Postcard of Fitchburg, Massachusetts (Epodunk)

In towns all around New England, trolleys and transit lines provided transportation to and from major cities, as well as between smaller shipping and business centers in less urban areas.

In and around the city of Fitchburg, public transit provided a means of transportation for business, necessity, and recreation for local residents.

Though the heyday of trolleys and trackless trolleys has long passed, the influence of public transit on these communities has been felt through present day, with the legacy of Whalom Amusement Park and current bus operations as examples of public transit's lasting effects on northern Worcester County.

In this first installment in a new "Transit Towns" series at the Boston Transit eMuseum, explore the history of transit in these communities, and its lasting effects on the present and future of getting around.

NEXT: The Fitchburg Railroad

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