Bus Festival

Bus Festival, 2015

Bus Festival

Join us on Sunday, September 24, 2017 for our 24th annual Bus Festival! See and step aboard more than a dozen buses from our vintage fleet, representing more than 80 years of New York City surface transit history. Located on Boerum Place between State Street and Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn, the event is free and open to the public from noon to 6pm alongside the festivities, food, and fun of the 43rd Annual Atlantic Antic.

Crafts, toys and transit merchandise will be available, and Transit Museum admission will be just $1 throughout the day. The Museum will be open from 11 am to 5 pm, with last admission at 4:30 pm.

Some of this year’s special guests may include:

Betsy. Photo by Patrick Cashin

“Betsy” (1931)

In 1930, the Fifth Avenue Coach Company purchased 100 Yellow Coach “Z-type” double-decker buses. Betsy was one of the 52 enclosed-top  buses in this order. Running in Manhattan from 1931 until 1953, and acquired by the Transit Museum in 2004, Betsy will be the oldest vehicle at the Bus Festival.



Bus 3100 (1956)

Bus 3100 (1956)

A Fifth Avenue Coach Lines prototype bus, this vehicle debuted in 1956 as one of the first air-conditioned transit buses nationwide. It features several innovations first introduced in the 1950s, including a push‑type rear exit door, wrap-around seating in the rear portion, soft seating, and fluorescent lighting.  After two decades of passenger service, this vehicle was assigned to the Transit Police and later retired from all service in the mid-1970s.


Bus 9098Bus 9098 (1958)

Manufactured by General Motors, this Model TDH 5106 was the first bus in New York City equipped with sliding windows. This model debuted in 1958 and introduced the two-tone green color scheme, which later became a standard for the era. These were the last order of “Old Look” style buses from GM to NYCTA.



Some of the work vehicles on display may include:

Bus Festival Tunnel Wrecker

Tunnel Wrecker (1974)

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 able to turn around inside narrow tunnels and is equipped to tow everything from a compact car to a tractor-trailer.



Tunnel Wash Truck 1Tunnel Wash Truck (2000)

This vehicle is used to wash the inside walls and ceiling of the Hugh L. Carey and Queens-Midtown Tunnels. A custom made body was designed to fit a GMC truck chassis to build this unique vehicle for MTA Bridges and Tunnels.



NOTE: Equipment on display is to be determined and subject to change.