The Race Underground: American Experience

The Race Underground: American Experience

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 9:00pm - 10:00pm

Picture caption: Opening Day for the Boston subway, at the Public Garden entrance (September 1897)

Credit: Courtesy of City of Boston Archives

In the late 19th century, as America’s teeming cities grew increasingly congested, the time had come to replace the nostalgic horse-drawn trolleys with a faster, cleaner, safer, and more efficient form of transportation.

Ultimately, it was Boston — a city of so many firsts — that overcame a litany of engineering challenges, the greed-driven interests of businessmen, and the great fears of its citizenry to construct America’s first subway. Based in part on Doug Most’s acclaimed non-fiction book of the same name, The Race Underground tells the dramatic story of an invention that changed the lives of millions. Written, produced and directed by Michael Rossi and executive produced by Mark Samels, The Race Underground airs Tuesday, November 12, 2019  at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV.