The recent New York City Transit Museum’s antique bus display as part of the annual 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. In the mid-1960’s, air-conditioned buses were just becoming a more common part of the fleet.
You had to pay separate fares to ride either the bus or subway. There was no Metrocards affording free transfers between bus and subway or discounted weekly or monthly fares. Employee transit checks to help cover the costs didn’t exist.
Fast-forward to today, and you can see how MTA public transportation is still one of the best bargains in town.