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Mass transportation has the ability to act as a great equalizer for the diverse population of New York City. Knowing this, when faced with unsafe working conditions, unfair pay, or unequal opportunity and treatment, citizens have banded together and taken action to create safe and equitable work and travel for both transit employees and passengers. In addition, public transit has been used as a vehicle for social action throughout history.
Join Museum Educator Sonya Ochshorn for a digital discussion to explore the history of social movements and political activism connected to New York City Transit. Learn about labor strikes and civil rights movements led by New Yorkers to improve the lives of their communities.Find out more »
The New York Transit Museum has a fascinating and unique history. The former Court Street station in downtown Brooklyn, once home to the HH shuttle train, opened in 1936 but closed ten years later due to low ridership. Court Street station opened as the New York Transit Exhibition as part of the celebration of the United States bicentennial in 1976, and today is home to the New York Transit Museum, the largest museum in North America devoted to public transportation.
Join Visitor Experience Facilitator Niko Goutakolis for a digital discussion about the origin story of the New York Transit Museum and discover our 46-year history beneath the surface.Find out more »
Learn about pioneering women in transit, including those who joined the Transit workforce during World War I, became Transit Police officers in the 1950s, and were the first female subway operators of the 1970s and 80s. Explore the stories of women who thrived in traditionally male-dominated fields and how these roles have changed over time.
Join Education Manager Polly Desjarlais for a digital discussion about women's roles in transit over the last century.Find out more »
Courtesy is a word that is increasingly becoming synonymous with expected behavior while riding public transportation. In New York City, courtesy campaigns have been implemented from the 1940s to the present day with the “Courtesy Counts!” campaign, in order to convince riders that manners matter.
Join Museum Educator Delia Ramos for a digital discussion about the evolution of courtesy campaigns in New York City’s subway system, and explore the various characters and catch phrases used in these campaigns.
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