This Day in History: October 27: NYC Opens its First Subway

27 Oct 2014 by Aditi Galande, No Comments »
The subway station in New York going to Coney Island picture credits: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nyc_subway_34st_station.jpg

The subway station in New York going to Coney Island
picture credits: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nyc_subway_34st_station.jpg

When you think of New York, what do you think of? Towering skyscrapers, the Statue of Liberty, big names, or the transportation that takes millions of people to their destination everyday? Well, in 1904, Mayor George McClellan of New York City takes control and releases a rapid transit system- the subway.

“While London boasts the world’s oldest underground train network (opened in 1863) and Boston built the first subway in the United States in 1897, the New York City subway soon became the largest American system. The first line, operated by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT), traveled 9.1 miles through 28 stations,” records History.

That evening at 7 p.m., the subway was open to the general public resulting in more than 100,000 people paying a nickel each to take the first of  many rides under Manhattan.

In 110 years, the system has expanded incredulously with 26 lines and 468 stations.

“Every day, some 4.5 million passengers take the subway in New York. With the exception of the PATH train connecting New York with New Jersey and some parts of Chicago’s elevated train system, New York’s subway is the only rapid transit system in the world that runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” records History.

Even though the subway is dirty and filled with hundreds of bodies crowding in a tight space, very few New Yorkers, or even tourists could live without it.

So the next time you plan to go to New York, make sure you take a trip to its famous subway.

Sources: History

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