A Century of Subways
Celebrating 100 Years of New York's Underground Railways
Publication Year: 2003
Published by: Fordham University Press
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A Century of Subways: Celebrating 100 Years of New York’s Underground Railways has been written to help celebrate the centenary of the New York Subway. A hundred years ago, on the afternoon of Thursday, October 27, 1904, New Yorkers walked into various entrance kiosks of the city’s new...
Chapter 1: August Belmont and His Subway
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The subway that opened in the City of New York on the afternoon of Thursday, October 27, 1904, was of modest proportions when compared to the massive rail rapid-transit system that would be carrying New Yorkers on their appointed rounds a hundred years later, on Wednesday...
Chapter 2: Change at Park Street Under
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The subway opened by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company in New York on the afternoon of September 27, 1904, would become the nucleus of the largest urban mass-transit system in America—and by some measures, the largest in the world. But whatever else one may choose to say about the Interborough in particular and New York...
Chapter 3: The World’s First Subway
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As described in Chapter 2, Boston opened the first subway in North America on September 1, 1897, seven years before the Interborough Rapid Transit Company welcomed passengers aboard New York’s first underground railway in 1904. But Boston’s Tremont Street operation...
Chapter 4: New York’s Electrified Railroads
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In many cities throughout the world, local mass transport involves multiple styles of railway services. There are, of course, urban-oriented electric railways, commonly operating in belowground tunnels and known as subways—or metro systems, or the underground...
Chapter 5: The Legacy of the IRT
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For the first quarter-century or so that the New York Subway was in operation, the general popularity of urban mass transit remained on the upswing, and more passengers rode America’s subways, els, and streetcars year after...
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Page Count: 388
Publication Year: 2003