Interborough Rapid Transit New York Subway Its construction & equipment HC
Interborough Rapid Transit New York Subway Its construction & equipment HC
Interborough Rapid Transit New York Subway Its construction & equipment HC
Interborough Rapid Transit New York Subway Its construction & equipment HC
Interborough Rapid Transit New York Subway Its construction & equipment HC
Interborough Rapid Transit New York Subway Its construction & equipment HC

Interborough Rapid Transit New York Subway Its construction & equipment HC

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Interborough Rapid Transit New York Subway Its construction & equipment HC
 
Interborough Rapid Transit The New York Subway Its construction and Equipment  Hard cover. Oversize
Copyright 1904 This edition prepared for distribution by Crown Publishers.  ARNO PRESS Printing date unknown, 1971?  
154 pages
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INTRODUCTION
THE completion of the rapid transit railroad in the boroughs of Manhattan and The Bronx, which is popularly known as the " Subway," has demonstrated that underground railroads can be   built beneath the congested streets of the city, and has made possible in the near future a comprehensive system of subsurface transportation extending throughout the wide territory of Greater New York.
In March, 1900, when the Mayor with appropriate ceremonies broke ground at the Borough Hall, in Manhattan, for the new road, there were many well-informed people, including prominent financiers and experienced engineers, who freely prophesied failure for the enterprise, although the contract had been taken by a most capable contractor, and one of the best known banking houses in America had committed itself to finance the undertaking.
In looking at the finished road as a completed work, one is apt to wonder why it ever seemed impossible and to forget the difficulties which confronted the builders at the start.
The railway was to be owned by the city, and built and operated under legislation unique in the history of municipal governments, complicated, and minute in provisions for the occupation of the city streets, payment of moneys by the city, and city supervision over construction and operation. Questions as to the interpretation of these provisions might have to be passed upon by the courts, with.delays, how serious none could foretell, especially in New York where the crowded calendars retard speedy decisions. The experience of the elevated railroad corporations in building their lines had shown the uncertainty of depending upon legal precedents. It was not, at that time, supposed that the abutting property owners would have any legal ground for complaint against the elevated structures, but the courts found new laws for new conditions and spelled out new property rights of light, air, and access, which were made the basis for a volume of litigation unprecedented in the courts of any country.
An underground railroad was a new condition. None Could say that the abutting property owners might not find rights substantial enough, at least, to entitle them to their day in court, a day which, in this State, might stretch into many months, or even several years. Owing to the magnitude of the work, delay might easily result in failure.

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