Today's the birthday of the Washington Metro. Construction on the Red Line began with a groundbreaking ceremony on December 9, 1969. The first part of the Red Line opened on March 27, 1976, between Farragut North and Rhode Island Avenue (5 stations opened on 4.6 miles of line). Passengers rode for free for the first two days of service.
Photos from the first month of Metro.
The Shore Line Trolley Museum is one of the few organizations actively preserving the transit history of New York, and many contributors to nycsubway.org are members and volunteers. The Museum needs your help! The museum and its cars have been hard hit by hurricanes Irene and Sandy. So they have embarked on a campaign called Elevating the Collection, which intends to build new car barns above the 100-year flood line on their property. You can help by "Buying a Brick". When you buy a brick, your name or that of someone you choose to honor will be etched on a brick paver, and will display your support of the museum's collection in perpetuity. It will be a permanent legacy, reminding future generations of members and visitors at the Shore Line Trolley Museum of your dedication.
The MTA Holiday Train is running again this year, each Sunday from now until December 30th, providing supplemental service on the "M" line between 2nd Avenue and Queens Plaza. Northbound trips depart 2nd Avenue at 10:01am, 11:31am, 1:01pm, 2:30pm, and 4:01pm. Southbound trips depart Queens Plaza at 10:44am, 12:14pm, 1:43pm, 3:14pm, and 4:44pm. (MTA Press Release http://www.mta.info/news/stories/?story=881) Photo by Nicholas Noel for nycsubway.org.