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After six years of research, writing, and design, we are excited to release the first book to tell the complete story of the creation, construction, usage, and evolution of public transportation in Boston, from 1630 through the early twenty-first century!
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Title: Boston in Transit: Mapping the History of Public Transportation in The Hub
Author: Steven Beaucher
Publisher: WardMaps LLC, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Pages: 579 (excluding front matter)
Cover: Canvas-wrapped with gilt lettering on cover and spine.
Dust Jacket: Full color
Size: 11.5" wide x 11" high x 1.5" thick
Weight: 6.4 lbs
Printing: Full color. Printed in Massachusetts, USA
Retail Price: $69.95
Shipping: Discounted USPS Media Mail rate available (order must contain books only)
About the Book
Boston in Transit is a comprehensive history of public transportation infrastructure and the modes of transit that have moved Boston for nearly four centuries. Since Boston’s founding in 1630, public transportation has been critical for the city. Public ferries arrived with English colonists. Horse-drawn coaches, then steam railroads, and later, omnibuses, evolved to support a burgeoning city. Horse railroad and electric streetcar networks appeared in the nineteenth century, allowing Boston to densify and early suburbs to sprout. Unification, initially through private hands, and later, under public management, lead to the multi-modal, regional public transportation network in place today. Boston in Transit tells the entire story, from that simple ferry serving an English settlement perched on the edge of a new world, through the arrival of steam trains and fleets of electric streetcars and buses, to the creation and evolution of the MBTA.
About the Author
Steven Beaucher is the co-founder and proprietor of WardMaps LLC, dealing in antique maps and public transportation artifacts of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Steven established and operates MBTAgifts, the licensed merchandise program of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Steven is a licensed architect, who, before focusing on WardMaps and the creation of Boston in Transit, practiced architecture throughout Greater Boston. He grew up in the Merrimack Valley, graduated from Syracuse University, and resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Check out Boston in Transit - The Map!
Reproductions of Figures from the Book Available HERE
On our BostonInTransit.com website, we are making available fine art reproductions of many of the graphics from the book. These include maps, engraved views, photographs, tickets, schedules, time tables, ephemera, and other graphics featured in the book.