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Bus routes in Staten Island all originally took the prefix R- for the borough of Richmond. This was changed to S-, probably about the time that the borough was officially named Staten Island (1975).

Around 1989, the route numbers were changed. The listing below is ordered by the original numbers, with the new numbers shown as well.

The largest street railway company in Staten Island was originally the Richmond Light & Railroad Co. In addition, the Staten Island Midland Railway operated a few routes.

In 1920, the Staten Island Midland Railway failed, and their streetcar routes were taken over by the New York City Department of Plant and Structures. The Department of Plant and Structures also started some trolleybus routes, beginning in 1921.

In 1925, the Tompkins Bus Co. was formed, and was awarded a franchise to operate gasoline buses on Staten Island. Buses replaced the Department of Plant and Structures streetcar and trolleybus routes, and new bus routes were formed serving previously unserved areas.

In 1927, the Richmond Light & Railroad Co. was renamed to Richmond Railways, and in 1933, a Richmond Railways subsidiary Staten Island Coach Co. began operating buses, which gradually replaced the Richmond Railways streetcar routes. The two separate bus systems continued to operate until 1937, when the Staten Island Coach Co. began operating the Tompkins Bus Co. routes. The former Tompkins Bus Co. routes were given new route numbers in the 100's.

The Staten Island Coach Co. went out of business in 1946, and the Isle Transportation Co., a company organized by some Staten Island Coach Co. employees, briefly began operating the buses on Staten Island. However, the Isle Transportation Co. did not last long, itself going bankrupt in 1947, and the city took over the buses on Feb. 23 of that year. This was the first city-operated bus service (other than the Williamsburg Bridge line, which retained city operation under the Board of Transportation) after the end of the Department of Plant and Structures.

Table of routes and renumberings:Edit

Old Route Number New Route Number Route Name Buses Introduced/Streetcars Discontinued History
R-1 S-40 Richmond Terrace 1/21/34 replacing Richmond Streetcar
R-2 S-51 Bay St 1/7/34 replacing Richmond Streetcar
R-2 S-51 Father Capodanno Blvd 1936 New Bus-Staten Island
R-3 S-46 Castleton Av 1/14/34 replacing Richmond Streetcar
R-3 S-46 Walker St/South Av 6/21/36 New Bus-Staten Island
R-4 S-44 Richmond Av (Victory-north) 12/31/33 replacing Richmond Streetcar
R-4 S-44 Richmond Av (Victory-south) 1934 New Bus-Staten Island
R-4 S-54 Giffords La/Nelson Av 6/3/29 New Bus-Tompkins
R-4 S-59 Richmond Av (Victory-north) 12/31/33 replacing Richmond Streetcar
R-4 S-59 Richmond Av (Victory-south) 1934 New Bus-Staten Island
R-5 S-52 Jersey St 12/31/33 replacing Richmond Streetcar
R-5 S-52 Cebra Av 3/14/37 New Bus-Staten Island
R-6 S-66 Victory Blvd/Jewett Av 1/26/34 Tompkins (replacing DP&S Streetcar)
R-6 S-66 Howard Av/Clove Rd 7/30/51 New Bus-NYCTA
R-7 S-53 Clove Rd/Verrazano Narrows 11/21/64 New Bus-NYCTA
R-101 S-42 St Marks Pl/Bay St 4/??/25 New Bus-Tompkins
R-102 S-44 Cary Av/Henderson Av 3/20/25 New Bus-Tompkins
R-103 S-78 Hylan Blvd 3/24/37 New Bus-Staten Island
R-104 S-52 Tompkins Av 1927 New Bus-Tompkins
R-106 S-57 Watchogue Rd 1938 New Bus-Staten Island
R-106 S-57 Victory Blvd/Watchogue Rd 1938 New Bus-Staten Island
R-107 S-48 Forest Av 5/??/25 New Bus-Tompkins
R-110 S-54 Manor Rd 8/21/27 Tompkins (replacing DP&S Streetcar)
R-111 S-57 Bradley Av/Brielle Av 8/1/27 Tompkins (replacing DP&S Trolleybus)
R-111 S-57 Brielle Av/Rockland Av 1932 New Bus-Tompkins
R-112 S-61 Victory Blvd 1930 New Bus-Tompkins
R-112 S-62 Victory Blvd (Jewett-east) 1/26/34 Tompkins (replacing DP&S Streetcar)
R-112 S-62 Victory Blvd (Jewett-west) 8/1/27 Tompkins (replacing DP&S Trolleybus)
R-113 S-74 Richmond Rd 10/16/27 Tompkins (replacing DP&S Streetcar)
R-113 S-74 Arthur Kill Rd 10/16/27 Tompkins (replacing DP&S Trolleybus)
R-115 S-55 Annandale Rd/Richmond Av 1930 New Bus-Tompkins
R-115 S-56 Richmond/Arthur Kill/Foster 1930 New Bus-Tompkins
R-117 S-76 Richmond Rd/New Dorp Lane 1920's New Bus-New Dorp Beach Bus
new S-79 Hylan/Verrazano Narrows   New Bus-NYCTA
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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