America’s First Subway


The first subway in the United States headed underground (or “off the earth” as newspaper headlines of the time exclaimed) 110 years ago right here in beautiful Boston, Massachusetts. A lot of people at this point would quip something about how the subway hasn’t been upgraded since 1897, but I won’t, because deep inside, I really love the T.

Speaking of public transportation, I recently cleaned out my wallet which was becoming a museum for rapid transit passes.

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Here you can see my Charlie Card along with an MTA MetroCard from New York, and a Washington, DC Metro pass, plus day passes for the San Diego MTS trolley and the Los Angeles Metro. I got rid of the day passes, but kept all the ones that still have money on them. They might just work.

2 thoughts on “America’s First Subway

  1. The Weekly Dig started a series on How the T Used to be Better. Apparently the stations and tunnels used to be cool, as you would expect being underground. That they are stifling hot today is due to simple thermodynamics. Keeping the trains cool through air conditioning requires a lot of heat. Apparently it used to be faster too.

    More positive rapid transit news from New York where the MTA celebrates 75 years of the A Train by rolling out some cool older cars.

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