The Wheels That Drove New York

A History of the New York City Transit System


ISBN: 978-3-642-30483-5 (Print) 978-3-642-30484-2 (Online)

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages 1-16

  2. Chapter

    Pages 1-6

    Introduction to the NYC Transit System

  3. Chapter

    Pages 7-34

    An Overview of the History of New York: Discovery through the Civil War

  4. Chapter

    Pages 35-52

    Enabling Technologies

  5. Chapter

    Pages 53-61

    The Beginnings of Public Transportation in New York: Omnibuses and Street Railways

  6. Chapter

    Pages 63-87

    The Age of Trolleys

  7. Chapter

    Pages 89-138

    To “El” and Back: The Era of the Elevated Railroad

  8. Chapter

    Pages 139-154

    Alfred E. Beach and New York’s First Subway

  9. Chapter

    Pages 155-178

    The Interborough Rapid Transit System

  10. Chapter

    Pages 179-197

    The Dual Contracts and Expansion of the Subways

  11. Chapter

    Pages 199-222

    The Independent Subway

  12. Chapter

    Pages 223-248

    The Staten Island Rapid Transit

  13. Chapter

    Pages 249-279

    When the Rubber Hits the Road

  14. Chapter

    Pages 281-305

    Unification, War, and the New York City Transit Authority

  15. Chapter

    Pages 307-332

    Prelude to Disaster: The NYCTA between 1953-1970

  16. Chapter

    Pages 333-375

    Things Have to Get Worse before They Get Better: NYC Transit – 1970 to the Present

  17. Chapter

    Pages 377-410

    Rolling Thunder

  18. Chapter

    Pages 411-430

    The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men