What a Throwback: In Memory of That Good Ol' $2.50 Subway Ride

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In memory of the $2.50 subway ride (which will be history come Sunday, March 22nd), we dug into the archives-- with the help from our good friends over at Viewing NYC-- to bring you this:

Rapid Transit, a film from way back when in 1949 that details out the daily subway operations.

The throwback, 10 minute film seems to have been produced as a recruitment video for train conductors (remember those, right?). It’s a great vintage look at the MTA subway system from the conductor's point of view, one that is rarely revealed by the normally tight-lipped MTA.

By the way, if you're wondering more about those subway fare hikes going into effect tomorrow, here's a quick breakdown: the base fare will increase from $2.50 to $2.75, weekly unlimited fare will go up from $30 to $31, and the monthly unlimited card will raise from $112 to $116.50.

Want more details on all that oh-so-wonderful news? Check out the MTA site with complete breakdowns here-- and if you need a lil' calculator to outsmart those suits and ties at the MTA, check it out.

Happy travels!


By: Matt Coneybeare, Viewing NYC

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