The New York City Transit Museum's antique bus display as part of the annual downtown Brooklyn Atlantic Antic festival was a great trip down memory lane.
It was a time when bus drivers had to make change and drive at the same time. No one dared bring any food on the bus or leave any litter behind.
Previous generations of both bus and subway riders survived daily commutes with no air conditioning. All they had for comfort were overhead fans. Air conditioned buses and subway cars that we all take for granted today were virtually nonexistent up until the time of the 1964-65 Worlds Fair.
It was not until 1966 that NYC Transit first purchased over 600 buses with this new feature. By the early 1990's, 100% of the bus fleet was air conditioned.
Fast forward to today, and you can see how MTA public transportation is still one of the best bargains in town. Riders can count on air conditioned buses, subway and commuter rail cars working close to 99 percent on a daily basis.