (2006, moved from LGA after a CNG Tank explosion)
Orion V CNG (2006, moved from LGA after a CNG Tank explosion)
Bee-line Orion V (2009-2013)
Orion VII Gen II Hybrid (2018-2020)
Orion VII Gen II+ Hybrid (2006-present)
Orion VII NG Hybrid (2009-present)
2015 XD40 (2015-present)
New Flyer D60 (2006-2018)
2015-16 XD60 (2017-2018)
2017 XD60 (2017-present)
2019 XD60 (2019-present)
Express RTS (2006)
Express MCI Classic (2006-2007)
1996-98 MCI 102 (2009-2010)
2004-07 MCI D4500CL (2006-2021)
2020 X3-45 (2020-2021)