Posted by Nate Goldman
on Monday, November 18th 2019:
I've read of subway buffs, who in recent years, have traveled across the entire NYC subway system (with the exception of the new 2nd Avenue line), in around 24-25 hours. I don't know the specific routes which they took, but it is quite an amazing feet to stay on the subway for that long, and not come out of the system, until all of the stations have been reached. Although I've been on nearly all of the subway lines in Brooklyn, and most of the other lines in the other boroughs, I have not been to all of the stations. There was one line in particular which I was on in Brooklyn, a short time before it was demolished. The latter line was the Myrtle Avenue elevated line. I remember that when I was on that line, in 1969, there was quite a view, of both Manhattan, as well as Brooklyn. It is too bad that line was torn down, but there were a number of other elevated lines, which were also demolished.
I've also been on the Rockaway line, which covers quite a distance across Jamaica Bay, and takes quite a while to cross. One time, I was speaking to an NYPD patrolman, who told me that when he started his career as a NY Transit Patrolman, his post include patrolling the Rockaway line at night. One evening, while he was on that train, going across Jamaica Bay, there was only one couple in the subway car, that he was patrolling. As he was walking through the car, he noticed, that the couple was romantically involved. He told them "At the next stop, get off".
There is a rapid transit railroad line on Staten Island, which I've not been on. It goes around Staten Island, and is completely above ground. At one time, there was a plan to build a subway connection either on the Verrazzano Bridge to link up with the Staten Island rapid transit line, or even to have an underwater tunnel across the Narrows for a subway link up, to Staten Island. However, those plans were vetoed by Robert Moses, who was unfortunately, not a believer in rapid transit. In retrospect, it would have made sense to have accomplished that, but in those days, Staten Island was sparsely populated, and the plan was dropped.
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