Newark is one of a small
number of cities nationwide where streetcar/light rail service survived through
the second half of the last century. Until 2006 the City
Subway was the single
line in service, the remainder of what had once been an extensive network. A
second, short route, known as Newark Light Rail, now connects two
transportation centers in center city.
The older Subway line is less than five miles long. Trains often operate on close headways.
Despite the name, only the four stops leaving Penn
Station are underground. Much of the rest of the line curves in large
part at or near ground level along an abandoned canal bed.
Shortly after this photo was taken at what was
then the outbound terminal at Branch Brook Park, the first extension in more than six decades added two new stops beyond.
That portion of the route utilizes an old Erie Railroad right of way.