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Originally, bus routes were given franchise numbers by New York City. These franchise numbers used borough prefixes (M for Manhattan). The utilization of these franchises was different by different operators.

Fifth Avenue Coach did not use the franchise numbers, and put its routes together in such a way that they actually did not correspond to the franchised routes (a single Fifth Avenue route might be pieced together from different franchises). Therefore there is no easy correspondence between Fifth Avenue routes and franchise numbers.

New York City Omnibus Co. also used its own proprietary route numbers, but the routes mostly did correspond to franchised routes, albeit with different route numbers.

All other operators tended to use the franchise numbers assigned by the City to their routes.

When Manhattan & Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority took over Fifth Avenue, NYCO, and Surface Transit, Inc. routes, a uniform M-prefixing was done to all routes (except for former FACo 15, which operated mostly in Queens, and FACo 16, which operated entirely in Queens, both of which got Q-prefixed numbers). This meant that NYCO Route 1, whose franchise number was actually M25, became M1, and created some duplications. As a result, several routes got renumbered (for example, New York City Transit Authority Rte. M1 became M22). In addition, because of one-waying of avenues, sometimes different routes became combined (for example, FACo. Rte. 1 and NYCO Rte. 1 were both combined in MaBSTOA's new M1).

These tables (restricted to routes that operated in Manhattan) show the correspondence between old route numbers and new ones.

Routes taken from Fifth Avenue Coach Lines
Original Number Current Number Route Name
1
M1Fifth Ave
2
M2Fifth-110th-Seventh
3
M3 Fifth-110th-St. Nicholas
M18Fifth-110th-Convent
4
M4 Fifth-110th-Riverside
5
M5 Fifth-57th-Riverside
6
M30 72d St.-57th St. Crosstown
8
M5Fifth-57th-Riverside
15
Q32 Fifth-Queens
20
M5757th St. Crosstown
Routes taken from other operators using franchise numbers
Original Number Proprietary Route Number
(NYCO)
Current Number Route Name Previous bus operator(s) Previous streetcar operator(s)
M1
 M22 Madison-Chambers CrosstownGreen/Comprehensive(never a streetcar)
M2
12(discontinued)Spring-Delancey CrosstownGreen/NYC Omnibus(never a streetcar)
M3
 M27 49th-50th Sts. CrosstownGreen/Comprehensive(never a streetcar)
M50
M4
17
M79 79th St. CrosstownGreen/NYC Omnibus(never a streetcar)
M5
18
M8686th St. CrosstownGreen/NYC OmnibusNY & Harlem
M6
19
M9696th St. CrosstownGreen/NYC Omnibus(never a streetcar)
M7
 M6666th St. CrosstownComprehensive(never a streetcar)
M8 (discontinued)Grand St. CrosstownAvenue B & E BroadwayDry Dock
M9
 M9 Avenue B-E BroadwayAvenue B & E BroadwayDry Dock
M10
21
M21 Avenue C-HoustonHamilton/Triangle/NYC Omnibus(never a streetcar)
M11
 M31York AveEast Side2d Ave
M12 (discontinued)86th St.-YorkEast Side2d Ave
M13
 M15First AveEast Side(never a streetcar)
M14 (discontinued)First-Second AvesEast Side2d Ave
M15
 M15Second AveEast Side2d Ave
M16
13
M8 8th St. CrosstownNYC OmnibusNY Rys
M17
14
M14A 14th St. Crosstown-Ave. ANYC OmnibusNY Rys
M18
15
M23 23d St. CrosstownNYC OmnibusNY Rys
M19
16
M16 34th St. CrosstownNYC OmnibusNY Rys
M34 34th St. CrosstownNYC OmnibusNY Rys
M20
20
M116116th St. CrosstownNYC OmnibusNY Rys
M21
3
M102Lexington-LenoxNYC OmnibusNY Rys
M22
7
M7Broadway-Columbus-LenoxNYC OmnibusNY Rys
M23
6
M6 Sixth AveNYC OmnibusNY Rys
M24
10
M10 Seventh AveNYC OmnibusNY Rys
M25
1
M1Madison-Fourth AveMadison/NYC OmnibusNY & Harlem
M41
10
M10 Eighth Ave8th Ave/NYC Omnibus8th & 9th Ave
M42
11
M11Ninth-Amsterdam8th Ave/NYC Omnibus8th & 9th Ave
M100
 M100Broadway-KingsbridgeSurface TransitTARS
M101
 M101Third AveSurface TransitTARS
M102
 Bx15125th St. CrosstownSurface TransitTARS
M103 (discontinued)59th St. CrosstownSurface TransitTARS
M104
 M10442d St.-BroadwaySurface TransitTARS
M105 (discontinued)Tenth Ave-BroadwaySurface TransitTARS
M106
 M42 42d St. CrosstownSurface TransitTARS
New route numbers
Current Number Route Name
M5857th St. Crosstown-York
M7266th-72d St. Crosstown
M60125th St. Crosstown-LaGuardia
M10696th-106th St. Crosstown
Color codes for previous route numbers in above tables
Franchise numbers which continue to be used at present
Fifth Avenue/NYC Omnibus route numbers still used with M-prefixes added
Franchise numbers which have been changed by NYCTA/MaBSTOA because of duplication or other reasons
Fifth Avenue/NYC Omnibus route numbers which have been replaced by NYCTA/MaBSTOA because of duplication or other reasons
Franchise numbers which were not actually displayed on buses

Colors for current routes are as used on current MTA bus maps.

See alsoEdit

Bus consolidation in New York City

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