Excerpt from Annual Report of the Public Trustees of the Boston Elevated Railway: For the Year Ending December 31, 1929
The Public Trustees of the Boston Elevated Railway Company respectfully submit their eleventh annual report.
The experience of the Boston Elevated Railway during recent years emphasizes the fact that while holiday, Sunday and summer riding has been declining, use of the road for purposes of necessary transportation has remained practically constant.
The gross income during the calendar year 1929 decreased as compared with 1928. This indicates a loss of A factor to be considered in comparing figures for the two years is the fact that 1928, a leap year, had one more day than 1929. Mak ing allowance for the additional leap year day makes the percentage decrease in gross income The task of the Boston Elevated Railway is to move large numbers of people to and from their work and about their business, particularly in the rush hours of morning and evening. This imposes a heavy strain on the road's facilities at particular times and emphasizes the vital importance Of such transportation maintained on a basis economically sound as well as efficient from an Operating point of view.
That the road has been operated efficiently during the past year is indicated by the fact that although there were about more car miles Of Operation in 1929 than in 1922 and although many operating expenses including wages have advanced since then, the Operating expenses of the road for 1929 were the lowest since 1922.
That the road has been Operated with an increasingly effective consideration for the safety of its riders and its employees is shown by the gratifying fact lately made public that the Anthony N. Brady Gold Memorial Medal was awarded by the American Museum Of Safety to the Boston Elevated Railway for its record in this field during 1928, as doing most to conserve the safety and health of the public and its employees. The policy and practice of safety educa tion' among the employees of the road are bearing gratifying fruit.
During 1929 the company has continued an organized and ex tensive campaign to reduce accidents and to lessen the suffering and loss caused by such accidents. A group of inspectors are regularly employed to observe the 'work Of individual motormen from the point Of View of safe operation. Expert study has been made Of the. Cause Of accidents and Special attention has been directed towards elimination of such causes. In addition, all rapid transit motormen and all other employees over 40 years Of age actively engaged intransportation are annually examined by physicians to discover any physical defects which might produce accidents.
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