The NY Transit Museum Bus Festival

The NY Transit Museum Bus Festival

If you have a bus or train fan, you’ve to check out The New York Transit Museum’s annual Bus Festival on Sunday, September 25!

Located on Boerum Place between State Street and Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn, this free and open to the public where kids of all ages can step aboard some buses and trains from the Museum’s vintage fleet representing more than 80 years of New York City surface transit history.

The NY Transit Museum Bus Festival
The New York Transit Museum 2015 Bus Fest at the Atlantic Antic on Sun., September 27, 2015.
Photo: Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit

NY Transit Museum Bus Festival Details:

Taking place on September 25th from 11am to 6pm alongside the festivities, food, and fun of the 42nd Annual Atlantic Antic, the NY Transit Museum Bus Festival will also include an interactive scavenger hunt, a communal “Build-A-City” art project and the chance to visit theTransit Museum’s “Education Depot” tent, where singing and storytelling will take place throughout the day. There were even a few new and used bus sales companies there according to my friend who came with me!! We didn’t buy anything unfortunately!

The NY Transit Museum Bus Festival

Throughout the day, admission to the Transit Museum will be just $1 where guests will have the opportunity to meet costumed historical characters and hear stories from when the buses on display were in service!

Inside the Museum, a temporary tattoo station will be available and Educators will display transit artifacts from the Museum’s collections as part of an interactive “Hands-On History” activity. The Museum will be open from 11am to 5pm, with last admission at 4:30pm.

Special buses at the Transit Museum Bus Festival include:

Bus 3100 – A Fifth Avenue Coach Company prototype bus, this vehicle debuted in 1956 as one of the first air-conditioned transit buses nationwide. Designed and built as an experiment, the General Motors Model 5106 features a push-type rear exit door, wrap-around soft seating in the rear, and fluorescent lighting.

Bus 9098 – Part of the last order of “Old Look” style buses from General Motors in 1958, this model introduced the two-tone green color scheme, which later became a standard for the era, and was among the first buses to be outfitted with fiberglass seats and sliding windows.

Bus 236 – Part of the first order of buses with electronic destination signs, this 1980 Grumman model represents the arrival of a new generation of buses known as the “Advanced Design Buses” (or ADB).

Bus 1502 – One of 25 “New Look” buses ordered by the New York Bus Service in 1981, these vehicles were equipped with suburban bus features, including forward-facing seats on platforms, parcel racks, reading lights, and a single door.

Some of the work vehicles to be on display at the Transit Museum Bus Festival include:

Tunnel Wrecker – Nicknamed “the Monster of the Tunnels,” this unusual emergency truck was built to move disabled vehicles in the Hugh L. Carey and Queens-Midtown Tunnels. Square in shape, it is equipped to tow everything from a compact car to a tractor-trailer.

Tunnel Wash Truck – This vehicle is used to wash the inside walls and ceiling at the Hugh L. Carey and Queens-Midtown Tunnels.


What: 23rd Annual Bus Festival
When: Sunday, September 25, 11am – 6pm
Where: At Atlantic Antic on Boerum Place between State Street and Atlantic Avenue
Admission: Bus Festival – Free!
NY Transit Museum Admission – $1, last admission at 4:30pm
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