Photo gallery of the first trains, stations
NEW YORK (PIX11) – He can be plagued with frequent problems, but that’s what happens with age.
Thursday marked the 118th anniversary of the New York City Subway. It was launched on October 27, 1904, according to the MTA. That year, there were 28 stations. There are now 472, as well as more than 800 kilometers of tracks and more than 6,000 metro cars.
When it launched, riders paid only nickel and paper tickets, according to the MTA. As the price increased, the system switched to using tokens, then MetroCards. The subway system is in the midst of another payment transition to OMNY.
Excavation on Lafayette Street near Pearl, clearing the site for the construction of the first subway, what was then known as the Manhattan and Bronx Rapid Transit Subway, in the borough of Manhattan, New York City, New York, May 6, 1901 (Photo by Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)
Mayor Seth Low holds a gavel, surrounded by a crowd of police officers, officials and citizens during a groundbreaking ceremony for a New York City subway station, likely City Hall station, in New York, circa 1903. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Financiers, city officials and policemen ride New York’s first subway on October 27, 1904 at City Hall station. Seated toward the front of the ceremonial flatcar were Alexander Orr, August Belmont II, John B. McDonald, and Mayor George B. McClellan. (Getty Images)
People at work building the new subway in New York, USA, circa 1915. (Photo by Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)
High-angle view showing Broadway partially collapsed during construction of the Fourth Avenue Line in the Brooklyn borough of New York, New York, September 29, 1915. (Photo by Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)
(Original caption) The photo shows the new type of subway car which has just been tested in the New York subway). New type of subway car tested in New York. A new type of articulated subway and elevation car, quieter in operation and providing greater passenger safety, was officially tested on BMT lines in New York on Thursday, July 16, the first time that such a car is tested. for subway or elevated use. Its outstanding feature is that three car bodies have four bogies instead of the two bogies per car as on regular subway cars. In addition, where the cars meet, there is a rotating cylinder that allows a person to walk from one car to another safely, regardless of the position of the car when cornering. (Getty Images)
A group of subway workers commuting to work on a vehicle, the first to cross the Eight Avenue subway, New York, November 27, 1929. (Photo by Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)
(Original caption) If you think this isn’t an exciting game of bridge, remember players are under heavy pressure – 35 pounds of it. They spend a few minutes in a decompression chamber before emerging into a normal atmosphere after their work in the East River tubes, one of which was drilled today. The pressure or air in the tubes is 38 pounds and if the men working hour and a half shifts were to ascend directly to the surface they would suffer from the formation of nitrogen bubbles in their blood. (Getty Images)
(Original caption) 12/17/1931-New York, New York-The American company working under its beloved ‘high pressure’ has nothing against those workers in the new tubes stretching under the East River since Rutger’s Slip, Manhattan, at York Street, Brooklyn. Known as “sandhogs,” they work shifts of an hour and a half each, as any longer would be dangerous at 38 pounds of atmospheric pressure. In addition, when leaving their works, they must pass through air chambers where the air pressure changes slowly for them, thus avoiding suffering from nitrogen bubbles in the blood which are formed when the air pressure changes too quickly. (Getty Images)
02/29/1932-New York, NY: Inauguration of the subway – first ride. The new security door is on the right. (Getty Images)
A man enters a subway station in February 1947, in Manhattan, New York. (Photo by ERIC SCHWAB/AFP via Getty Images)
(Original caption) New York: Subway station in Times Square with train picking up passengers. (Getty Images)
(Original caption) New fare on subways and bus routes operated by the Transit Authority came into effect at 12.01am today after a team of 300 maintenance men worked day and night to convert all the turnstiles from the metro to take the 15- cent tokens. Samuel Begley, 55, restaurant owner, 291 East 96th Street, New York, is shown as he deposits the last penny to pass through the turnstile at Times Square station. The first to use the token is Judy Reed, 18, 1980 East 1st Street, Brooklyn, New York, who is about to insert the token. Sydney Bingham of the Transit Authority looks at her watch and waves “Go” to the waiting crowd, who are held back by a transport policeman. (Getty Images)
Interior view of New York subway car with passengers; subway line running from Washington Hgts. at Fulton & Euclid Ave. 1950s photograph. (Getty Images)
“118 years ago, more than 100,000 New Yorkers gathered at 28 corners of Manhattan, descended stairs and boarded electrified IRT trains,” said Concetta Bencivenga, director of the New York Transit Museum. “The subway catalyzed the development of New York, and it continues to make New York what it is today. Whether you live here or are just passing through, the city you live in was brought to you by the metro.