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Hop On A Vintage MTA Train Or Bus This Month

Friday, December 10, 2010

This 3100 green Old Look Transit bus was made by General Motors in 1956. This 3100 green Old Look Transit bus was made by General Motors in 1956. (MTA New York City Transit)

If you're waiting on the M train platform any Sunday this month, you might be transported back to the 1930s. That's because the M.T.A. is once again running its vintage steel subway cars along the M line from Manhattan's Second Avenue stop to Queens Plaza.

M.T.A. spokesperson Charles Seton says the historic eight-car trains, which were made by American Car and Foundry between 1932 and 1940, haven't been run since 1977. "It has wicker seats, ceiling fans, which won't be in use this time of year," says Seton. "And everybody seems to love 'em—the people who remember them and the people who have never seen them before."

In addition to a blast from the past underground, the M.T.A. will be running old-school diesel buses above ground on weekdays in all five boroughs this month. The buses were made by General Motors and Flexible Corporation in the '50s and '60s.

Trains depart from the Second Avenue station at 10:01 A.M., 11:31 A.M., 1:01 P.M., 2:30 P.M., and 4:01 P.M. each Sunday in December. Departures from Queens Plaza are at 10:44 A.M., 12:14 P.M., 1:43 P.M., and 3:14 P.M. Buses run weekdays—late morning and mid-afternoon—on these lines through the end of December: B1, B65, S61, Q13, Q46, M34, M42, Bx7 and Bx30. Rides are free if you're on the train platform or $2.25 if you're not, the cost of a single fare.

This special car was built in the 1930s.
MTA New York City Transit
This special car was built in the 1930s.
This 5301 silver New Look transit bus was made by General Motors in 1960.
MTA New York City Transit
This 5301 silver New Look transit bus was made by General Motors in 1960.
Interior of the 3100 green Old Look Transit bus.
MTA New York City Transit
Interior of the 3100 green Old Look Transit bus.
This 3100 green Old Look Transit bus was made by General Motors in 1956.
MTA New York City Transit
This 3100 green Old Look Transit bus was made by General Motors in 1956.
The trains have wicker seats and ceiling fans inside.
MTA New York City Transit
The trains have wicker seats and ceiling fans inside.

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