Rapid transit by belt conveyor

Would that even work? Public transit concepts for NYC (1900s)

Idea for NYC: Rapid transit by belt conveyor (1910)

The method of transportation by moving platform shown above can carry, according to the Public Service Commission, 73,500 people per hour at 12 miles per hour. Up to distances of 4 miles this is as fast as travel by the present combined express and local service. The express trains can carry 36,000 and the local trains 22,500 per hour. The successive platforms move at 3, 6, 9, and 12 miles per hour. – A vision of the future, as published in Scientific American in 1910

Rapid transit by belt conveyor

Underground moving sidewalks in New York (1903)

An interesting phase of New York’s transportation problem is the proposal to construct underground moving sidewalks or platforms. The first one planned, of which the details are shown in the drawing, to go from Williamsburg to Bowling Green, and is to connect on the way with the surface and elevated cars. The fare will be one cent, and the speed will be from five to nine miles an hour. (Illustration by Sydney Adamson, 1903)

Underground moving sidewalks In New York 1903



Illustrator: Beverly Towles / Courtesy the NY Public Library

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