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The story of electric rail transportation in Schenectady mirrors the development of urban transportation throughout America, but it also has its own peculiar local characteristics. Most notably, Schenectady had some of the finest amenities for street railway passengers in the nation, including a Beaux-Arts waiting room with 45-foot-tall ceilings, the longest trolley bridge in the world, and “Bullet” cars capable of traveling at 90 mph. These helped make it the hub of a regional interurban trolley network, with hourly service or better to the region’s other urban centers. With two major factory complexes employing a significant percentage of the city’s population, Schenectady also had some of the most concentrated rush hour traffic found anywhere. This book focuses on the chronology and location of the streetcar and interurban routes partially or wholly in Schenectady.
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