The NYC MTA has been using a vintage, 1950's era bus (and train) on some select routes. No, it's not because the budget deficit is that bad, instead it's a neat throwback gesture by the MTA for the holiday season.
Here's a video of the retro train in action:
The fare costs the same as a modern day bus or train (no 50-year discount here!) and I think it's a cute little gesture to remind us of how things got done before. The funny thing is that some people think the vintage bus is actually more comfortable than today's buses. [MTA via Bowery Boogie via EV Grieve via Boing Boing]