Beacon Hill Station’s platforms are 49 meters underground, or 160 feet. That’s pretty deep, and it gives some idea of why the station construction has taken so long. I’ve been trying to get into that tunnel for years now, but I’ve got just 7 weeks to go in any case.
In 1949 two big transit-related legal rulings came down from the courts. In the first, the sentence came down in the Great American Streetcar Scandal. Each of the defending companies in the United States v National City Lines was fined $5,000 and each director was fined $1. In the second, United States v Capital Transit Co., the Supreme Court strengthened the Federal Government’s right to regulate and effect public transit under the Constitution’s Interstate commerce clause. These powers eventually enabled the creation of the Federal Transit Administration.