New York City Omnibus Corporation was a bus operator in the borough of Manhattan in New York City.

It was first organized as a bus subsidiary of New York Railways Corporation to take over that company's routes as they were converted from streetcar to bus operation.

It controlled, and ultimately merged into its own operation, two smaller bus companies: Madison Avenue Coach Company, Incorporated and Eighth Avenue Coach Corporation.

It also took over most, but not all, of the operations of Green Bus Lines when that company gave up its Manhattan franchises for franchises in Queens.

The company, like Fifth Avenue Coach Co., but unlike other companies, assigned its own route numbers to the routes, numbering north-south lines 1 to 11 and east-west lines 12 to 20.

In 1940, it took over the Houston St.-Av. C line from the Triangle Bus Company, giving it the route number 21.

In 1956, the company bought out Third Avenue Transit Corporation and had that company sell its bus routes (operated by Third Avenue's subsidiary, Surface Transportation Corporation of New York) to NYCO. It then dissolved Surface Transportation Corp. and created a new subsidiary, Surface Transit, Inc., to run the ex-Third Avenue routes. The company also took over operations of the Fifth Avenue Coach Company, but decided that the Fifth Avenue name was better known, and so adopted the name for the consolidated company of Fifth Avenue Coach Lines.

The company's routes were taken over by the Manhattan & Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority following a transit strike in 1962.


Route Number
used by NYCO
on signs
Franchise Number Current Number Route Name Previous bus operator(s) Previous streetcar operator(s)
1M25 M1Madison-Fourth Ave.MadisonNY & Harlem
3M21 M102Lexington-Lenox NY Rys
6M23 M6Sixth Ave. NY Rys
7M22 M7Broadway-Columbus-Lenox NY Rys
10M24 M10Seventh Ave. NY Rys
10M41 M10Eighth Ave.8th Ave.8th & 9th Ave.
11M42 M11Ninth-Amsterdam8th Ave.8th & 9th Ave.
12M2 (discontinued)Spring-Delancey CrosstownGreen(never a streetcar)
13M16 M88th St. Crosstown NY Rys
14M17 M1414th St. Crosstown-Ave. A NY Rys
15M18 M23 23d St. Crosstown NY Rys
16M19 M1634th St. Crosstown NY Rys
M34 34th St. Crosstown NY Rys
17M4 M7979th St. CrosstownGreen(never a streetcar)
18M5 M8686th St. CrosstownGreenNY & Harlem
19M6 M9696th St. CrosstownGreen(never a streetcar)
20M20 M116116th St. Crosstown NY Rys
21M10 M21Avenue C-HoustonHamilton/Triangle(never a streetcar)

Defunct New York City Transit Operators
Steam railroads later converted to rapid transit systems Brooklyn and Brighton Beach RailroadBrooklyn, Bath and Coney Island Rail RoadBrooklyn, Bath and Coney Island RailroadBrooklyn, Bath and West End RailroadBrooklyn, Flatbush and Coney Island RailwayConey Island Elevated RailwayGreenwood and Coney Island RailroadMarine RailwayNew York and Coney Island RailroadNew York and Manhattan Beach RailwayNew York and Sea Beach RailroadNew York and Sea Beach RailwayNew York, Brooklyn and Manhattan Beach RailroadProspect Park and Coney Island RailroadSea Beach RailwaySea View Railroad
Rapid transit systems Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit CorporationBrooklyn Rapid Transit CompanyBrooklyn Union Elevated RailroadInterborough Rapid Transit CompanyKings County Elevated Railway
Streetcar systems

Avenue C Railroad CompanyBelt Line RailwayBleecker Street and Fulton Ferry RailroadBroadway and Seventh Avenue RailroadBroadway Surface RailroadBroadway Railway CompanyBrooklyn and North River RailroadBrooklyn & Queens Transit CorporationBrooklyn Central and Jamaica RailroadBrooklyn City Rail RoadBrooklyn Crosstown RailroadBrooklyn, Queens County and Suburban RailroadBush Terminal RailroadBushwick RailroadCalvary Cemetery, Greenpoint and Brooklyn RailroadCentral Crosstown Railroad CompanyCentral Park, North and East River RailroadChambers Street and Grand Street Ferry RailroadChristopher and Tenth Street Railroad CompanyColumbus and Ninth Avenue RailroadConey Island and Brooklyn Rail RoadConey Island, Fort Hamilton and Brooklyn RailroadDry Dock, East Broadway and Battery RailroadEighth Avenue Railroad CompanyFlushing and College Point Electric RailwayFort George and Eleventh Avenue RailroadForty-Second Street and Grand Street Ferry Railroad CompanyFourth Avenue Street RailwayFulton Street RailroadGrand Street and Newtown Rail RoadGreenpoint and Lorimer Street RailroadHouston, West Street and Pavonia Ferry RailroadInterurban Street RailwayJamaica Central Railways CompanyKings County Electric RailwayLexington Avenue and Pavonia Ferry RailroadLong Island City and Calvary Cemetery RailroadLong Island City and Maspeth RailroadLong Island City and Newtown RailwayLong Island Electric RailwayManhattan and Queens Traction CompanyManhattan Bridge Three Cent LineMarine RailwayMaspeth Avenue and Toll Bridge CompanyMaspeth Railroad and Bridge CompanyMetropolitan Crosstown Railway Metropolitan Street RailroadMetropolitan Street RailwayNassau Electric RailroadNewtown RailwayNew York City Department of Plant and StructuresNew Williamsburgh and Flatbush RailroadNew York and Harlem Railroad CompanyNew York and North Shore Traction CompanyNew York and Queens County Railway CompanyNew York and Queens Transit CorporationNew York City Railway CompanyNew York Railways CompanyNinth Avenue Railroad CompanyPark Avenue RailroadPort Richmond & Prohibition Park Electric RailroadQueensboro Bridge Railway CompanyRichmond County RailroadRichmond Light & Railroad CompanyRichmond RailwaysRikers Avenue and Sanford Point RailroadSecond Avenue RailroadSixth Avenue Railroad CompanySouth Brooklyn Street RailroadSouth Ferry Railroad CompanyStaten Island Electric RailroadStaten Island Midland RailroadStaten Island Midland RailwayStaten Island Traction CompanySteinway and Hunters Point RailroadSteinway Railway CorporationThird Avenue RailroadThird Avenue RailwayThird Avenue Transit CorporationThirty-fourth Street Crosstown RailwayTwenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Streets Crosstown RailroadTwenty-Third Street Railroad CompanyUnion Railroad (Brooklyn)Union Railway Company of New York CityVan Brunt Street and Erie Basin Rail Road

Bus systems Affiliated Bus Transit CorporationArgus Line Transportation CorporationAvenue B & East Broadway Transit CompanyB&L TransportationBilow Bus LineBrooklyn Bus CorporationCommand Bus CompanyComprehensive Omnibus CorporationConcourse Bus LinesCourier Bus CompanyEastern Parkway, Brownsville and East New York Transit Relief AssociationEast Side Omnibus CorporationFifth Avenue Coach CompanyFifth Avenue Coach Lines, IncorporatedFlushing Heights Bus CompanyGeneral Omnibus CorporationGreater Cities Bus LinesGreen Bus LinesHamilton Bus CompanyIndependent BusesIsle Transportation Co.Jamaica Bus LineJamaica BusesKings Coach CompanyLiberty Bus TransportationLiberty Lines ExpressLong Island Coach CompanyMadison Avenue Coach Company, IncorporatedManhattan & Queens Bus CorporationMidland Coach Corporation‎Municipal Motorbus CompanyNational City Bus LinesNew York Bus ServiceNew York City Department of Plant and StructuresNew York City Omnibus CorporationNorth Shore Bus CompanyPioneer Bus CompanyPlum Beach Auto StageQueens Auto TractionQueens Bus CorporationQueens Bus LinesQueens-Nassau Transit LinesQueens Surface CorporationQueens Transit CorporationRauchwerger Bus CompanyRichmond Hill Bus LineRuoff BrothersS&C BusesS&F TransportationStaten Island Coach CompanySteinway Omnibus CorporationSteinway Transit CorporationSurface Transit, IncorporatedSurface Transportation Corporation of New YorkTompkins Bus CompanyTriangle Bus CompanyTriboro Coach CorporationWoodside-Astoria Transportation CompanyZ&M Coach Company

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