CC Illustrations: GM Fishbowl Buses – Part 2

Last time we looked at some GM (later GMC) New Look “Fishbowl” buses from the New York City Transit Authority and the Toronto Transit Commission. This time around we are going to look at some random ones from the East Coast. I don’t know the exact year and model numbers of all of these, so think of these more as a look at liveries. There will be several more of these posts since there are a lot I have drawn up and want to draw up. The hard part is finding good references. We start back in New York with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority which serves the greater Buffalo and Niagara Falls area.

The Capital District Transportation Authority, logically serves the area around Albany, New York.

1961 GMC TDH-5301 MSBA
This is from the Metropolitan Suburban Bus Authority from Long Island. It later became MTA Long Island Bus and is currently a privatized operation called Nassau Inter-County Express.

The New York Bus Service was a private operator of buses that provided express service as a franchisee to the City of New York. It was taken over by the MTA in 2005.


Command Bus was another private operator franchisee to the city providing local and express service. It was also taken over by the MTA in 2005.

The Commission de transport de la communauté urbaine de Montréal (CTCUM) was one of the predecessor agencies to the current Société de transport de Montréal. This is the late 1960s-early 1970s livery.

The Commission de transport de la communauté urbaine de Montréal (STCUM) was the previous agency before the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) was created when there was governmental consolidation on the island of Montréal in 2002. This livery was used from the mid-1970s onward.

D.C. Transit was one of the private bus operators in the Washington D.C. area that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) took over in 1973.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) provides transit service to the Washington D.C. area. They operated fishbowls until 2000.

The Maryland Mass Transit Administration, now the Maryland Transit Administration, is a state agency that provides bus service to the Baltimore-Washington area. It took over from the private Baltimore Transit Company in 1970. This livery was used in the 1970s-1980s.