Roosevelt Island Red Bus Service

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The Roosevelt Island Red Bus, a service of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), provides bus service on Roosevelt Island in New York City. In addition to its regular service connecting the Roosevelt Island tramway and subway stations with the rest of the island, the Red Bus also operates senior shopper specials, special event, and commuter service, the latter only in effect when the tramway is shut down.


Map & schedules
The Red Bus runs on a single route with regular, weekday rush-hour, and weekday morning express service between the Tram Station and the Octagon.


As of April 1, 2014, riding on all buses is fare-free.


Roosevelt Island Bus Facility

  • Address: 680 Main St., Roosevelt Island, NY 10044
  • Email:
  • Phone: (212) 832-4583

Bus Fleet

Current Roster

Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
5 (2nd),
6 (3rd)
Roosevelt Island Red Bus 6-a.jpg 2009 OBI Orion VII NG HEV
Cummins ISB BAE HybriDrive
hybrid system
8 (3rd), 9 2016 NFI XD40 Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R
  • 2015 models.
  • Purchased to replace buses #1 (3rd) and #2 (3rd) due to high maintenance costs.
10-11 Roosevelt Island Red Bus 11-a.jpg 2018 NFI XD40 Cummins L9 Allison B400R
  • Purchased to replace the final two Generation 2 Orion VII HEV buses (#s 3 and 4)
  • [1][2]

On Order

Retired Roster

This list is incomplete.

Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
1-3 (2nd),
6 (2nd),
8 (2nd)
Roosevelt Island Red Bus 3-a.jpg 1994 NFI D40LF Detroit Diesel Series 50 ZF 5HP-590
1-3 (3rd), 4 (2nd) Roosevelt Island Red Bus 3-b.jpg 2005 OBI Orion VII HEV
Cummins ISB BAE HybriDrive
hybrid system
  • Largely identical to the MTA's second order of Orion VII hybrids, save for a different interior.
  • Retired in 2016-2018
3 (1st) ? EVA/Chloride
  • Battery-electric-powered.
  • There's one other unit, unknown fleet number.
4 (1st) ? ? ? Battery-electric-powered.
7 (2nd) Roosevelt Island Red Bus 7-a.jpg 2007 OBI Orion VII NG HEV
Cummins ISB BAE HybriDrive
hybrid system
  • Ex-Orion demo.
  • Purchased in March 2010.
8 (1st) ? ?/Carpenter ?


  1. Authorization to Enter into Contract with New Flyer Industries, Inc. for the Purchase of Two Diesel Buses, Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (via Wayback Machine). Dated June 21, 2017, retrieved on June 26, 2017.
  2. Board Meeting - June 21, 2017 (video time: 39:42-53:25), Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation. Retrieved on June 26, 2017.

External Links

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