When Grand Central was first built, long distance trains were the posh celebrities at the terminal and commuter lines were the less glamorous, yet vital workhorses that kept the city humming. The upper Express Concourse was reserved for long distance trains, while Commuter rails used the Suburban Concourse on the lower level, featuring 10 ticket windows, a baggage room, a telegraph office, and a newsstand. Efficient commuter service fueled New York’s prosperity, filling its skyscrapers, lofts, and factories every day with workers from across the region. It also spurred suburban growth, linking communities to midtown and playing a vital role in shaping the city.
Taken by Frank English, this #NYTMCollection photograph shows Metro-North’s commuter rail platform in 1985. Today, all commuter lines serve both levels of the terminal. What’s your favorite commuter line at Grand Central Terminal?