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1870, February 1870
New York's Elevated Railway Service
The New York City Transit Authorty says that "The city's first regular elevated railway service began on February 14, 1870. The El ran along Greenwich Street and Ninth Avenue in Manhattan. Elevated train service expanded and dominated rapid transit for the next few decades." See the website
According to the Museum of the City of New York, New York City has had operating elevated trains since the 1870s. Until the system was electrified in 1903, eleveated trains had steam locomotives. New York City's elevated train system emerged in the 1870s as an efficient means of transporting commuters, avoiding Manhattan's congested streets.
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