For the past 10+ years, New York City Transit has operated its vintage R1-9 trains from the 1930s. Unlike most other times these trains operate when only passengers who purchase a special ticket may board the train for an excursion, the holiday train is open to anyone who pays a regular subway fare. In past years, the train would run along the V and later the M lines between 2nd Avenue on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and Queens Plaza. However, for the first time, this year the train will be taking a different route. While it will start at 2nd Avenue, this year it will travel on the F line to Lexington Avenue/63rd Street and then continue on the Q line to the new 96th Street/2nd Avenue station.
The holiday train operates each Sunday through December 24th. It departs 2nd Avenue at 10 AM, 12PM, 2 PM, and 4 PM, and it departs 96th Street at 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM, and 5 PM.
If you haven’t heard, the long awaited DC Streetcar is scheduled to begin revenue service tomorrow morning. The folks over at CityLab have compiled a list of things that took less time than it took to plan, design, build, test, and open the 2.2 mile long line, which is opening a number of years behind schedule. CityLab sets the DC Streetcar construction at 9 years, but way back in 2004, DDOT ordered three streetcars which sat in storage in the Czech Republic for a number of years before finally being brought to the DC area.
I will not be attending tomorrow’s opening, but as soon as I have photos of the streetcar to share, you’ll find them here at Oren’s Transit Page.
Click here for the list of things that took less time to construct than the DC Streetcar.
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