Now here's a primary history source that comes alive. In 1903, someone at Thomas Edison's film company evidently placed a camera on the front of a Boston trolley. As Sam Baltrusis of Loaded Gun explains, the "old-school trolley takes a trip past Jordan Marsh then heads down Boylston Street into Copley Square." It's amazing footage posted to You Tube by the Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership, a.k.a. STEP. "I felt like I was in a time machine," gushes the first commenter.
STEP's current goals including making sure that the stops of the new Green Line are maximally designed to reduce car traffic in the suburb, and to increase the area's walkability. Nor is the group keen on plans to put a 24-hour storage yard for train cars within Somerville's boundaries.
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