1989 TMC RTS

The Rapid Transit Series (RTS) bus is a long-running series of transit buses originally manufactured by General Motors (the last generation of that company’s long bus heritage) during 1977, in Pontiac, Michigan, and is currently produced by Millennium Transit Services as the RTS Legend Millennium.

Millennium had produced the buses from 2006 until it shut down production in 2009, only to be bought back into production in 2011. First produced in 1977, the RTS was GMC’s entry into the Advanced Design Bus project (the other entry was the Flxible Metro by competitor Flxible) and is the descendant of GMC’s entry in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s “Transbus” project. The RTS is notable for its then futuristic styling featuring automobile-like curved body and window panels. That design has become a classic though remains more contemporary as that of its predecessor, the GMC New Look that had a curved windshield, but flat side glass and body panels.