Plans to build a rapid transit system in New York were first made in 1831. By 1868 the first elevated railway was erected. As the "El" became crowded, construction of an underground railway was proposed. Ground was broken on March 24, 1900. The original subway, which took opened October 27, 1904, ran 9.1 miles from City Hall to 145th Street and Broadway. The fare was a nickel. Extensions to the Bronx opened in 1905 and to Brooklyn in 1908, completing the first subway.
Rapid Transit System
Society: ASMEMain Category: MechanicalSub Category: Rail TransportationEra: 1900-1909DateCreated: 1904The Transit MuseumBrooklynState: NYZip: 11201Country: USAWebsite: http://www.asme.org/about-asme/history/landmarks/topics-m-z/rail-transportation---1/-31-interborough-rapid-trasit-system-%28original-linCreator: Belmont, August
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