Annual report of Hudson & Manhattan Railroad Company

(New York, N.Y. :  Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Company  )



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Hudson & Manhattan Railroad Company  1950 Annual Report

1949. But the number of passengers de¬
clined 17.5 per cent.

On April 12, 1950, the New York
intrastate fare was increased from 5 cents
to 10 cents. This fare entitles a passenger
to ride only between Christopher Street
and 33rd Street in New York City. These
fares contribute less than one per cent
of the Company's total passenger revenue.
During the eight full months of 1950
after this increase, the revenue from this
service was up $3,641, or 17.7 per cent
over the corresponding period of 1949.
The number of passengers, however, de¬
clined 41.2 per cent.

Steps are being taken to increase this
Company's proportion of the fares re¬
ceived on the joint sei-vice which we oper¬
ate with the Pennsylvania Railroad, and
also to make application to the Interstate
Commerce Commission for a further
increase in the interstate local fare.

In the summer of 1950 the Company
engaged in lengthy proceedings before
the Public Utilities Commission of the
State of New Jersey in an endeavor to
increase the local intrastate New Jersey
fare from 5 cents to 10 cents. Just before
this report was printed, the Commission
announced its denial of the increase.
Plans are now being made to appeal this

Grove Street Station

Several important elements of our
long-range improvement program were
completed in 1950. Substantial progress
was made on others.

On June 22 your Company formally
dedicated  the   rebuilt   and   modernized

Grove Street Station in Jersey City.
Mayor John V. Kenny of Jersey City par¬
ticipated in a ceremony which opened to
the people of his community one of the
finest and most modern rapid ti'ansit sta¬
tions in the New York metropolitan area.

The reconstruction at Grove Street in¬
cluded the installation of two Motorstairs
to carry passengers up and down from
the train platform to the street, a spe¬
cially designed system of fluorescent
lighting for the train platform, and exten¬
sive modernization of the street level

The Grove Street Station lobby was
redesigned to facilitate pedestrian flow
during the rush hours. Six entrance doors
lead into spacious and brilliantly lighted
corridors on either side of a new conces¬
sion stand and change booth.

Pilot Model Car

In the spring of 1950, a Hudson Tubes
car which had been in service for more
than 25 years was turned over to the
American Car & Foundry Company for
extensive rebuilding and modernization.
This "engineering pilot model" of the
Hudson Tubes car of the future was com¬
pleted early in 1951 and placed in regu¬
lar service in February. It represents new
ideas on car decoration developed by
industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss.

The rebuilt pilot model is now being
tested in daily operation to check the
practicality of new design and engineer¬
ing features and to give the riding public
a chance to express its reactions. Your
Company hopes it will be financially able
to modernize other cars on the basis of
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