Subway & Elevated Rapid Transit Lines, Save Large Cities From Trolley Traffic Jams
Around the turn of the 20th century, because of the trolley's tremendous popularity with the riding public, a serious problem had developed in many major cities, during the rush hours. There were so many trolleys converging into the downtown areas, that trolley traffic jams actually developed.
Rush hour on West Superior Street, in Cleveland, Ohio. The electric trolley's great popularity with the riding public created scenes like the above in many major cities during rush hour. (Postcard from the Collection of Rick Russell)
The solution to this problem, for a number of large cities, was to build rapid transit subways under the city streets, and/or elevated railways above the streets. These rapid transit lines, were able to move very large crowds of passengers, quickly from one part of the city to the other, without being delayed by the surface, street traffic. Trolley lines in outlying areas of many of these cities, provided feeder service to the rapid transit lines, which could then bring commuters downtown much more quickly.
Dudley Street Elevated Transfer Station, Boston Massachusetts. Passengers could transfer between the trolleys and elevated trains of the Boston Elevated Railway Company. (Postcard From the Collection of Rick Russell)
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