Vintage Photos: MTA Double-Decker Buses in NYC from 1930s to 70s


It was a wonderful sight to see these double deckers on 5thAvenue

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Fifth Avenue Bus Company’s double-decker bus. Image via nytimes.com

Untapped Citys

A guest editorial by Ken Kinlock, noted historian

Yes, New York City has had double-decker busses in it’s history! From the 1930’s till the 1970’s when bus service on 5th Avenue was operated by a private company: 5th Avenue Coach Lines. This was when bus lines were independant and not incorporated into the  MTA as is today.

An iconic fixture in London, double-decker buses are known for their European charm. But in the early to mid-20th century, they were also a common sight around Manhattan (a few of which were on display at the NYC Transit Museum’s 2013 Bus Festival). Manufactured by the Fifth Avenue Bus Company, these double-decker buses provided transportation along the length of Fifth Avenue. They were eventually taken off the roads due to a lack of competition in the United States to improve the…

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