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MIGHTIEST TRANSIT SYSTEM UNDER CITY'S FEET
New York, July 27. A great
army of workmen is preparing to
dig away the dirt from beneath
the thousands of skyscrapers that
press down upon Manhattan isl
and, in order to sink into its
bowels the greatest municipal
transit system ever attempted in
the world's history.
At the end of five years of driv
ing, unceasing labor, the inhabit
ants of New York will be able,
as a result, to ride beneath the
surface of the earth over 500
miles of track in dark, winding
tubes that cost to carve out and
equip the sum of $350,000,000
almost as much as we have spent
to build the Panama canal!
No one can understand the full
marvel of this undertaking unless
the topography affected is made
One must understand that
Manhattan island, upon which
New York rears its high-held
head, is just a low piece of
ground, not much higher than the
level of the sea-water that washes
it on every side and that it is but
twelve miles long and two miles
Then one starts to realize that
the introduction of several -hundred
miles of underground track
age in this tiny space means little
less than the hollowing out of the
whole of New York's founda
tions! Engineers, scores of them, have
pored over these new subway
plans for months, trying to evolve
a scheme of tubings that will care
adequately for the city's .human
traffic and which will not," at the'
same time, endanger the scores
of great, solid buildings that are
made up of thirty or forty stories
of granite, steel and concrete.
And the "H" plan has, at last
solved the problem.
By this scheme continuous1
subway lines are to traverse each'
side of the island, far enough'
away from the coast line to be
safe from seepage from rivers and
bays, and yet not close enough
to the backbone of Manhattan to
be directly under the largest
buildings located in the section
"bounded by Broadway and Fifth
avenue. This would not do, as
there is already one tube running
in this location and more might
weaken the resistance of the
earth, causing a terrible catas
trophe. There will be a cross-town sub
way connecting these two lines at
the center and various extensions
to outlying centers of traffic, in
cluding the new Pennsylvania
station on Seventh avenue.
" From Brooklyn bridge two
new lines are going to be carried
under the river, making Brooklyn
"closer" than ever to New York.
These lines will be four-tracked,
two forexpress trains and two for
"locals." The latter stop every
-six blocks, while the express
trains run by a mile of stations
without pause. Some of the trains
will run up onto elevated tracks
,at the subway termini and carry
suburban passengers out on Long
Island as far as Jamaica.
The cost of building-this- greatf