The New York Transit Museum has brought some vintage New York City buses back to the streets for their 17th Annual Bus Festival! This is going down now at Atlantic Antic until 5 p.m. today. You'll be able to check out 17 buses from the Museum’s vintage fleet on Boerum Place, just off of Atlantic Avenue. In addition to boarding the buses, you'll be able to take part in bus-related kids’ work-shops and speak with bus experts. Public transit nerds, unite! If you head over there, be sure to send us your photos, or tag them with "Gothamist" on Flickr. More on what you'll see, below:
Among the notable buses on view is Bus 1263, known as “Betsy,” a Fifth Avenue Coach double-decker bus that ran in Manhattan from 1931-1947. After many long journeys, it was acquired by the Museum in 2004. Bus 3100, a 1956 General Motors Model 5106, was the first air-conditioned bus in the United States. As a prototype bus for the Fifth Avenue Coach Company, it saw regular service from 1958 to 1978 in Manhattan. And, looking towards the future, visitors will be able to board one of the new Novabus Low Floor Standard buses. Ninety of these articulated 62-foot long buses are now in use in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island. With off-board fare collection, they significantly reduce travel time, and are part of the effort to create bus-only traffic lanes throughout the city.