Jenna Flanagan has been an Associate Producer and contributing reporter for WNYC's All Things Considered, local news since 2006. Prior to that, she worked for 3 years as a general assignment reporter for the WBGO news department and won a Garden State Association of Black Journalists award.
"A Train" Turns 75 Today
Monday, September 10, 2007
New York, NY —
New York's celebrated 'A Train' turns 75 today and the MTA pulled out some vintage, pre-war cars to mark the subway's birthday. At the Inwood station at 207th Street, musicians such as saxophonist Henry Warner serenaded straphangers.
REPORTER: Warner says Duke Ellington made Billy Strayhorn's song 'Take the A Train' world famous and helped make the line a favorite tourist destination.
WARNER: The whole world knows the 'A Train' I think people come here from Europe, and the only thing they know is the 'A train' they don't even ride those other trains, they only want the 'A Train'.
REPORTER: The 'A Train' opened in 1932, and was considered an innovative line, with gentler curves, longer platforms, and higher speeds.