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.

“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.

Jack C. Nugent