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Andy's Almanac - Feburary 26 and March 1 (a little late, sorry)

Posted by andy on Wed Mar 7 19:25:23 2018

February 26, 1968: New York City's first true express bus route connecting Manhattan to one of the outlying boroughs is launched. It was the then-private Steinway Transit's Fresh Meadows-Manhattan route, which has survived for 50+ plus years and was the embryo for today's large network of such routes - all now part of MTA Bus Company.

March 1, 1968: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is formally launched, becoming the parent agency of NYC Transit Authority (subways and buses), MABSTOA buses, Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, and Long Island RR. MTA, originally called MCTA (C as in “commuter”) had controlled the Long Island Rail Road since January 1966, so on this date 50 years and seven days ago LIRR became part of much larger transportation agency. That setup remains to this day, with Metro-North’s former railroads (NY Central and New Haven), and Staten Island Railway, added between 1969 and 1971.

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