MTA launches holiday nostalgia fleet of vintage buses, subway cars today

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NEW YORK CITY – For $2.75, you’ll be able to travel in the past and still get to your destination today.

For a limited time throughout December, the MTA New York City Transit Museum and the New York Transit Museum are putting extra magic on the MTA’s annual tradition of rides to the past, and the only thing you’ll need is a Metrocard swipe.

The holiday nostalgia fleet includes subway cars from the 1930s and buses from the late 1940s to the 1980s.

The “Shoppers Special” train will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 6, 13, 20, and 27, making local stops on the Sixth Avenue Line from Queens Plaza to Second Avenue. The first run of the day departs from Second Avenue, where a special museum pop-up shop will open every Sunday during the holiday nostalgia rides.

Its design of more doors and increased standing capacity served as the model of modern subway cars. They were retired from service in 1977.

MTA is also putting out vintage buses on the M42 route for weekday daytime service between Nov. 30 and Dec. 18. These will operate between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., will only be available weather permitting.

For more information on the holiday nostalgia fleet, refer to the MTA’s site.