8. The PATH train system revolutionized moving walkways for passengers

Grove Street PATH Train entrance in Jersey City.
Grove Street PATH Train station escalators to street level.

A surprising connection exists between the Goodyear company and the PATH train. In 1954, the company invented a moving walkway which they called the “Speedwalk” which transported passengers more quickly along their commute. A surprising and fast-moving technological innovation, this 277-foot long moving walkway was the first of its kind in the United States.

The pathway moved steadily along at a speed of 1.5 miles per hour with a grade (incline) of up to 10%. This invention set the stage for airport everywhere serving hurrying passengers in the second half of the 20th century.