The Wheels That Drove New York [electronic resource] : A History of the New York City Transit System / by Roger P. Roess, Gene Sansone.Material type: TextLanguage: English Series: Springer Tracts on Transportation and Traffic: 1Publisher: Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg : Imprint: Springer, 2013Description: XX, 432 p. 252 illus. online resourceContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9783642304842Subject(s): Engineering | Science -- History | Engineering economy | Civil engineering | Engineering | Engineering Economics, Organization, Logistics, Marketing | Civil Engineering | History of ScienceAdditional physical formats: Printed edition:: No titleDDC classification: 658.5 LOC classification: TA177.4-185Online resources: Click here to access online
Introduction to the New York City Transit System -- An Overview of the History of New York: Discovery Through the Civil War -- Enabling Technologies -- The Beginnings of Public Transportation in New York: Omnibuses and Street Railways -- The Age of Trolleys -- To "El" and Back: The Era of the Elevated Railroad -- Alfred E Beach and New York’s First Subway -- The Interborough Rapid Transit System -- The Dual Contracts and Expansion of the Subways -- The Independent Subway -- The Staten Island Rapid Transit -- When the Rubber Hits the Road -- Unification, a War, and the New York City Transit Authority -- Prelude to Disaster – The NYCTA Between 1953 and 1970 Things Have to Get Worse Before They Get Better: NYC Transit – 1970 to the Present -- Rolling Thunder -- The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men.
The Wheels That Drove New York tells the fascinating story of how a public transportation system helped transform a small trading community on the southern tip of Manhattan island to a world financial capital that is home to more than 8,000,000 people. From the earliest days of horse-drawn conveyances to the wonders of one of the world's largest and most efficient subways, the story links the developing history of the City itself to the growth and development of its public transit system. Along the way, the key role played by the inventors, builders, financiers, and managers of the system are highlighted. The Wheels That Drove New York takes us through the present day, and discusses the many challenges that the transit system has had to face over the years. It also traces the conversion of the system from fully private operations (through the elevated railways) to the fully public system that exists today, and the problems that this transformation has created along the way.