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September 24, 1948

 
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W.B. Fishbowl



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:19 am    Post subject: September 24, 1948 Reply with quote

The Board of Transportation of the City of New York takes over operation of six bus routes in Manhattan that had been operated until two days before by Comprehensive Omnibus Corporation and East Side Omnibus Corporation (whose owner, Samuel "Subway Sam" Rosoff, was a politically connected contractor whose construction firm had built several sections of the original IND subway, as well as various other key infrastructures across the country and around the world). The routes, now under the aegis of the Manhattan Bus Division of the Board of Transportation, were ex-Comprehensive M-1 (Madison and Chambers Streets Crosstown, now M22), M-3 (49th and 50th Streets Crosstown, later M27 and now M50) and M-7 (65th and 66th Streets Crosstown, later M29 and now M66); and ex-East Side M-11 (York Avenue, now M31), M-13 (First Avenue, technically eliminated when First and Second Avenues were converted one-way in 1951 but still seen on bus front roll signs on northbound buses as late as 1958) and M-15 (Second Avenue, later moved to First Avenue uptown after 1951 but not really seen as such until after 1959). Rosoff had been repeatedly denied requests for a fare increase from five to seven cents, thus it was highly ironic that, when BoT assumes operation of his former routes, such a fare hike takes effect.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recall turnstiles on Comprehensive's 65th Street route. Did the East Side buses also have turnstiles?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Board of Transportation's PCCs had turnstiles for fare collection. Perhaps the earliest buses that BoT operated might have them as well.

Besides Eastside Omnibus and Comprehensive Omnibus the only other bus company with turnstiles was North Shore. In the photos below you can barely see the turnstiles in position.

(The North Shore White was hired by Schenk)

I wonder if Avenue B had them on their prewar buses??



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So there's the answer: Both owned by the same individual, Comprehensive and East Side buses had turnstiles inside.
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