The iconic subway wasn’t always the mammoth operation it is now. Opened in 1904, the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT) was one of several privately owned subway companies, including the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company (BRT) and the Independent Subway System (IND). The systems eventually merged to form today’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA).
These days, the subway system’s legacy runs as deep as the subterranean tracks themselves—and plenty of pieces of little-known history date back to before today’s subway even existed. Here are 12 subway secrets you should know:
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