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City Transit, Department of

[Record Group 69]

69.1 Department of City Transit. Annual Reports
1913-1925, 1930-1951
35 volumes, index
For other Annual Reports between 1913-1938, see Office of the Mayor, Annual Reports
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
69.2 Directors' Files
1907-1951
4 cu.ft.
Includes copies of Director's, Assistant Director's and Traffic Specialists' incoming and outgoing memos and correspondence, main items among which are detailed replies to transit authorities in other cities concerning transit operations here; also, date summaries of articles of agreement between City and Philadelphia Transportation Co.; copy of "The Design, Construction, and Equipment of Broad Street Subways," 1928; copies of Acts of Assembly and Ordinances of Council re public transit powers, leases and facilities, with correspondence and memos regarding them to transit company officials, contractors, and city officials (e.g. Mayor, Controller, City Solicitor); maps.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
69.3 Agreements and Leases
1892-1954
1 cu.ft.
Copies of agreements between the City and various transit companies along with enabling ordinances and some correspondence.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
69.4 Legal Files
1906-1948
1 cu.ft.
Copies of briefs, applications, complaints, etc., filed with Pennsylvania Public Service Commission, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and Pennsylvania State Railroad Commission along with some appeals to the Pennsylvania Superior Court, chiefly concerning contracts, leases, fare tariffs, and damages; also copies of agreements, bonds, and some correspondence between City and Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company and other earlier transit companies. Also included is a copy of the lease between the City of Philadelphia and the Rapid Transit Company for the Broad Street Subway and the Ridge Avenue-Eighth Street Subway dated 28 June1934.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
69.5 Reports and Publications
1913-1930
4 cu.ft.
Reports, publications, etc. generated by the Department of City Transit and other public transit bodies. Includes "Report of the Transit Commissioner, July 1913"; reports on free transfers, 1914; rapid transit development, 1915; copies of various published drafts of the ordinance and opinions regarding the 1918 contract between the City and Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company, 1916-1918; reports on the lease and construction of the Frankford Elevated, 1919-1926; agreements and reports on the Broad Street Subway, 1925-1929; "Report of Transit Commission", 1920; "A Review of the Transit Situation by Harry A. Mackey, Mayor", 1929; "Report of Transit Advisory Committee on Transit Situation", 1930; "Market Street Elevated - Chronology of Construction", 1927; "History of Transit Development by Mayor's Planning Commission", 1929; histories of transit development, 1929-1930; transcripts of radio broadcasts, 1924-1930; traffic surveys, 1929-1930.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
69.6 Reports, Articles Relating to Public Transit
1884-1931
1 cu.ft.
Reports, articles, reprints of newspaper clippings relating to various aspects of transit development in the United States and to Philadelphia in particular.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
69.7 Operational Reports, Broad Street Subway
1928-1953
2 cu.ft.
Monthly and annual reports on all details of operations, expenses, passenger volume.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
69.8 Plan of Broad Street Subway and Delaware River Bridge Line
1937-1950
1 plan
The scale of the map is 1" = 1500'
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
69.9 Preliminary Location Survey, Northeast Extension of Broad Street Subway
1948
1 volume, index
Prepared by Engineering Consultants, Philadelphia; presents extensive data on population shifts and transportation times and problems of general routes from Northeast to Center City; bases proposals on a projected subway extension from a point between Erie and Godfrey Avenues to vicinity of Pennypack Circle.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
69.10 Market Street Elevated Passenger Railway Company. Files
1903-1909
1 cu.ft.
Includes blueprints, construction cost estimates & specifications relating to various aspects of the Market Street Subway-Elevated.
See also Record Series 69.9
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
69.11 Market Street Subway - 15th Street Station
1905-1954
9 sheets
Plans showing elevations, track lines, cross sections, profiles, plan of station and location of underground conduits in vicinity. 3 plans of station dated 1905-1906. Underground conduit plans dated 1932 and 1934. Revisions date to 1950 and 1954.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
69.12 Peoples Traction Company. Files
no date given
1 folder
Specifications for a power station to be erected at the intersection of Delaware Avenue and Green Street.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
69.13 Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company. Files
1902-1922
1 cu.ft.
Includes analysis of the company with map of its lines, 1904; specifications and estimated costs of Market Street subway, 1902-1909; blueprint for proposed station at Frankford Avenue & Arrott Street, 1903; publications issued in 1908, 1921-1922. Also includes "Leases, Philadelphia Rapid Transit System," 1918; "Mortgages, Philadelphia Rapid Transit System," n.d.
See also Record Series 69.3 & 69.4 for additional papers
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
69.14 Philadelphia Transportation Company. Files
1940
1 cu.ft.
Includes copies of minutes, merger agreement involving 65 transit companies, plan of reorganization, reports of procedures to United States District Court, Court's orders approving it, Company by-laws and voting trust agreement; agreements for mortgages with Girard Trust Company, with Transport Workers Union, with City for lease of Broad Street Subway and Frankford Elevated; handbook of maps of all bus, trolley, subway and elevated routes, 1940; the Philadelphia Transportation Company was organized at this time as a successor to the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company which had entered bankruptcy in 1939.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
69.15 Philadelphia and Suburban Elevated Railroad Company. Files
ca. 1911
1 volume, index
Proposal by the Philadelphia & Suburban Railroad Company to institute rapid transit in Philadelphia and suburbs with new construction and utilizing existing railroad lines.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
69.16 Philadelphia & West Chester Traction Company. Files
1909
1 folder
Information letter detailing reasons for fare increase.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
69.17 Union Traction Company. Files
1897-1899
3 folders
Includes published analysis of Union Traction Company, 1899; blueprints of the Beach & Green Streets station, Willow Grove Park sewage plant, and power plant at 13th & Mt Vernon Streets; specifications for the latter plant.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
69.18 Plans
1916-1928
94 plans, index
Includes plans for rebuilding City Hall foundation walls, the Broad Street City Hall subway station, the Delivery Loop Subway, the passways over the pump room and to the elevators, City Hall sidewalk replacement and the Market St. Subway and Concourse.
Drawings are made on linen and tissue. Sizes of plans range from 8 1/2" x 10 7/8" to 84" x 37" and are of varying scales.

For similar records see the following:
Commissioners for the Erection of the Public Buildings, Drawings and Plans(1871-1901)
City Architect, City Hall Drawings & Plans (1901-1918)
City Architect, City Hall Drawings & Plans (1920-1951)
Electrical Bureau, Drawings & Plans (1923-1924)
Department of City Property, City Hall, Drawings & Plans (1934)
Public Buildings Commission, City Hall Floor Plans(1953). Department of Public Property, Division of Architecture & Engineering, Drawings & Plans (1952-1972)
Department of Public Property, Electrical Bureau, Plans (1955-1958)

Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104



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