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Electric Railway Journal

November 3, 1928 (Classic Reprint)



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Electric Railway Journal by McGraw Hill
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Excerpt from Electric Railway Journal: November 3, 1928 In The Omaha newspapers last week there appeared full-page statements by the Omaha & Council Bluffs Street Railway outlining the company's position with reference to its toll bridge which links the two cities. Agitation for a free bridge is not a new thing in Omaha or in Council Bluffs, but its injection into the franchise negotiations can be credited largely to Senator Howell of Nebraska, who apparently would seize what appears to be a golden opportunity to wrest political advantage from an already difficult situation. In President Shannahan's explanation of the intricate details of the bridge ownership by the Council Bluffs company and its leasing by the Omaha company, the complete story of the bridge lease, the financial set-up of the Council Bluffs company, the obligations of the Omaha company, the financial service performed by the toll bridge for both cities, and the effect upon Omaha and Council Bluffs of a competing non-toll bridge are dearly detailed. It is very frankly the intent of this message to enlist the sympathetic comprehension and support of the citizens of both cities in finding a satisfactory solution to a situation which is in no wise the creation of the present management, yet threatens now to jeopardize the granting of a new street railway franchise without which the Omaha & Council Bluffs Street Railway cannot continue to render efficient transportation service. Threatened more or less seriously with a proposal by some citizens that Omaha and Council Bluffs co-operate to build a free bridge, the street railway officials arc very wisely taking the public into their confidence, openly publishing the facts in the case, and asking for a square deal. The clear-cut, frank explanation of the position of the company and its attitude must commend it to every thinking citizen. The Omaha company has expressed clearly its willingness to co-operate to the fullest extent in effecting an arrangement which will be satisfactory to the public it serves. "We trust the public," declared Mr. Shannahan. "While we are aware of its desire for a non-toll bridge, we also have confidence in the public's intention to be fair with us. We believe that the public will be willing to pay for the bridge on its fair and just value. We likewise believe that the public will be willing to have this value determined in an impartial manner." Here again is an expression of confidence in the attitude of the American public. Whether or not the public in Omaha will in this instance deal fairly with its railway, only time alone will tell. Usually the man on the street has been handicapped by lack of facts. Here, however, he has the facts; clearly, openly and succinctly stated. The question is not one of the fairness of the public. It is instead a question of whether the public is able and willing to deal with facts and to detect in the glittering promises of those who seek to strike a popular chord by promising something for nothing, the hidden motive of personal advancement at the taxpayer's expense. Co-ordinating Building Development with Transit Facilities Literary license is the right of Deems Taylor. Still it came as a surprise to discover the editor of Musical America and the composer of the music of "The King's Henchman" writing for Vanity Fair an article "The City That Died of Greatness."He is an alarmed New Yorker who discusses what the skyscrapers are doing to his home town. Imaginative artist that he is, Mr. Taylor closes by indicating that perhaps the best thing to do after all would be to wait ten years until New York is so hopelessly congested that no one can move at all. The population will then migrate in a body, and New York can be set aside by the government as a national park - the city that was so prosperous nobody could afford to buy real estate; that was such an ideal place of business, nobody could transact any business; th
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September 27th, 2015
Country of Publication
United States
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