4. Ticket Counter and Turnstile Footprints
For a time when the subway was new, before tokens and Metrocards, actual paper tickets were used to gain access to the subway. This caused major delays and headaches, as tickets easily flew away with a gust of wind and collection was time consuming. Inside the Times Square Subway station, again near the tracks of the Grand Central Shuttle, there is the outline of what may have been the ticket kiosk. Nearby, you can also see bolts in the ground that likely indicate where turnstiles once stood.
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