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Now it's time to say good-bye...to the faithful RTS.....
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:27 pm    Post subject: Now it's time to say good-bye...to the faithful RTS..... Reply with quote

Fellows:

Through another board, I read that, sadly, by May, the once-commonplace RTS will be forever gone from the teeming streets of Gotham.

So hard to believe that the very first hit the streets just about 40 years ago (where does the time go?)

Like to many of us, I took the RTS for granted, and only started to appreciate them in their twilight years.

While I never got to ride an MTA RTS in the city, I did, a number of times, ride an ex-MTA unit on ACADEMY's #22 HILLSIDE, back in the later 90's.

I also rode those that NJT operated, starting around 1997.

We all knew the end of the fabled RTS was coming....but, now that that sad day is almost here, we come to realize that another colorful era in New York City bus history is about to come to a close.......memories, memories.....

"NYO"
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In 1981, 2019 was still decades away.........

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?743

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking towards the future (1981).........

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?2427

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1981, when the Future Was Now.......

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?1365

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This RTS (at least to me) seems to look quite proud of itself (is it, perhaps, that determined stance of confidence?)........ Wink

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?3462

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hard to believe that the winter of 2018/2019 was the last winter that the timeless RTS would see in service in New York......

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?1370

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At the time of the 2008 Bus Rodeo, this RTS was "just another bus" in the MTA fleet......

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?2589

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back in 2000, this was simply just another New York street scene......

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?3461

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ft. Washington & 193rd, 1983....who amongst us here, at the time, ever thought of such a scene, one day in the future, being fondly (and nostalgically) recalled......

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?765

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MABSTOA moments forever frozen in time (1981).......

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?757

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?759

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Broadway & 33rd, 1981.

Pure nostalgia.......

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?767

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I particularly like this 1983 shot of #2218 making the appointed rounds at Broadway & 159th St.; it just has a distinct "Noo Yawk" feel that I really love......

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?768

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just another wintry day in the Big Apple, 1983.

Again, such wintertime scenes, featuring the humble RTS, are now relegated to memory......

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?776

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Broadway & 33rd, 1983.......

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?1261

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The "GOLD EDITION" RTS........ Wink

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?3407

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