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Throwback Thursday: Commuting in the Late 19th Century

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Oct 01, 2015 @ 10:11 AM

Commuting to and from Boston can be a pain. There might not be any room for you to sit down, or worst still, your bus or train could be running behind schedule. However, the trip is necessary for thousands of men and women who make their way into the city for work and leisure. Imagine what it must’ve been like before modern public transportation. You would have to catch a ride on carriages or maybe on an early automobile. That’s why in 1892, the Newton & Boston Street Railway was formed and offered people an electric trolley that took them from Newton Upper Falls to Newtonville.

Throwback Thursday: Commuting in the Late 19th Century | Wicked Local Media Solutions

Over the next several years, the commuting company expanded its service to Newton Centre, Watertown, and Needham. In 1909, Newton and Boston merged with Middlesex and Boston Street Railway (which would eventually become a part of the MBTA) and the routes were connected together. By the mid-1920s, busses began to replace streetcars and, with a few exceptions on the Green Line, electric trolleys stopped appearing on the streets of Greater Boston. Today, the 59 Bus travels nearly the same route that the Newton & Boston Street Railway company forged 123 years ago.

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