Once again the MTA is bringing its vintage fleet of 1950s and 1960s-era buses back to the streets for the holidays. Every day through December 23rd, customers along the M42 crosstown route can climb aboard the blasts from the past, and the MTA says, "Don't worry, they accept MetroCards!" (We were so worried.) But maybe for authenticity's sake they should have kept the MetroCard fareboxes out, which are the only part of the bus that's not original.

Want to catch one? According to the MTA's site, the buses will be in operation Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Darryl Irick, head of the bus division, says, "These buses are a piece of New York City's commuting past. I started my MTA career as a bus operator, driving these types of buses. As charming as they are, you cannot help but realize how far we have advanced when you ride one of our modern, low-floor buses." Plus, back then there wasn't YouTube to upload bus fight videos to.

While the agency's historic fleet contains 19 buses, dating back to 1917, only 4 will be in service this month, including Bus No. 3100,1956 General Motors owned and operated by Fifth Avenue Coach Lines. (First air-conditioned transit bus to operate in New York City); and Bus No. 9098, 1958 General Motors, among the first buses outfitted with fiberglass seats.