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1921: Jersey City Under Commission Government
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Summit Avenue Congestion

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NE of the pressing problems confronting the city government is the relief of the traffic congestion upon the Boulevard and adjacent streets near the Summit Avenue station of the Hudson Tubes.

The Hudson Tubes have brought to our city such a great number of people who have found homes upon the hill and who use that station in going to and returning from New York daily, and the growth of the automobile traffic has been so astonishing that there has suddenly arisen a great congestion in traffic conditions at this point, which no one a few years ago could have possibly foreseen. It is absolutely necessary that this problem should be solved. The Commissioners have carefully considered it, and have prepared a plan which they confidently believe will completely relieve the congestion of traffic conditions at this point. The details of the plan are shown in the accompanying map and sketch.

A New Bridge.

Briefly, the plan consists of creating additional space at each end of the Summit Avenue bridge by acquiring the necessary property for that purpose. Then the plan contemplates the construction of a new bridge 100 feet wider than the present bridge. The space upon the bridge will be marked off into four roadways, two of which will be for the passage of ordinary automobile traffic in each direction, and the other two for the accommodation of the jitneys and other buses which handle the passenger traffic destined for the Hudson Tubes at this point.

An inspection of the sketch will show that provision is made for the prompt handling of the jitney traffic by convenient passageways through which the passengers upon the buses destined for the tube station, or from the tube station destined for the buses, can reach a lower level under the bridge which leads directly to the summit Avenue station. In this way all the congestion upon the surface of the bridge of passengers from buses to the station and vice versa is very skillfully avoided. The Commission

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