The 18th Annual Bus Festival

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The New York Transit Museum is sponsoring the 18th Annual Bus Festival during the Atlantic Antic. During this popular event, 16 vehicles from the Museum’s vintage fleet will be on view on Boerum Place, just off of Atlantic Avenue. In addition to boarding the buses, visitors will be able to take part in family workshops, speak with bus experts, and purchase the perfect gift from the Museum Store tent. Additionally, admission to the New York Transit Museum, one block away, will be free from 11am to 5pm.

Among the notable vehicles on view is Bus 2969, known as the Jackie Gleason bus, which was renumbered to match the bus that the comedian’s television character, Ralph Kramden, rode in “The Honeymooners.” Designed specifically for New York City, this bus debuted in 1949 featuring a double-width front door to board passengers more quickly. Bus 8466, which first appeared in 1966, was part of the first series of New York City buses to be built with air-conditioning; it also features large illuminated advertising signs on each side of its exterior. A 1974 Tunnel Wrecker, nicknamed “The Monster of the Tunnels,” will also be on hand. This unusual emergency truck was built to move disabled vehicles from the Brooklyn-Battery and Queens-Midtown Tunnels. Almost square in shape, it can turn around in tight spots, and is equipped to handle everything from a compact car to a tractor-trailer. A new 2011 Nova Bus LFS (semi low-floor) will also be on display. Now in use in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, this model has a rear window, which has not been a feature on New York City buses since the last GMC New Look bus was retired in 1995.

18th Annual Bus Festival
Sunday, October 2nd
10 am to 5 pm
New York Transit Museum
Boerum Pl & Schermerhorn St
For additional information, please visit: http://mta.info/mta/museum/index.html

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