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A train facts, figures and history of the Eighth Avenue, Fulton and Rockaway lines

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Cunningham said Hess made an agreement with city transit officials that allowed him to work in the station.

“They built him a little room at the back end of the downtown platform,” he said. “He brought in all of his equipment and he carried out these background radiation measurements.”

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The A train, stretching from upper Manhattan to Far Rockaway, runs along three different subway lines: the Eighth Avenue Line in Manhattan, the Fulton Line in Brooklyn and Queens, and the Rockaway Line in Queens.

The first of those lines was the Eighth Avenue Line, which opened in 1932. It was the first line of the Independent Subway System, owned and operated by the city. Other subway lines at the time were operated by private companies.

The line stretched from 207th Street to Chambers Street. The next year, it was extended into Brooklyn through the Cranberry Street Tunnel. It would eventually connect with the Fulton Street Line and Rockaway Line to become the length it is today.

The A train runs the full distance of all the lines, making it the longest in the system. Scroll down to find out how long that ride is and more fun facts about the A train.

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