It is refreshing to hear that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has begun running a series of nostalgia trains and buses to help celebrate the holidays in December.
The “Shoppers Special” consisting of eight cars from the 1930’s runs between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. between F train 2nd Avenue and A/C/D Harlem 125th Street stations in Manhattan on Sundays thru December 24th.
Riding the old subway cars reminds me of a time when it was common to find both penny gum and soda machines dispensing products at many subway stations. Clean and safe bathrooms were readily available.
It was a time when people respected authority and law. Previous generations of riders did not litter subway stations and buses by leaving behind gum, candy wrappers, paper cups, bottles and newspapers.
No one would openly eat pizza, chicken or other messy food while riding a bus or subway. Everyone paid their way and there was no fare evasion.
Fast forward to today, and you can see how public transportation is still one of the best bargains in town. Riders can count on air conditioned buses, subway and commuter rail cars working close to 99 percent on a daily basis.