Oldest Subway Line: The IRT Line

Abandoned-City Hall Subway Station-MTA-Transit Museum-NYC

The IRT subway line was the first to open in October 1904, and went from City Hall to Grand Central Terminal, cut across 42nd Street to Times Square, and north to 145th Street. Though the IRT subway stations all opened on the same day, the most famous may be the decommissioned City Hall subway station, built as the “crown jewel” of the new New York City subway line. You can see the beautifully tiled subway station today through tours from the New York Transit museum (and in our photographs here!).