With the holiday season inching closer, you will once again be able to ride trains and buses that were used prominently a long time ago.
The MTA will launch a special series of holiday trains and buses on the first four Sundays in December. The first of the nostalgic trains will run on Dec. 1 and will operate on the three Sundays following that date.
The M train will be one of the trains running the classic MTA lines during this period. The M runs between Long Island City and lower Manhattan. It will run between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during that month. The buses will run from Dec. 2 to the 20, between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
The nostalgia cars are trains that were used between the 1930s and 1970s for the lettered subway lines. The transit agency stopped running these type of train cars more than 35 years ago. The cars were considered state-of-the-art back then, with its ceiling fans and padded seating.
It is interesting that the MTA chooses to run the trains on what is typically the slowest train schedule day of the week. While we imagine it will give riders a sense of what the subway was like back then, we hope these 80-year-old trains won’t cause any headaches for commuters as many will surely be traveling to get their holiday shopping finished.