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New York celebrates subway centennial

This year New York City celebrates the 100th anniversary of its massive subway system. While there has been some form of rapid transit in Chicago since the 1890s, the first Chicago subway wasn't built until the 1940s.

Tribune reporter Stevenson Swanson wrote about the New York subway's centennial yesterday. It truly is a fascinating story.

Here are just two interesting factoids:

** The New York system carries 4.5 million passengers a day.

*** There are 722 miles of subway and elevated track, the largest in the world.

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