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Boston was on the forefront of mass transportation in 1631 when the first ferry made it's way from Boston to Charlestown, and back again.
Over the next 100 years, the Boston peninsula, better known today as the city of Boston, evolved with new means of transportation to help farmers, settlers and families start a new life in the new colonies.
By the 1820's, a new means of transportation offered itself up to Bostonians - the omnibus. Longer than a conventional stagecoach, the omnibus seats that lined either side of the bus and a door at either end. In theory, stagecoaches went "express" from one city or town while omnibuses made several stops along an assigned route, thus making way for a new mode of transportation...
A few decades later, Boston welcomed its first streetcar. On January 1, 1889, what is known today as Boston's Green Line made it's first trip from the Allston Railroad Depot, up Harvard Avenue, left at Coolidge Corner to Boston's Park Square.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|