Viewing page 22 of 128

subway tracks have been designed. Pneumatic tubes have been devised.
But, it must be borne in mind that unless public mass transportation comes into much more general use, the feed-in of more cars into New York City will only increase the con-gestion of surface traffic which already is stretched to the breaking point. This clearly casts doubt on the funda-mental desirability of new vehicular tunnels and bridges. It is probable they will not speed traffic; they may only impede it. Perhaps some of this traffic is unnecessary. Although 85,000 out-of-towners drive to their work in New York daily, for the most part with only one person in a car it is equally discouraging to realize that 135,000 New York City residents also drive to work in Manhattan. 
Our city planners must consider all methods of transportation, no matter how exotic they may sound at the mo-ment, The rapid transit system must be greatly expanded and improved to provide mass transportation through-out the growing metropolitan region. Indeed this may well be the most im-portant single objective for prompt and continuing action. The degree of success obtained would be a lasting monument to any city administration. 
The waterways can help with hy-drofoils and hovercraft. Airways, intra-city as well as inter-city, must be de-veloped and exploited. To make our city accessible, more attractive to those coming to it or going from it as trav-elers, tourists, or as businessmen, every available means of transportation must

8
Please note that the language and terminology used in this collection reflects the context and culture of the time of its creation, and may include culturally sensitive information. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution, but is available in its original form to facilitate research. For questions or comments regarding sensitive content, access, and use related to this collection, please contact transcribe@si.edu.