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The Catalog of Transit Fiscal Ephemera & Exonumia from the City of the New York
(pre-MetroCard)
featuring the collections of George S. Cuhaj & Philip M. Goldstein

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   These issues are commonly called transfers, and date back to 1800's. Certain companies encouraged passengers to use their own line, as opposed to a competing company within a few blocks, so they encouraged your continued patronage with a transfer. They usually cost 1 or 2 cents extra to purchase (but several cents less than an initial fare) on top of your regular fare for the first segment. 

   As competition grew, the transfer would be offered for free.

   In certain cases, a reciprocal agreement with another streetcar line offered additional versatility.

   This page will deal exclusively with those transfers and continued ride tickets issued from rapid transit lines to other rapid transit lines or rapid transit lines to surface lines. 

   Transfers & continued ride tickets issued from travel on surface lines connecting service lines, will be addressed on the next page of this website.

pre-Unification Continuing Trip Tickets / Transfers
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Metropolitan Street Railways

Fulton Street - July 18, 1896
2-3/8 x 1-3/8
34th Street - March 4, 1896
2-3/8 x 1-3/8

Chambers & Grand Street Ferry Line

Broadway - April 30, 1892
2 1/8" x 1 5/16"

Third Avenue RailroadInterborough Rapid Transit - Subway Division

3 3/4" x 1 13/16"
Interborough Rapid Transit - Continuing Ride
Issued only at Third Avenue Station for continuing trip north on
Manhattan Railway at 149 Street only
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ca. 1920's - 1930's
5 9/16" x 2 1/2"
Form S. M. 3

all above, rare; $40 and up.

 


First Unification

   Both small and large format tickets are known with coinciding dates, as they were used concurrently with each other. There were two methods of dispersement. 

   Large format tickets were issued at the request of a passenger upon request from a change / token clerk. These resemble the later surface transfers

   Small format tickers were dispensed from a ticket machine mounted on the wall near the exit of the "paid" (secure) portion of rapid transit stations. It was self-service and a passenger had to be “in the know” to use the service.

   At the beginning of their use, continuing ride tickets were sold for 2 cents each, which was deposited into the ticket dispenser, you pulled a knob and out came a ticket. How they were obtained from the surface sources is not yet known, but presumably from the bus operator. 

 
  It should be kept in mind that both formats of tickets were used concurrently, and in the same manner: to provide a connection from rapid transit to surface lines or surface to rapid transit line when a  physical connection was lacking. 

     On Saturday June 1, 1940; the Board of Transportation began to offer free transfers between the IND Fulton Street Subway Franklin Avenue Station and the BMT Brighton Line (Franklin Avenue Shuttle) as well as Fulton Street Line at Rockaway Avenue.

   This large format continuing trip ticket below is also a reciprocal issue to the Franklin Avenue Continuing Trip Ticket in the Second Unification chapter below.

IND-3


small format Tickets / Transfers

   Despite looking all similar and random; there is a system to these tickets and they are hardly random.

Sunday
gold
Monday
periwinkle
Tuesday
Orange
Wednesday
green
Thursday
purple
Friday
gray
Saturday
cranberry

   Ticket text would change depending on the addition of removal of applicable connections of surface routes, or in the case of the Myrtle Avenue when it was shortened or then removed.

   The style of numerals - outline or solid, changed as well.


 

From Rapid Transit to Surface Line
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IND Division Brooklyn - Coney Island Line (Culver)
Church Avenue Station transfer to Church Avenue Surface Line
(either direction)
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Surface Lines to Rapid Transit
(outline number)
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Surface Lines to Rapid Transit
(solid number)

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   This section is a master station set of New York City Transit System transfer tickets assembled by George W. Schroder of New York City starting in July 1948 and extending through 1951. These transfer tickets were an extra fare purchase at a subway or elevated station for continuing trips on a streetcar or bus.

   The collection noted the overprint colors for the seven days of the week in addition to paper varieties only used in March 1950 and 1951 (a change from white to buff). Several stations include form varieties when a bus service changed, and thus the ticket text needed to be changed.

   This collection starts with a generic system wide issue for each division which can be used anywhere in the applicable division; then continues with the specific station issues for each division. This then repeats for Surface Line to Rapid Transit tickets.

   Finally, a table containing tickets from participating independent bus operators with reciprocal transfer agreements with the Transit System.


BOT / NYCTS - BMT Division:
from Rapid Transit Stations to Surface Lines

generic Issue for BMT Division

All tickets above as individuals; available regularly and in variety on eBay. Pay no more than $8.00 to $10.00 each.
No complete sets other than this one known. Any large collection of these tickets should be considered and priced on the merits of convenience, variety and quantity.

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BOT / NYCTS - BMT Division
from Surface Lines to Rapid Transit Lines
effective 12/3/1949

ticket stock color code = days of the week:
Monday = lavender; Tuesday = Orange; Wednesday = greenish gray; Thursday = lavender; Friday = gray; Saturday = Pink; Sunday = beige

All tickets above as individuals; available regularly and in variety on eBay. Pay no more than $8.00 to $10.00 each.
No complete sets other than this one known. Any large collection of these tickets should be considered and priced on the merits of convenience, variety and quantity.

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Block Ticket for Emergency use

.This Emergency Ticket issue is very uncommon. $20.00 to $25.00 in good condition.

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BOT / NYCTS - IND Division:
from Rapid Transit Stations to Surface Lines



All tickets above as individuals; available regularly and in variety on eBay. Pay no more than $8.00 to $10.00 each.
No complete sets other than this one known. Any large collection of these tickets should be considered and priced on the merits of convenience, variety and quantity.

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BOT / NYCTS - IRT Division:
from Rapid Transit Stations to Surface Lines

generic issue for IRT Division
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daily color set for Church Avenue
SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
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daily color set for Tremont Avenue
white ticket stock above
SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
buff ticket stock below

All tickets above as individuals; available regularly and in variety on eBay. Pay no more than $8.00 to $10.00 each.
No complete sets other than this one known. Any large collection of these tickets should be considered and priced on the merits of convenience, variety and quantity.

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   With this issue of small format tickets, the use of the colored ink overprint to denote the day of issue was eliminated, and the color of the ticket stock would now be used to denote day of issue.

Monday
lavender
Tuesday
peach
Wednesday
slate blue
Thursday
purple
Friday
gray
Saturday
mauve
Sunday
buff (natural)

NYCTS - Queens Bus Division


NYCTS - Staten Island Bus Division

All tickets above as individuals; slightly more difficult to obtain than the regular rapid transit issue in the chapter above this one. Pay no more than $10.00 to $12.50 each.
No complete sets other than this one known. Any large collection of these tickets should be considered and priced on the merits of convenience, variety and quantity.

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BOT / NYCTS - IRT Division:
from Independent Bus Operators to Rapid Transit Stations


Green Bus Lines
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Jamaica Buses
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Queens - Nassau Transit Lines
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Surface Transportation Corp.
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday

Third Avenue Transit CorpTriboro Coach

All tickets above as individuals; slightly more difficult to obtain than the regular rapid transit issues in that chapter. Pay no more than $11.00 to $13.00 each.
No complete sets other than this one known. Any large collection of these tickets should be considered and priced on the merits of convenience, variety and quantity.


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First Unification - Large Format Tickets / Transfers
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BMT Division - Bridge / Jay Street - PM
transfer to surface lines towards Brooklyn Bridge or Park Row
S-B 4-49
BMT Culver Line - Avenue X station
transfer to surface line

IRT-8
IRT Third Avenue Line - 42nd Street Station - PM
transfer to IRT Queensboro Line (Flushing Line)
- 42nd Street & Third Avenue (Grand Central Station)

All tickets above as individuals; more uncommon than the small format tickets. $10.00 to $12.00 each, with intact selvage; $12.50 - $15.00 used




Second Unification Continuing Trip - Small Format Tickets / Transfers

  There are less stations issuing tickets in this format, for two reasons: 

1) Subway to bus transfers ended, and; 
2) Subway to subway transfers eventually were eliminated, as the underground passageways for direct transfers were constructed now that the three subway operators (IRT, BMT and IND) were unified. 

As a new connection opened for use, the ticket was eliminated. Naturally, construction of these passageways took time.

BMT / IND Ninth Avenue / Church Avenue Station
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Myrtle Avenue Elevated
BMT Myrtle Avenue El
transfer to IND Subway at Jay Street / Boro Hall
High Street or Broadway / Nassau St.
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BMT Myrtle Avenue El
transfer to B54 to Jay Street / Boro Hall
(after el was truncated)

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Franklin Avenue Station
BMT Division - Brighton Line Franklin Avenue Station
transfer to IND Division Fulton Line - Franklin Avenue Station
These tickets above and below are actually a reciprocal pairs - transfer between same two stations, one from BMT Elevated Franklin Street Shuttle to IND Fulton Avenue Subway and vice versa.



Franklin Avenue Station

IND Division Fulton Line - Franklin Avenue Station
transfer to
BMT Division - Brighton Line Franklin Avenue Station
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Queens Boulevard

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Broadway / NassauRoosevelt Avenue Station
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Marcy Avenue Station
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All tickets above as individuals; slightly more common than the outline number variety. Pay no more than $6.00 to $8.00 each.
No complete sets other than this one known. Any large collection of these tickets should be considered and priced on the merits of convenience, variety and quantity.

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Block Ticket for Emergency use
This Emergency Ticket issue is very uncommon, but more readily seen than the outline E in the older set. $15.00 to $20.00 in good condition.

Second Unification - Large Format Tickets / Transfers

Third Avenue Elevated Last Day Transfer Issues

   One niche of collecting continuing ride tickets, are those from the last day of service.  The Third Avenue Elevated appears to be the most fondly remembered of the elevated lines  (Second, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, Myrtle Avenue).

   This being the case, tickets dated for the last day of service for the Third Avenue Elevated and its associated connections (where the Third Avenue Elevated is mentioned as a transfer point) receive added attention from collectors as well as a modest premium in prices.

 

IRT-5 (AM)IRT-6 (AM)
IRT Grand Central Station to Third Avenue Elevated - 42nd Street Station, southbound only
AM
PM
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IRT-7 (AM)IRT-8 (PM)
IRT Third Avenue Line - 42nd Street Station to IRT Queensboro Line
The portion of the IRT Flushing Line between Times Square and Queensboro Plaza was known as the Queensboro Line, prior to the discontinuance of BMT services in 1949, but the name was apparently still used on these tickets
42nd Street Station - AM42nd Street Station - PM
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IRT-13 (AM)
Chatham Square Station - AM
IRT-14 (PM)
Chatham Square Station - PM
M-13-N
M-15 bus transfer to Third Avenue Elevated
(unprinted back)
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BMT-8 (AM)
BMT Broadway Line - Chambers Street Station and IRT Lexington Avenue Line - Brooklyn Bridge Station
transfer to Third Avenue Elevated - City Hall Station




These last day issues of the Third Avenue Elevated appear from time to time on eBay, and with complete selvage; lead me to believe entire books exist.
$5.00 to $7.50 in good condition with selvage.
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Fulton Street ElevatedMyrtle Avenue ElevatedFulton Street Subway
IND-2 (PM)
April 27, 1956 - Last Day of Service Fulton Street Elevated Line

From IND Rockaway Avenue Station to BMT Fulton Street Elevated Line
IND-15 (AM)
From the IND Jay Street Station to the BMT Myrtle Avenue El

BMT-3 (AM)
From the BMT Franklin Avenue Station of the
Brighton Line - Franklin Avenue Shuttle to the IND Fulton Street Subway.

This ticket is the reciprocal issue to the Franklin Avenue Continued Ride Ticket in the First Unification chapter.

This last day issue of the Fulton Street Elevated is somewhat more rarer than the Third Avenue Elevated issues.
$7.50 to $10.50 in good condition with selvage.
uncommon; $5.00 with selvage.uncommon; $5.00 with selvage.

 




   The following tickets were used for a very short duration between the Fifth Avenue Station of the #7 Flushing Line and the 42nd Street Station of the Sixth Avenue Line (B, D, F). 

   Until 1968, there was no direct physical connection between the two stations, so passengers who needed to transfer between the two lines, were required to obtain this ticket from the token clerk on the #7 Line - Fifth Avenue station, then exit up to the street and walk one city block west, where they would then descend and enter the 42nd Street Station and surrender it to the token clerk, which would allow them to access the Sixth Avenue Line subway.

   These tickets were available in seperate AM and PM formats (PM format shown below) on Mondays to Fridays from December 18, 1967, until 1968 when an underground tunnel was completed to permit passengers to transfer without hinderence between the two subway lines. 

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TA-TR 12-67TA-TR 1 12-67

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   This next issue is a generic continuing ride ticket, and as such could be used from any line to any line.


TA-EM 11-60


Columbus Circle - ca. 1980's



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