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The Wheels That Drove New York

A History of the New York City Transit System

Roess, Roger P., Sansone, Gene

2013, XX, 432 p.

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  • Covers the complete history of new York City Transit System  from the beginnings of horse-drawn omnibuses to the present day
  • Demonstrates the often complex relationships among the City, its politics, its people and businesses, and the transit system
  • Wonderful illustrated book not only for readers interested in NY transit history but also for New York City lovers
  • Includes a  large set of new and original pictures and illustrations

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.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » History of New York - History of New York City Transit - New York City Transit System - New York Public Transportation

Related subjects » Civil Engineering - History of Science - Production & Process Engineering

Table of contents 

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.

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