WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27: NYC SUBWAY
Profile America — Thursday, October 27th. One of the symbols of New York City began operation 107 years ago today — as the city's famous subway system was inaugurated amid speeches, bands, and a ribbon-cutting. The original line was just over nine miles long and connected city hall to West 145th Street. Today, the system has 209 miles of routes, with 468 stations. Each weekday, more than 5 million people ride the subway. Among large cities of the world, the New York system is the only one to run 24 hours a day all year long. Across the U.S., 5 percent of workers use public transportation — including subways — to get to their jobs. More than three-quarters of us drive to work alone. About 11 percent ride in car pools. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 6411/Chase's Calendar of Events 2011 533
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 1099
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau