Subway Day

Happy Subway Day!

The NYC Subway Turns 115 on October 27

The Interborough Rapid Transit subway opened on October 27, 1904 with 28 stations along a 9.1-mile line extending from City Hall to 145th Street. Since it first opened in 1904, New York’s subway has been the fastest and most popular mode of personal transportation in the city.  Today, it is the largest 24-hour operating subway system in the world, with 472 stations, over 800 track miles and a fleet of more than 6,000 passenger cars. 

Founded in 1976, the New York Transit Museum is dedicated to telling and preserving the stories of mass transportation – extraordinary engineering feats, workers who labored in the tunnels over 100 years ago, communities that were drastically transformed, and the ever-evolving technology, design, and ridership of a system that runs 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Celebrate Subway Day with us on Sunday, October 27th: 

Family on vintage R1/9 train car at the New York Transit Museum

Extended Hours!

The New York Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn and our Grand Central Gallery & Store will open at 10am on October 27th! Plan your visit now.

Conductor in costume with vintage 1930s train car

Vintage Train Rides!

Ride the New York Transit Museum’s 1917 Lo-V train cars on the 2/3 line between Times Square and 96th Street from 12:30pm to 4pm.

The four-car Nostalgia Train will depart from the middle of the Times Square uptown 2 platform at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30pm, making stops at 72 St and 96 St, where straphangers must exit the train and head to the downtown platform if they want to make the return trip. Departures from 96th Street will be at 1, 2, 3 and 4 pm, stopping at 72 St and terminating at Times Square.

Subway Takeover!

View historic New York Transit Museum Collection photos of our system and city before, during, and after the construction of the subway on screens along the original IRT route. Photos will be on view at Brooklyn Bridge – City Hall, Canal St, String St, Bleeker St, Union Square, 23rd St, 33rd St, Times Sq, 50th St, 59th St, 66th St, 72nd St, 86th St, 96th St, 103rd St, 137th St, and 145th St.