Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 December 2013

336 Pages | 100 b/w illustrations

7 x 10 inches

ISBN: 9780823253692

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The Routes Not Taken

A Trip Through New York City's Unbuilt Subway System

Joseph B. Raskin

A Fordham University Press Publication

  • New York City has one of the world's biggest subway systems. However, on several occasions, it looked like it would be even larger. One of the most interesting chapters in its history is the story of the tunnels and stations that were actually built for lines that were never completed.
  • Even before the first lines opened, there had been demands to expand the subway system. This resulted in a series of proposals for construction of new lines or expansion of existing ones. The story of the unbuilt lines is as interesting as the story of those completed.
  • Using research from libraries, historical societies, and transit agencies throughout the New York metropolitan area, Raskin gives a fascinating history of NYC unbuilt subway lines that has been a tantalizing story for public transit experts over the years. Now this story can be told to a wider audience including transit buffs, lovers of NYC history, and anyone intrigued by urban planning and design.