Vintage buses take Manhattan
Tue Dec 18 2007
Okay, so they're not really taking over Gotham, but a fleet of vintage MTA buses are running select routes throughout the city. These old-school buses have been taking lucky passengers across town since December 10, but today was the first time I had seen one. While I was waiting for the M34 at Herald Square, freezing my booty off, a red and green bus pulled up. If weren't for the small sign in the window, I never would have known to get on.
Stepping inside the bus really was like going back in time. The seats were a mint green plastic, there wasn't a subway map in sight and the driver was whole lot less surly than usual. Bonus: My ride was free. I actually think that was a bit of a coincidence because according to the MTA's Website, the vintage fleet is supposed to be equipped with Metro card readers.
The historic buses are running through the 28th, so keep your eyes open to catch a glimpse. If you want to take a more proactive approach to some nostalgic riding (and I recommend you do), here's when the MTA claims you've got a chance: From 7:30-10:30am and 3-6pm, buses will run on the M34, M42 and M50 crosstown routes in Manhattan.
Or, check out the double-decker, display-only buses today at 2 Broadway and Columbus Circle. For a list of where these 1930s rides will be throughout December, click here.
Have you been on one of the historic buses? What did you think?