|1999 Novabus RTS-06 5204 On The B38LTD|
|1999 Novabus RTS-06|
I wouldn't count on the MTA retiring all of the RTSs by May 10th. Its due to the fact that the some depots in the city has a large surplus of RTSs that are still roaming the streets today. Two of other MTA's oldest buses are/will be retiring this April; 2003 New Flyer D60HF "Galaxy" and the 2003/2004 Orion VII CNG buses. 2019 units of New Flyer XD40s and Novabus LFSs deliveries are currently underway to replace older buses. Another set of buses to go are the 2002-2004 Orion VII 1st Generation. If and/or when all RTSes retire by May 10th, a tribute video of the Novabus RTSes will be aired on Memorial Day 2019. These buses maybe gone, but they will always live forever in our hearts.
UPDATE: East New York Depot has just retired all of their RTSes. Just leaves Jamaica (Queens), Michael J. Quill (Manhattan), and Flatbush/Ulmer Park (Brooklyn) left remaining with these oldies. Lastly, lawmakers and state legislature in Albany has approved the plan of congestion pricing for vehicle drivers entering Manhattan below 61st Street. We still have time on our hands because this won't go into effect until 2021. As of April 30th,2019, all remaining RTSes, D60HFs, and 2003/2004 Orion VII CNG buses have now been retired, which marks the end of the high-floor seriesof buses.