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Re: Why there are few off-street terminals in NYC?

Posted by RailBus63 on Tue Jun 11 23:59:05 2013, in response to Why there are few off-street terminals in NYC?, posted by RiverLINE3501 on Tue Jun 11 19:47:33 2013.

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The lack of terminals has historic reasons. New York developed the Dual Contracts system to push the rapid transit as far out into the sticks as possible and build the neighborhoods up around the els. In Boston, the heavy rail lines were seen instead as main trunk routes and off-street terminals were designed to allow the streetcars to connect to outlying neighborhoods and suburbs. Boston's terminals such as the original Dudley or Sullivan Square facilities were very forward-thinking for their time, designed to facilitate easy cross-platform transfers between car lines and rapid transit. Had the Boston Elevated's Edward Dana been running the show when the Flushing Line was built, I'm sure he'd have envisioned a large transfer terminal in the vicinity of Main & Roosevelt!

Then, by the time the TA and later the MTA gained control of the system, the real estate was either unavailable or was too expensive to build off-street terminals.

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