For people living in New York City, it is hard to visualize life without the subway, especially with over 8 million residents as of 2013. Mayor George McClellan takes the controls on the inaugural run of the city's innovative new rapid transit system on this day in history. London boasts the world's oldest underground train network opening in 1863 and Boston built the first subway in the United States in 1897. However, the New York City subway soon became the largest American system.
|The City Hall station of the IRT Lexington Avenue Line opened on October 27, 1904.|
October 27th, 2014 marks the 110th anniversary of the subway system. The first train ran north from City Hall to 145th Street and Broadway. The system that now benefits 5.8 million daily customers sprang from a single line that didn’t leave the confines of Manhattan.
The system has grown into a four-borough operation that each day moves more than double the population of Chicago. Trains running along 24 lines feed the City’s schools, businesses and recreational venues. New York could not be the 24/7 City it is today without the MTA New York City subway and the system will continue to nurture the City’s growth far into the future. Source: Photos
The subway system is not without its share of problems. The subway became the home for graffiti, which was a serious problem in the 70s and 80s. Even today litter accumulation is an issue and the 2010 budget crisis has threatened to curtail trash removal from the subway system. Then, there is the noise level and unfortunately, the rats.
|Graffiti became a notable symbol of declining service during the 1970s.|
Not sure one would ever see an empty subway car in NYC with some 4.5 million passengers filling the train cars every day. Should there ever be one its interior would look something like...
|Interior of an R142A train car|
Did you know there was once a Miss Subways contest?
|An advertisement for Miss Subways |
at the New York City Transit Museum.
The campaign was resurrected in 2004, for one year, as "Ms. Subways". It was part of the 100th anniversary celebrations. Featuring young models, entertainers and others, the monthly campaign, which included the winners' photos and biographical blurbs on placards in subway cards, featured such winners as Mona Freeman and prominent New York City restaurateur Ellen Goodman. The winner of this contest was Caroline Sanchez-Bernat, an actress from Morningside Heights. Source: en.wikipedia.com
Bottom Line: No matter how crowded or dirty, the subway is one New York City institution few New Yorkers—or tourists—could do without.
Expect the unexpected on the subway!