Boston in Transit Mapping the History of Public Transportation in The Hubby Beaucher, Steven
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A lively tour of public transportation in Boston over the years, Boston in Transit maps the complete history of the modes of transportation that have kept the city moving and expanding since its founding in 1630—from the simple ferry serving an English settlement to the expansive network of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, or MBTA. The story of public transit in Boston—once dubbed the Hub of the Universe—is a journey through the history of the American metropolis.
With a remarkable collection of maps and architectural and engineering drawings at hand, Steven Beaucher launches his account from the landing where English colonists established that first ferry, carrying passengers between what is now Boston’s North End and Charlestown—and sparing them what had been a two-day walk around Boston Harbor. In the 1700s, horse-drawn coaches appeared on the scene, connecting Boston and Cambridge, with the bigger, better Omnibus soon to follow. From horse-drawn coaches, horse-drawn railways evolved, making way for the electric streetcar networks that allowed the city’s early suburbs to sprout—culminating in the multimodal, regional public transportation network in place in Boston today.
With photographs, brochures, pamphlets, guidebooks, timetables, and tickets, Boston in Transit creates a complete picture of the everyday experience of public transportation through the centuries. At once a practical reference, local history, and travelogue, this book will be cherished by armchair tourists, day-trippers, and serious travelers alike.
Table of Contents
1 Making Connections: Early Public Transportation for Boston 1
2 Unification and Electrification: Trolleys Take Hold 47
3 America's First Subway 81
4 Grand Terminals for Commuters 127
5 Rapid Transit Takes Shape 195
6 Pocket Maps and Transit Improvements in the Early Twentieth Century 289
7 Catching the Bus 339
8 The Rise and Fall of the MTA 391
9 The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority 421
List of Figures 567
Bibliography and Sources 569
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