MICHAEL J. QUILL BUS DEPOT, Hell’s Kitchen

The MTA’s Michael J. Quill Bus Depot sits at 11th Avenue and West 41st Street at the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel. Labor leader Quill (1905-1966) was the founder of the Transport Workers Union (TWU). He is, perhaps, best remembered for a quote after the TWU struck in January 1966 and Mayor John Lindsay had obtained a court injunction to force the union back to work. Quill and the TWU refused, and he was placed in jail for contempt. “The judge can drop dead in his black robes!” he railed. The strike lasted twelve days, and Quill had a fatal heart attack three days after it ended.

 

Quill is also remembered at the northern end of the line at the #1 train at Broadway and West 240th Street at the MTA’s 240th Street Subway Yards.

8/22/15


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6 Responses to MICHAEL J. QUILL BUS DEPOT, Hell’s Kitchen

  1. Joe Korman says:

    The building was originally the Greyhound terminal in NYC.

    In addition to the Manhattan lines that operate from there, a number of express buses from the outer boroughs spend the mid-day there to save wear and tear on the buses and fuel. The drivers can take a “shuttle” bus back to their home depot or stay in Manhattan for their PM trips.

  2. ron s says:

    It is interesting that Quill has an MTA building named after him. The adversarial relationship between Quill and the (then) Transit Authority management was extremely bitter.

  3. Larry says:

    There was much bitterness between Mayor Lindsay and Mike Quill to be begin with…Mr Quill had ranted and raved for years threatening to strike but never did and actually got along quite well with previous mayors, especially Mayor Wagner…

    • Bill Tweeddale says:

      That was because Wagner (and his predecessors) always gave in to Quill at the last moment, and raised the fares to meet labor contract increases. In 1966 Lindsay held firm. The TWU was more corrupt than the Teamsters. Overtime was rampant because workers did their stint work in one hour, and spent the next seven in their lounge chairs. I know because my father was in the TWU.

  4. carmine curzio says:

    I recall Mike Qill saying ” Mayor Lindsay can take his peanut package and give to the monkeys in the zoo “.

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