on Wed Mar 7 15:20:45 2018, in response to Re: Tuscarora Almanac for March 5, posted by MainR3664 on Wed Mar 7 06:38:28 2018.
We might have still had parts of what eventually became the IND. The CPW line was intended to be connected to the tracks N/O 57/7 now used for 63 St and the SAS. The present Crosstown Line was under consideration as an elevated line later changed to a subway originating from the Qnsbro Plz el structure. Even after the existing IND lines were under construction, Mayor Hylan was no longer in office so putting the BMT out of business was no longer on the table so the BMT was offered the new subway lines for it to operate. The BMT refused unless it would be allowed to raise the fare above 5 cents which was at the time politically undoable so the B of T ended up going into the subway business. Had the BMT agreed to take mover the new lines, what became the eventual merger of the BMT and IND with Chrystie would have looked quite a bit different. For one thing, the lettering system with which we are now familiar would probably not have been used since I have a photo of an R-1 mockup which shows a numbered route sign presumably continuing the number sequence established by the BMT in 1923. Its possible that even under B of T aegis, some of the BMT lines planned under the dual contracts would have been built but connected to the rest of the system differently.