Friday, July 17, 2015

Street Railway Etiquette; Tale of Two Cities

"The first consideration of a street railway," says this astonishing advertisement, "should be the safety, comfort and convenience of its passengers." 

Street Railway Etiquette in Two Cities


In the St. Louis Post Dispatch one finds an instructive advertisement, filling a whole page and setting forth to the accompaniment of attractive illustrations, the code of streetcar etiquette that should govern travel in that much favorite city, as laid down by the United Railways of St. Louis. It is the unexpected that happens in St. Louis, for, strange to say, the etiquette of transportation there does not govern merely the unhappy passengers and straphangers, but includes likewise important rules which the advertising corporation feels bound to respect.


"The first consideration of a street railway," says this astonishing advertisement, "should be the safety, comfort and convenience of its passengers." Just think of that, and think of what might happen in San Francisco, should the United Railroads feel bound by the same rule. Passengers on the Sutter Street line would find themselves switched onto Market Street without transfer and would be delivered from the musty, fusty old horsecars that constitute the reproach of our main thoroughfare. 



Apparently the etiquette of street railroading that governs the local corporation is expressed and limited by the injunction, "If you don't like it you can get off and walk." It may be that the policy of the St. Louis company is wiser. It will not pay a public service corporation, as a general thing, to cultivate the hostility of the whole community by wanton outrage. San Francisco Call, 1908


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