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Re: Best Article I've Read on Reasons to Reactivate the Rockaway Beach Line

Posted by randyo on Mon May 7 15:38:07 2012, in response to Re: Best Article I've Read on Reasons to Reactivate the Rockaway Beach Line, posted by GP38/R42 Chris on Mon May 7 12:15:31 2012.

Not necessarily. Don't forget that Moses started his empire during the depression when federal funds were being made available for any public works project deemed worthy and some of the IND lines were built with WPA funds. Chicago is a prime example of a city that was able to build highways as well as rapid transit lines in such a way as to provide and efficient multi modal transportation system. The actual planning of Chicago's Congress Expwy was started in the late 1930s around the same time as construction was started on the State and dearborn subways. Although the State St subway was opened in 1943, the completion of the Dearborn subway was deferred until well after the end of WWII. However, the plan to connect the Dearborn subway with the Congress Expwy was, as I said envisioned long before its actual completion. It wasn't until the Eisenhower administration in the 1950s that federal funds were dedicated strictly to the construction of highways and away from mass transportation. If a person with Moses' political clout had wanted federal money for rapid transit, then it would have been provided. Don't forget that it it usually the part of the country the President comes from that gets most of the benefits and since FDR was from NY, NY and the northeast would be the main recipients of WPA and other federal monies.


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