The IRT Third Avenue Elevated – Surveying 100 Years of History
Friday, November 17th, 2023
2:00 PM ET
In 1870, New York City built its first rapid transit system above the streets in Manhattan – a large, steam-powered elevated train system. By 1880, four parallel lines were in service on 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 9th Avenues, adding extended service to the Bronx after 1887. These elevated lines set the stage for today’s subway system and established travel patterns that are still followed today.
Transit historian Andy Sparberg will present a deep dive look into the last Manhattan-Bronx elevated line which followed the length of 3rd Avenue. Its Manhattan sections closed between 1950-1955 and its Bronx section, which spanned 149th Street to Gun Hill Road, remained in service until 1973, closing just 50 years ago.
All attendees are welcome. You will have the option to turn on automatic captions for this virtual program. Staff will share instructions for how to do so at the start of the event. Please email [email protected] with any questions.
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Photo from the Elevated Railroad Photographs Collection, New York Transit Museum
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