Fifty Years Of Rapid Transit, 1864-1917

January 10, 2012|
Fifty Years Of Rapid Transit, 1864-1917 by James Blaine Walker
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1918. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XI Public Ownership Assured--The Rapid Transit Act And Commission Of 1894. HT HE failure of the Stein way Commission to bring about the construction of new rapid transit lines spurred the people of New York City to further efforts. Led by Mayor Hewitt and the Chamber of Commerce, the citizens appealed to the Legislature of 1894 for some sort of legislation which would bring about the long desired result. The act passed in accordance with the plan of Mayor Hewitt, May 22,1894, accomplished what previous acts had failed to achieve mainly if not entirely because of the provision for public ownership. This made possible the use of the city's credit in providing the millions needed to bring the great project to fruition. "The great object aimed at," said Mr. Hewitt in the address before quoted, "was to secure the early completion of the work, its continued ownership by the city and its reversion at the end of fifty years to the city, free and clear of all encumbrances of every kind and nature whatever." While this feature was new, the statute in form was but an amendment of the act of 1891, which, though it failed of its immediate purpose, nevertheless was the first practicable legislation since the act of 1875. This was recognized by the board created in 1894, and in its first published report it gave credit to the important work done by its predecessor under the act of 1891. Governor Flower signed the bill of 1894 on the day of its enactment, namely May 22, and it went into effect immediately. By its terms a new board, known as the Board of Rapid Transit Railroad Commissioners, was substituted for that appointed under the act of 1891. The act itself provided that the new board should consist of the Mayor and the Controller of New York City and the president...
Title:Fifty Years Of Rapid Transit, 1864-1917
Product dimensions:90 pages, 9.69 X 7.44 X 0.19 in
Shipping dimensions:90 pages, 9.69 X 7.44 X 0.19 in
Published:January 10, 2012
Publisher:General Books LLC
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781150344923

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