aside from the fact that a picture of one car on one day does not prove that we should dismantle the subway. I assume you are unfamiliar with the city in 1908 and the city's plans as it related to subways. the plan from those days, particularly the 1913 transit plan, wasn't to build a four track subway from olney to snyder. the plan was actually four tracks from erie to snyder with branches to west philly via passyunk ave, league island (now the navy yard), the northeast/bustleton via the boulevard, germantown, and glenside via west oak lane. those would have all been two track branch lines (primarily built as elevateds just as in nyc) feeding a four track main. on top of that, there was to have been a parkway line running to 29th st, then to henry ave. the problem isn't that the city has changed in the last 100 years but that they built shockingly little of that. the broad st subway was never intended to be a subway line in and of itself. in fact, when it was first built, it was only four tracks to city hall from erie, then to walnut. then they extended it to olney, then they extended the subway to pattison. nothing has been done since that time. meanwhile, septa struggles with slow, overcrowded buses between germantown and broad st. they penalize riders for transferring to the subway (by charging them more).
Originally Posted by londoner
"It has shown me that everything is illuminated in the light of the past"
Jonathan Safran Foer