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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Brooklyn Bridge Once Carried Elevated Trains and Street Cars

This photo, taken about one year ago, faces Brooklyn.  Since 1950, no electric transit has crossed the bridge when streetcar service from Brooklyn was stopped.  Rich in transit history, the Brooklyn Bridge carried Brooklyn Elevated trains on two tracks and streetcar service on two roadway tracks.  After elevated service accross the Brooklyn Bridge stopped around 1940-1944?, streetcars eventially used the PRW of the former elevated railroad to reach the Park Row Loop.  The former Park Row station, which was the terminus of many Brooklyn elevated lines provided a paying transfer to IRT Elevated trains such as the Third Avenue Line at the City Hall terminal, or a transfer to the Lexington Avenue Subway at the Brooklyn Bridge station.

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