The mural depicts a Boston streetcar from the 1890s and its passengers, that seem to be of different ethnicities, dressed in bright coloured outfits; the women and men sport fancy, fashionable hats. They are engaged in routine activities - a lady in blue looks through binoculars, one reads 'The Globe' newspaper, as the lady with a pet dog in the seat behind leans forward to read the same newspaper. Another lady is depicted with three children and two ladies play trumpets. Other passengers seem to be just enjoying the ride.
The mural proudly acknowledges Park Street with the words - ‘The first subway in America 1897'. The Boston subway, commonly known as the 'T' started service way back in 1897, closely followed by New York subway in 1904. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) website states that, as of 2021, the T is the largest American transit agency to use electricity that is 100% produced from renewable sources.
While processing the image on my computer, an interesting detail in the artwork caught my attention, as it seems so relevant today, with record inflation levels in USA. There is a line on the bottom left section of the artwork with the words - ‘Five cent fare lasted twenty five years’ that says it all.