Breda Type 8 LRV 3846
Location: Kenmore Station, Boston, MA
Operator of Vehicle: Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority
Date of Photo: February 12, 2004
Today marks the 120th anniversary of the opening of America’s first subway line. It was on this date in 1897 that the first segment of the Tremont Street Subway opened in an attempt to reduce congestion caused by streetcars on the streets of Boston. The first segment was quite short, just running from Park Street to a now disused and sealed portal near Boylston Station. Over time, portals have been sealed and the subway has been extended, but trains have been using the original Tremont Street Subway continuously for all these years. The Green Line certainly isn’t my favorite transit experience in the world (or even in Boston to be honest, especially when in a rush to get somewhere), but despite the frustrations its passengers may experience, it is certainly quite unique and a very important piece of American transit history. Here’s to the next 120 years!
For more photos of the MBTA Green Line, please click here.