Editor's note: Many thanks to volunteer researcher George A. Thompson for finding and transcribing these articles describing early commuting. These articles were originally published in the Rockland County Journal.
FACILITIES FOR TRAVEL.
The facilities for travel along the Hudson next season will, by the addition of the trains of the West Shore road, be very large. We have only to refer to some of them to show that travel must indeed be very large in order that all the lines can be made to pay. In the lower Hudson there will be three lines of steamers between Peekskill, Nyack and New York, a steamer will run as usual between Haverstraw and Newburgh, a steamer will run two or three times a day between West Point and Newburgh, a steamer will run between Newburgh and Poughkeepsie, two steamers will run between Newburgh and Albany, three steamers will run between Poughkeepsie and New York, three steamers will run between Rondout and New York, one steamer will run between Saugerties and New York, two between Catskill and New York, two between Catskill and Albany, two between Coxsackie and New York, four between Troy, Albany and New York, also in addition the two day boats between New York and Albany. These make twenty-seven steamboats that will run night and day, saying nothing about handsome barges. Add to these twenty six trains on the N. Y. C. & H. R. R. R., and twenty trains on the West Shore R. R., making forty-six trains in all. The twenty seven steamboats have a carrying capacity of 10,000, and the trains, taking six cars to a train, a carrying capacity of 10,560, making a grand total of carrying capacity, by both cars and boats of 26,650 people. — Poughkeepsie Eagle.
Rockland County Journal (Nyack, N. Y.), February 24, 1883
THE TRAVEL INCREASING. COMMUTERS ARE NOW COMING BACK TO NYACK.
The Saturday Half Holiday Train Will Be Put on the Latter Part of May.
Traveling is steadily increasing to and from Nyack, and in a few weeks at the most the trains and boats will be carrying their full quota of passengers. "The travel on the Northern Railroad," said Mr. William Essex, station agent at Nyack, to a reporter, "is now slightly increased over that of last year at this time, and I think the prospects are good for an increased number of passengers during the season. A number of commuters are already back from the city in their Nyack homes, and most of them travel up and down daily. A little later more cars will have to be put on the trains to accommodate the passengers.
"I have not yet heard of any change in the time-table," continued Mr. Essex, "and I do not anticipate any. The present time table appears to give general satisfaction. The Saturday half-holiday train will be put on the latter part of May."
Travel in other directions is also on the increase. The Chrvstenah carries a goodly number of passengers to and from the city daily, and the number is steadily growing larger. There are more daily passengers to and from the West Shore station at West Nyack than there have been during the past season, and the Nyack and Tarrytown ferry is also doing an increased business.
Soon the tide of Summer travel will set in in every direction, and Nyack will probably have its full share of those who come and go.
Rockland County Journal (Nyack, N. Y.), May 4, 1895
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