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TRANSIT DEPARTMENT — CITY OF BOSTON

Thomas F. Sullivan, Chairman.
Francis E. Slattery,
Louis K. Rourke,

Commissioners .



ANNUAL REPORT



OF THE



TRANSIT DEPARTMENT



FOR THE



YEAR ENDIM JANUARY 31, 1923




CITY OF BOSTON
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ANNUAL REPORT

OP THE

TRANSIT DEPARTMENT

FOR THE YEAR ENDING JANUARY 31, 1923.



1 Beacon Street, Boston, Mass., February 1, 1923.

To the Mayor and City Council
of the City of Boston.
In accordance with the requirements of the existing ordinance,
the Transit Department respectfully submits the following-
report :

Reorganization of Department.
On March 13th the City Council, upon the recommendation
of His Honor, the Mayor, passed the following ordinance,
providing for the reorganization of the department :

"City of Boston.

In the Yeab Nineteen Hundred and Twenty-Two.

An Ordinance Concerning the Transit Department of the

City of Boston.

Be it Ordained by the City Council of Boston, as follows:

Section 1. Chapter three of the ordinances of nineteen hundred and
eighteen is hereby amended by striking out section one and substituting
therefor the following new section :

Section 1. The transit department shall be under the charge of a
board of three commissioners, appointed by the mayor, for the term of one
year each, one of whom he shall designate as chairman. The chairman
shall receive a salary of seven thousand five hundred dollars a year; the



2 City Document No. 30.

other members shall receive each a salary of five thousand dollars a year.
The board shall appoint a secretary, engineers, subordinates and employees,
define their powers and duties, and fix the amount of their compensation."
Approved by the Mayor March 14, 1922.

Edmund Billings, who had served as chairman from Novem-
ber 23, 1921, resigned on March 11th, to take effect April 1st,
and this resignation was accepted by His Honor, the Mayor,
on March 17th.

Frank S. Deland, who had served as commissioner from
August 24, 1921, resigned on March 13th.

On April 1st Commissioner of Public Works Joseph A.
Rourke was designated as acting commissioner until a second
commissioner had qualified.

On April 1st Thomas F. Sullivan was designated as acting
chairman of the board. On April 3rd he qualified as Transit
commissioner and was designated chairman, and on the same
date Francis E. Slattery qualified as commissioner. On April
12th Louis K. Rourke qualified as commissioner.

Office Quarters.
The increased activities of the department made necessary
more space for its office quarters and an arrangement was made
whereb}^ the lease of its offices on the sixth floor of the Albion
building was cancelled and a new lease executed for rooms on
the seventh floor.

East Boston Tunnel Alterations.

A statement of the progress in detail of the work of construc-
tion of the underground station of the East Boston tunnel at
Maverick square will be found in the appended report of the
chief engineer.

At the request of the trustees of the Boston Elevated Railway
Company, the board voted to make provision in the station for
an enlargement of the trainmen's lobbj^, with an additional
office for train starters, a tool room, trackmen's lobby, signal
tower, and signal room, at an estimated cost of $25,000.

The platforms of the Devonshire station of the East Boston
tunnel are being extended for a distance of thirty feet to adapt
that station to use by train service upon completion of the
Maverick square station. This work is being done upon request
of the Boston Elevated Railway Company at an additional



Transit Department. 3

estimated cost of $45,000, and is being carried on in such
a manner as not to interfere with the operation of cars through
the tunnel.

The board has voted to proceed with the work of raising
platforms at Bowdoin and Scollay Under stations of the East
Boston tunnel extension, and Devonshire and Atlantic avenue
stations of the East Boston tunnel, to adapt those stations to
use for train operation upon completion of the Maverick square
station.

Underground Structures.

Before taking formal action upon the question of removal and
relocation of underground structures where they were deemed
to interfere with construction work, conferences were held with
representatives of the various companies owning such structures
and the chief engineer was instructed to furnish each company
with copies of such plans as may be necessary.

A manhole to be used as an outlet for cables carried through
the East Boston tunnel is being constructed in accordance with
request of the Boston Elevated Railway Company, at an esti-
mated cost of not exceeding $1,500.

Tremont Street Subway.

The platforms of the Haymarket square and Adams square
stations, and the northbound and southbound platforms at
Boylston street have been lowered to bring the edges of these
platforms at an elevation of three inches above the rail.

Certain changes were made in the location of columns at the
Scollay square station to give longer available platform space
for northbound cars.

Studies were made for an enlargement of the Park street
station of the Tremont street subway providing for an additional
platform under Tremont street adjacent to the northbound
outside track, with entrances and exits on Tremont street in
the vicinity of Temple place, but of a much smaller design than
the existing Tremont street entrances.

Boylston Street Subway.
Negotiations for the purchase of the city yard property, so
called, terminated, and the check deposited as part of the pur-
chase price was declared forfeited by reason of failure to com-
plete the purchase.



4 City Document No. 30.

East Boston Tunnel Extension.
The property located at 113 Cambridge street, being such
portion of the property taken for the purposes of the East
Boston tunnel extension and no longer needed for such pur-
poses, was sold on January 6, 1923.

Washington Street Tunnel.
Approval was given to the Boston Elevated Railway Com-
pany to make certain alterations in a part of the Washington
street tunnel in connection with the opening of a passageway
from the Devonshire street entrance to the Winthrop building.

Arlington Station.
Bids were received on June 20th for furnishing and laying
about 5,200 square yards of wood block pavement on Boylston
street, between a line about 75 feet west of Berkeley street
and a line about 150 feet east of Arlington street, and the con-
tract for this work was awarded to the lowest bidder, the
B. E. Grant Company. Amount of the bid was $23,200. Work
was completed on August 14th.

Dorchester Tunnel.
Approval was given to the Boston Elevated Railway Com-
pany to make certain alterations in the space beneath the
surface of Winter street, between Tremont and Washington
streets, known as the Winter street galleiy, upon terms
and conditions set forth in agreements between that company
and Shepard Norwell Company, Gilchrist Company and
Conrad & Company for use of this gallery as approved by the
Department of Public Utilities.

Cambridge Connection.
The work of widening the stairway from the southerly plat-
form of the Cambridge Connection to the westerly platform
of the Park street station, and of the approach from the lower
platform was completed on August 22nd.

Dorchester Transit Problem.
The department has held many conferences with the Depart-
ment of Public Utilities relative to extending the high speed
service to Dorchester from the present terminus of the Dor-
chester tunnel at Andrew square.



Transit Department. 5

When the Dorchester tunnel was constructed, Andrew square
station was designed for a way station-, and its use as a terminal
was contemplated only pending the construction of a route
south of that point. The length of surface track in this station
is wholly inadequate for the train service operated to that
point, and this results in an intolerable congestion, particularly
during the rush hours.

A bill has been prepared for presentation to the incoming
legislature for an extension of the Dorchester tunnel from its
present terminus under Boston street to a point just south of
Dorchester avenue, coming to the surface on an incline to the
existing road bed of the Boston division of the New York,
New Haven & Hartford railroad, where it is proposed to utilize
the westerly portion of the New Haven track area from that
point to Harrison square for a double track high speed line.

This will necessitate the widening of bridges on Columbia
road and Savin Hill avenue and the relocation of the New
Haven track on land to be acquired by this departmicnt ad-
jacent to the existing steam railroad location.

The plan contemplates the purchase from the Old Colony
Railroad of the Shawmut Branch Railroad from Harrison
square to Mattapan, with a terminus for high speed trains at
Fields Corner, where a station is to be erected providing bodil}^
transfer to surface cars for all points beyond.

The approval of this project by the legislature will initiate
a new phase of transit development at a great reduction in
cost, by the utilization of steam railroad locations for high
speed lines in place of elevated structures, subways or tunnels.

Sinking Funds.
The following is the condition of the debt and of the sinking
funds for the various divisions of the work of the department
at the date of this report, as stated by the City Treasurer :

Subway (Including Alterations).
{Debt, $AA16,000, outside debt limit.)

Amount of fund, February 1, 1922 $2,379,770 49

Interest on bank deposits, February 1, 1922,

to date $1,194 66

Interest on investments, February 1, 1922,
to date 91,470 00



Carried forward $92,664 66 $2,379,770 49



6 City Document No. 30.

Brought forward $92,664 66 $2,379,770 49

Revenue, etc., February 1, 1922 to date . 25,707 00
Appreciation of investments, February 1,

1922, to date 4,271 80

— — 122,643 46



J,502,413 95



Interest on investments purchased, February

1, 1922, to date 606 66



Charlestown Bridge, No. 1.
(Debt, 8750,000, inside debt limit.)

Amount of fund, February 1, 1922

Interest on bank deposits, February 1, 1922,

to date $572 31

Interest on investments, February 1, 1922,

to date 14,362 92

Requirement for debt 6,300 00



$2,501,807 29



$376,366 61



21,235 23
$397,601 84
Charlestown Bridge, No. 2.
{Debt, $665,000, outside debt limit.)

Amount of fund, February 1, 1922 $414,066 71

Interest on bank deposits, February 1, 1922,



to date

Interest on investments, February 1, 1922

to date

Revenue, etc., February 1, 1922 to date



$496 89

17,016 25
7,472 25



24,985 39
$439,052 10
East Boston Tunnel.
{Debt, §3,308,000, outside debt limit.)

Amount of fund, February 1, 1922 $1,383,539 76

Interest on bank deposits, February 1, 1922,

to date $1,099 43

Interest on investments, February 1, 1922,

to date 52,042 92

Requirement for debt 15,254 00

Revenue, etc., February 1, 1922, to date . 581 13

Appreciation of investments, February 1,

1922, to date 1,535 00

70,512 48



$1,454,052 24



Interest on investments purchased, February

1, 1922, to date 690 28



$1,453,361 96



Teansit Department. 7

Boston Tunnel and Subway.

{Debt, $8,418,700, outside debt limit.)

Amount of fund, February 1, 1922 $2,181,058 13

Interest on bank deposits, February 1, 1922,

to date $1,449 95

Interest on investments, February 1, 1922,

to date 89,657 26

Revenue, etc., February 1, 1922, to date . 80,264 00

Appreciation of investments, February 1,

1922, to date 4,013 00

175,384 21



$2,356,442 34
Interest on investments purchased, February

1, 1922, to date 1,518 62

$ 2,354,923 72

Rapid Transit — Cambridge Connection.

{Debt, $1,520,000, outside debt limit.)

Amount of fund, February 1, 1922 $195,174 17

Interest on bank deposits, February 1, 1922,

to date $606 92

Interest on investments, February 1, 1922,

to date 7,796 87

Revenue, etc., February 1, 1922, to date . 15,079 50

— 23,483 29



$218,657 46



Boylston Street Subway.
{Debt, $5,375,000, outside debt limit.)

Amount of fund, February 1, 1922 $7,844 08

Interest on bank deposits, February 1, 1922,

to date $31 38

Interest on investments, February 1, 1922,

to date 305 00

Revenue, etc., February 1, 1922, to date . 500 00

836 38



5,680 46



Dorchester Tunnel.
{Debt, $10,750,000, outside debt limit.)

Amount of fund, February 1, 1922 $69,397 44

Interest on bank deposits, February 1, 1922,



to date

Interest on investments, February 1, 1922

to date

Revenue, etc., February 1, 1922, to date



$862 06

2,427 50
20,779 63



24,069 19
$93,466 63



City Document No. 30.



Arlington Station.

{Debt, $1,230,000, outside debt limit.)

East Boston Tunnel Alterations

{Debt, $1,747,000, outside debt limit.)

East Boston Tunnel Extension.

{Debt, $2,450,000, outside debt limit.)

Amount of fund, February 1, 1922

Interest on bank deposits, February 1, 1922,

to date

Interest on investments, February 1, 1922,
to date





$152,846 44


$143 11




5,843 75


5,986 86






$158,833 30



Rental Bills Rendered to the Boston Elevated Railway

Company.
The following is a statement of the bills rendered for rental
of the various tunnels and subways:

Tremont Street Subway.
Mar. 31, 1922:



Net cost of subway .


. $4,101,938 70




Rental for one quarter




$46,146 81


Alterations: net cost .


242,673 93




Rental for one quarter




2,730 08


June 30, 1922:






Net cost of subway .


. 4,101,938 70




Rental for one quarter




46,146 81


Alterations: net cost .


'. '. 242,673 93




Rental for one quarter




2,730 08


Sept. 30, 1922:






Net cost of subway


. 4,101,938 70




Rental for one quarter




46,146 81


Alterations : net cost .


'. '. 242,673 93




Rental for one quarter




2,730 08


Dec. 31, 1922:






Net cost of subway


. 4,101,938 70




Rental for one quarter




46,146 81


Alterations: net cost .


'. '. 242,673 93




Rental for one quarter


Total


2,730 08




$195,507 56


Washington


Street Tunnel.




Mar. 31, 1922:






Net cost of tunnel


. $7,926,076 84




Rental for one quarter




$89,168 36


June 30, 1922:






Net cost of tunnel


. 7,926,076 84




Rental for one quarter





89,168 36


Carried forward


$178,336 72



Teansit Department.



9



Brought forward

Sept. 30, 1922:
Net cost of tunnel
Rental for one quarter

Dec. 31, 1922:
Net cost of tunnel
Rental for one quarter



7,926,076 84
7,926,154 76

Total



$178,.336 72

89.168 36

89.169 24
$3.56,674 32



Cambridge Connection.



Mar. 31, 1922:

Net cost of connection
Rental for one quarter

June 30, 1922:

Net cost of connection
Rental for one quarter

Sept. 30, 1922:

Net cost of connection
Rental for one quarter

Dec. 31, 1922:

Net cost of connection
Rental for one quarter



$1,490,748 72

1,508,663 07

1,517,471 04

1,518,634 80

Total



BoYLSTON Street Subway.



Mar. 31, 1922:

Net cost of subway
Rental for one quarter

June 30, 1922:

Net cost of subway
Rental for one quarter

Sept. 30, 1922:

Net cost of subway
Rental for one quarter

Dec. 31, 1922:

Net cost of subway
Rental for one quarter



$5,193,706 99
5,194,303 06
5,216,245 33

5,224,909 48

Total



$18,168 50
18,386 83
18,494 18

18,508 36

$73,557 87

$58,429 20

58,435 91

58,682 76

58,780 23
$234,328 10



East Boston Tunnel Extension.
Mar. 31, 1922:

Net cost of extension ..... $2,240,205 56

Rental for one quarter . . .
June 30, 1922:

Net cost of extension 2,240,205 56

Rental for one quarter ....
Sept. 30, 1922:

Net cost of extension 2,240,094 06

Rental for one quarter ....
Dec. 31, 1922:

Net cost of extension 2,240,094 06

Rental for one quarter ....

Total



$25,202 31



25,202 31



25,201 06



25,201 06

$100,806 74



10



City Document No. 30.



Mar. 31, 1922:
Net cost of tunnel
Rental for one quarter

June 30, 1922:
Net cost of tunnel
Rental for one quarter

Sept. 30, 1922:
Net cost of tunnel
Rental for one quarter

Dec. 31, 1922:
Net cost of tunnel
Rental for one quarter



Dorchester Tunnel.



$10,736,734 34



10,739,049 44



10,742,013 63



10,752,349 35



Total



Mar. 31, 1922:
Net cost of tunnel
Rental for one quarter

June 30, 1922:
Net cost of tunnel
Rental for one quarter

Sept. 30, 1922:
Net cost of tunnel
Rental for one quarter

Dec. 31, 1922:
Net cost of tunnel
Rental for one quarter



Arlington Station.



$1,179,662 18



1,183,620 61



1,208,378 27



1,211,877 25



Total



June 30, 1922:

Net cost of tunnel
Rental for one quarter

Sept. 30, 1922:
Net cost of tunnel
Rental for one quarter

Dec. 31, 1922:
Net cost of tunnel
Rental for one quarter



Grand Total



East Boston Tunnel.



$3,354,176 78
3,354,690 91
3,354,769 41

Total .



Tremont Street Subway.
Washington Street Tunnel .
Cambridge Connection .
Boylston Street Subway.
East Boston Tunnel Extension
Dorchester Tunnel .
Arlington Station .
East Boston Tunnel



$120,788 26

120,814 30

120,847 65

120,963 93
414 14



Total



$13,271 20

13,315 73

13,594 25

13,633 62
$53,814 80

$8,684 10

37.740 27

37.741 15
$84,165 52

$1,582,269 05

$195,507 56

356,674 32

73,557 87

234,328 10

100,806 74

483,414 14

53,814 80

84,165 52

$1,582,269 05



Transit Department.



11



Statement of Expenses.
The following is a classified statement of the expenses of the
department for the year ending January 31, 1923 :

EAST BOSTON TUNNEL.

Engineering and miscellaneous :

Labor $1,594 52

Lighting 81 15

Office supplies .... 6 60

Skilled service .... 163 00

Teaming 3 75



Construction supplies
Field supplies
Labor .
Teaming



Section B.

$421 80

11 00

349 40

6 46



$1,849 02



788 66



BOSTON TUNNEL AND SUBWAY.

Section 5.



Skilled service


GE CONNEC^


$78 02


CAMBRIE


rioN.


Office:






Transferred from East Boston




Tunnel Alterations account


$1,762 22


Engineering and miscellaneous:






A. V. Day & Company (Con






tract 740)


$1,479 89




Galassi Mosaic and Tile Com






pany (Contract 704) .


249 72




Advertising




13 95




Chief Engineer .




275 00




Construction supplies




2,760 73




Field supplies .




2,195 86




Fuel ....




150 28




Instruments




5 00




Labor




21,612 61




Lighting ...




2,169 39




Rental




543 82




Skilled service .




2,591 15




Stationery — supplies




34 21




Teaming .




1,251 28




Telephone — telegraph




107 73




Tools ....




1,083 85




Water pipes




10 92








36,535 39







$2,637 68



$78 02



,297 61



DORCHESTER TUNNEL.

Office:

Transferred from ArMngton Station account

Engineering and miscellaneous:

Chief Engineer. ... $50 00

Lighting 2 62



Carried forward



$52 62



$190 45



$190 45



12



City Document No. 30.



Brought forward .
Park Street Station enlarge

ment
Rental

Skilled service .
Stationery — supplies
Telephone — telegraph



Credit:
Stock



$52 62

4,030 84
138 33
225 19

3 15

4 56

$4,454 69
692 45



$190 45



3,762 24



Section D.



Construction supplies
Labor ....
Stationery — supplies .
Teaming



$114 38

1,796 23

25

43 74



1,954 60



Labor ....

Legal and expert advice

Printing

Skilled service .

Stationery — supplies .

Stenographers



Section E.

$216 99

50 00

9,710 11

1,039 25

28 40

545 52



11,590 27



Section F.



Construction supplies
Field supplies
Stationery — supplies .



U3 45

30 00

6 40



49 85



Section J.



Labor



1,433 86



?,9S1 27



BOYLSTON STREET SUBWAY.

Office:

Transferred from East Boston Tunnel

Alterations account $2,120 23

Engineering and miscellaneous:

Chief Engineer . . . $250 00

Construction supplies . . 1,962 06

Field supplies .... 4,078 15

Labor . . . . . 18,942 84
Legal and expert advice . 200 00

Lighting 49 36

Rental 508 34

Skilled service .... 1,734 18

Stationery — ■ supphes . . 36 35

Teaming 370 63

Telephone — telegraph . . 39 42

Tools 1,636 55



29,807 88



Carried forward $31,928 11



Transit Department.



13



Brought forward

Section 1.
Stationery — supplies

Section 2.
Galassi Mosaic and Tile Company (Contract
700) ........



L,928 11
6 40

164 59



EAST BOSTON TUNNEL EXTENSION.
Section J.
Property damages: takings (credit) . . . $2,754 00



$32,099 10



$2,754 00



ARLINGTON STATION.

Office:

Transferred from East Boston Tunnel Alter-
ations account $1,762 17

Engineering and miscellaneous:

Chief Engineer . ■ . . $275 00

Lighting 12 04

Rental 327 11

Skilled service .... 853 62

Stationery — ■ supphes . . 21 70

Stenographers .... 16 25

Telephone — telegraph . . 26 66



Construction :

Hugh Nawn Contracting Com-
pany (Contract 687) .
B. E. Grant Company (Con-



$7,221 00



1,532 38



tract 750) .








13,360 24




Advertising








7 65




Inspection








156 00




Labor








4,563 29




Lighting .








889 55




Paving








2,817 26




Rental








350 00




Teaming .








170 37




Telephone — tele


graph






3 09








$29,538 45




Credit :










Waldo Bros. &










Bond Com-










pany (Con-










tract 709) .


$5,271


5.


5




Construction










supplies


12,369


8<


3




Field supplies .


317


7i


i




Fuel .


15


6.


5




Tools


90 0^


1










18,064 91




















11,473 54


Extension :










Hugh Nawn


Contract


m


0-




Company (Contract 687)




$102 71




Waldo Bros. &


Bond Com


-




pany (Contract


709) .




6,024 62
$6,127 33




Carried forwara


$14,768 09



14



City Document No. 30.



Brought forward .


$6,127 33


$14,768 09


B. E. Grant Company (Con






tract 750) .


13,360 25




Advertising


7 65




Field supplies .


13 69




Inspection


156 00




Labor ....


589 09




Lighting ....


845 94




Paving ....


1,177 58




Skilled service .


232 40




Stationery — supplies .


2 30




Stenographers .


16 25




Teaming ....


102 19






$22,630 67




Credit:






Construction supplies


5,634 02


16,996 65






Interest . . .




10,332 10



$42,096 84



EAST BOSTON TUNNEL ALTERATIONS.



Office:












Furniture ....


$291 43


Lighting .








212


52


Printing .








456


70


Rental








6,021


25


Repairs








1,499


69


Stationery — suppUes .




2,714


60


Telephone — telegraph




1,731


38


Office boy




699


18


Stenographers .




4,602


93


Assistant Secretary an(


1




Cliief Clerk .


2,692


56


Commissioners and Secretary


19,578


87




$40,501


11


Transferred to ArHngton Sta


-




tion Account . $1,762 1


7




Transferred to Dor-






chester Tunnel Ac-






count . . 190 4,


5




Transferred to Cam-






bridge Connection






Account . . 1,762 2


2




Transferred to Boyls-






ton Street Subway






Account . . 2,120 2


3








5,835


07










— $34,666 04


Engineering and miscellaneous






Chief Engineer .


$5,100 00


Clerks








6,881


07


Furniture .








41


61


Instruments








38 55


Lighting .








168


83


Printing .








882


97


Rental








5,053


67


Repairs








1,088


65


Skilled service








36,243


75


Carried forward .


$55,499


10 $34,666 04



Transit Department.



15



Brought forward .


$55,499 10 $34,666 04


Stationery — • supplies .


5,745 61


Stenographers . . . .


5,065 19


Telephone — ■ telegraph .


534 68


Devonshire Station Changes:




Skilled service . . . .


1,935 46


Stationery — supplies .


18 47




CO 7r)0 CI




OO, 1 vo o L


Construction :




Advertising . . . .


$175 95


Alterations . . . .


4,527 57


Construction supplies


236,900 04


Damages ....


25 00


Field supplies . . . .


122,498 50


Fuel


6,426 62


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