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First Subway in America 1897

A historical image of a news clipping announcing the first subway in America in 1897

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)

"Some of the Things I Like about Massachusetts" Series

Park St. Series

Boston, MA, USA


This news might seem misleading. To begin with, "The London Underground" is the world's oldest underground system, and is one of the largest in terms of route length. "The London Underground" , in conjunction with the double-decker buses in the metropolitan London area, and the vast railway system, connects London with the rest of Great Britain. And, for the first time, when the "Channel Tunnel" was finished in 1994, the island country of Great Britain finally became part of Europe, from a "ground transportation" point of view.


So, what was the basis of the "Boston Globe" proclaiming that the Boston underground was the "First Car off the Earth"? Not really, perhaps it was possible that original "London Underground" was truly underground, and did not go off the earth? If that were the case, then the claim that the Boston subway might have been truly the first car off the earth. [This needs further checking.]


In fact, the modern Green Line "B", "C", "D" and "E", while part of the MBTA subway system, is mostly above ground.


Except for the subway section passing through the center of Boston, even the other subway systems, the Red, Orange and Blue lines, are also above ground. The newest part of the system, the Silver line, is really a bus system, with its own "road" within the busy section of the city, which was underground, in many parts of the route, the Silver line was above ground.


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Uploaded on April 3, 2007