By the 1890s, the transportation infrastructure of downtown Boston - a maze of narrow, winding streets laid out, in some cases, along Colonial cow paths - proved completely inadequate for the needs of a modern, bustling metropolis. Tremont Street, the city's main thoroughfare, was regularly subject to gridlock from a convergence of foot traffic, horse-drawn conveyances, trolley lines, and electric streetcars. To rectify the problem, the Boston Transit Commission, with Howard A. Carson as chief engineer, was created in 1894 to study remedies.
Society: ASCEMain Category: CivilSub Category: Roads & RailsEra: 1910-1919DateCreated: 1897BostonState: MACountry: USAWebsite: http://www.asce.org/Project/Boston-Subway/
YearAdded:Image Credit: Courtesy Flickr/Kan Wu (CC BY 2.0)Era_date_from: 1897