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Boston (Mass.). Transit Commission

 Organization

Historical note

A commission to promote rapid transit for the City of Boston and its suburbs was created by Chapter 365 of the Acts of 1891. The expenses of the Commission were paid one-half by the Commonwealth and one-half by the City of Boston. The Commission made a report to the Legislature, April 5, 1892, and a supplementary and final report May 16, 1892. Based on the findings of the Rapid Transit Commission, the Massachusetts Legislature authorized the creation of the Boston Transit Commission in July of 1894. The Commission had charge of the construction of the Tremont street subway, the Charlestown Bridge, the tunnel to East Boston, the Washington street tunnel, the tunnel under Beacon Hill from the new Cambridge Bridge to the Park street station of the Tremont street subway, the East Boston Tunnel Extension, Boylston street subway, and the Dorchester tunnel for train service. The official existence of the Boston Transit Commission terminated on July 1, 1918.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Public Works Department photograph collection

 Collection
Identifier: 5000.009
Scope and Contents Photographs collected by the Public Works Department showing Transit construction and street scenes.
Dates: circa 1880-1970

Transit Department photographs

 Collection
Identifier: 8300.002
Dates: circa 1890-1970s

Transit Department records

 Collection
Identifier: 8300.001
Scope and Content

The Transit Department collection consists of records created by the Rapid Transit Commission, Boston Transit Commission and the Boston Transit Department. The collection dates from 1891-1949 and includes minutes, journals, photographs, publications and annual reports.

Dates: 1891-1949