Post Content

MBTA Park Street Station 1900 jpg

The nation's first subway line carried its first passengers in Boston on this day 113 years ago in 1897.  The view left, shows Park Station in approximately 1900. 

The Mass Moments website celebrates the moment on the web:

      "…in 1897, at 6 am, over 100 people crowded onto the first train to travel through a tunnel under downtown Boston. More than 100,000 people would take the three-and-a-half minute trip that day. They were riding on the first subway line in the United States. After considering various alternatives to ease congestion on Boston's streets, city officials decided to follow the example of London, Glasgow, and Budapest and build an underground system. Within a year, passengers could get on and off the subway at Boylston Street, Park Street, Scollay Square, Adams Square, and Haymarket. In time, the route would be connected to the Boston Elevated Railway, creating the public transportation system that was the precursor to today's "T."

The Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities (Mass Humanities) launched the Mass Moments project, an electronic almanac of Massachusetts history, in 2005.  Check out Mass Moments on the web.  An MBTA history is available on the T website here.

Written By:

Recent Posts

MBTA: Year-Round Student Pass Program About to Begin posted on Aug 30

MBTA: Year-Round Student Pass Program About to Begin

Under an expansion of the Student Pass program approved by the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board, effective September 1, students with a Student CharlieCard will pay half-price per trip on all modes of transit and may obtain a monthly bus and subway pass for   …Continue Reading MBTA: Year-Round Student Pass Program About to Begin

MBTA Hires Chan to Oversee Real Estate Assets posted on Aug 30

MBTA Hires Chan to Oversee Real Estate Assets

The MBTA has hired Janelle Chan as the Authority’s new real estate manager.  Chan, who holds advanced degrees from both Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will oversee management of the T’s real estate interests. In line with Governor Charlie Baker’s Open   …Continue Reading MBTA Hires Chan to Oversee Real Estate Assets

MassDOT, MAPFRE: Highway Assistance Patrol posted on Aug 29

MassDOT, MAPFRE: Highway Assistance Patrol

Posted by: Patrick McDonald, CPCU, AIM, AIS, Executive Vice President – Business & Clients, MAPFRE Insurance MAPFRE Insurance sponsors the MassDOT Highway Assistance Patrol (HAP) program and reminds motorists that during Labor Day weekend many Massachusetts drivers will be taking their last vacations of the   …Continue Reading MassDOT, MAPFRE: Highway Assistance Patrol