Sent to the American Car & Foundry factory, the car, which is equipped with fluorescent lighting and smooth sides, was rebuilt as the prototype of the next generation R10 subway car. Bus customers using the M42 crosstown route will have the opportunity to ride a vintage New York City bus for the holiday season. The crosstown buses run from Monday through Friday, December 1st through December 19th .
The historic fleet is appreciated by Transit's top managers for their historic significance.
“Holiday shoppers, tourists and those who just remember a bygone era will have the opportunity to experience a ride on a subway train from yesteryear, said MTA New York City President Carmen Bianco.
“With a little bit of luck and good timing, riders will be able to catch a ride on this classic subway train at stations along the line between Queens Plaza and Second Avenue.” Many New Yorkers bear fond memories of the trains.
The “DT’ in the model number stand for “Diesel Transit,” this model was delivered with cushioned seating but converted to hard plastic in the mid-1960s because of vandalism. 8466 - Manufactured by General Motors, this Model TDH 5303 were ordered in 1966 for Ma BSTOA and NYCT to replace 1940s and 1950s vintage buses acquired by the City after the Fifth Avenue Coach Lines takeover in 1962.
This series was the first new fleet of New York City buses designed and built with air conditioning and also featured large illuminated advertising signs on each side.
The Holiday train show is on view now through February 22, 2015.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is North America's largest transportation network, serving a population of 15.3 million people in the 5,000-square-mile area fanning out from New York City through Long Island, southeastern New York State, and Connecticut."These buses are a living, breathing part of the city's history and each has a unique story to tell about the era in which it operated," says Darryl Irick, Senior VP of NYC Transit Department of Buses and President of MTA Bus and a former Bus Operator himself."When you examine this collection as a whole, the progression of motorized surface transportation in New York City really comes to life." Many of the vehicles in NYC Transit’s historic fleet have been deemed to have historical significance to the city, including bus number 3100, a 1956 GM which was the first air-conditioned transit bus to operate in the City, and 5227, the last non wheelchair-accessible bus to operate for NYC Transit, pulled from service in 1993.MTA subways, buses, and railroads provide 2.73 billion trips each year to New Yorkers – the equivalent of about one in every three users of mass transit in the United States and two-thirds of the nation's rail riders.MTA bridges and tunnels carry more than 297 million vehicles a year – more than any bridge and tunnel authority in the nation.and 5 p.m., on November 30, December 7, 14, 21, and 28. 100 --- Manufactured by American Car and Foundry, this R1-type car was the first car in the initial order of 300 cars placed in service for the opening of the IND subway. 484 --- Part of a 500-car order of R4 cars manufactured by American Car & Foundry.