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Monday, June 17, 2013

A Romance on the BRT (Brooklyn Rapid Transit) and 2nd & 3rd Avenue Bklyn Track Map

Source: Watson, Edward, "Romance on the BRT", in New York Division Bulletin, Electric Railroaders Association, Vol. 22, No. 8, August , 1979, p. 4.  Origially printerd in BRT Monthly of August, 1917.

It is hard to believe at one time there where 59 trolley lines in Brooklyn.  They were part of life in Brooklyn just as much as streetcars are identified with Prague and Warsaw in Europe today.  Instead of having 59 trolley lines in Brooklyn, it has been about 58 years since the last streetcar ran in Brooklyn in 1956.  Good job, city planners!     Some additional comments: Around 1919 with the opening of the elevated structures such as the Culver Line, some of the streetcar lines have been changed or eliminated because a more rapid way was developed to reach Coney Island.  Therefore below you may have see many extinct lines such the Brighton streetcar.  Also, Hamburg Avenue was changed to Wilson Avenue around the time of World War I.  In later years, some of the routes where combined for periods of time, such as RALPH-ROCKAWAY, UTICA-REID, SMITH ST.-CONEY ISLAND, GRAVESEND-CHURCH, MYRTLE-COURT AND GREENE-GATES.

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