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New York Subway

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Overview


Alfred Ely Beach designed and built New York City’s first subway tunnel in 1869. It was only 312 feet long and was never extended. While Beach’s demonstration line was literally groundbreaking, he kept the details of his tunnel secret until just before it was finished. Why was he so secretive? Who didn’t he want to know? Beach’s tunnel was later destroyed when the BMT Broadway Line was built in 1910.

In the early 1900s, there was a race between two companies to build subway lines. The Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation (BMT) and Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT) worked tirelessly to build the most transit lines in Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs. The competition was fierce. Some say that the companies were like two siblings fighting.…

After many of the modern subway lines were built, the city bought both companies and took control of all the subway lines in 1940. The subways are now run by the New York Transit Authority. But who really runs the Transit Authority? If you’re just going to ask questions, go away! This is a site for serious scholars! I am serious! I want to know what they were fighting over! Maybe they found something underground?