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When I first set out to design a modern day map of the Rochester Subway I did it largely out of a love for Graphic Design and a geeky fascination with maps in general. But a map would be nothing more than a mess of squiggly lines if there were no stories or events to connect them. So recently I’ve been on a quest to find tangible remnants of Rochester’s Subway...

Original Bus & Trolley Passes
Available for a Limited Time

These original Bus & Trolley weekly passes insured transportation for an entire week on all RTC bus and trolley lines — including the Subway. First issued on October 27, 1934 and widely used during WWII, these little works of art represent an important piece of Rochester’s mass-transit history.

Click on a pass below to see it up close and learn more...

Attention Collectors...
A local collector of WWII artifacts and memorabilia was kind enough to lend us these five original bus & trolley passes for a few weeks. You can see each one up close at and for a limited time they are available for purchase.

1942 Postcard Captures
A Glimpse of Local History

If this postcard could talk it would certainly have a few stories to share. On its face, a color illustration of Rochester’s old City Hall and the Rochester Subway entrance kiosk on Broad Street. While around the corner a few automobiles can be seen parked on Fitzhughs Street.

On the back side this postcard is addressed and stamped with a 1942 US postmark, and a handwritten message hints at the makings of a possible romance...
See this postcard up close and
read the handwritten message

Thank You for Your
Original Subway Stories!

Since our last email, a few of you have sent us some really fun memories of the old Subway. We’ll be sharing each one of them in our upcoming emails prior to posting them on

If you have a Subway memory but did get a chance to share it with us, just send a reply to this email. We're always looking for interesting Subway-related thoughts, stories, photos, videos, (whatever)... and if we use your story on we’ll send you a FREE Rochester Subway Poster!

Visit the web site
Find out more about Rochester’s abandoned subway at

SAVE Shipping Costs. Buy locally... Poster Related Links
¤ Mercury Posters [ it]
¤ Parkleigh [ it ]
¤ Poster Art [ it ]
¤ The Center at High Falls gift shop [ it ]

¤ Rochester Subway Poster Press Release
¤ Article by Otto M. Vondrak
¤ Design by Mike Governale
More About The Rochester Subway 10% of net proceeds are donated to:
¤ The End of the Line - Rochester’s Subway, DVD
¤ The Orphan Rochester Subway (
¤ Rochester Subway (Wikipedia)
¤ Abandoned Subway Photos (
¤ Walking the Rails (YouTube Video)

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