Who brought Robert Moses down?

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It was Nelson Rockefeller, Governor of New York State

He also formed the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and saved the Long Island Railroad

Robert Moses was a double-edged sword. He built a lot of great things and destroyed a lot of great things at the same time.

Moses was one of the contributing factors to the rapid decline of commuter rail in the New York City metropolitan area in the 1950’s and 1960s. Just when state governments were starting to warm up to the idea of subsidies, Moses would use his power to block funding of any type to the railroads. To understand his attitude towards commuter rail, his mantra was more or less, “The public should not be providing funds to benefit private for-profit corporations.” Never mind that the private for-profit corporations were providing a necessary service. There would be no direct subsidy until he was out of power.

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Troop Trains in American History

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Although I write many articles on scheduled train travel, I’m really much more interested in special movements (Presidential specials, circus trains and the like). One type of special movement important throughout American rail history has been troop trains. The first war in which trains were used to carry Americans to battle was the Mexican War in 1846. Trains were first used on a large scale to transport armies in the Civil War. Extensive use of trains to carry troops occurred in both World Wars. These trains were referred to by railroad personnel as “mains”. Between 1941 and 1945 almost all American soldiers rode a train at some point (over 40 million military personnel). In addition, military personnel on leave as well as POW’s rode the rails. During this period, railroads committed on average a quarter of their coaches and half their Pullmans to running troop trains ,of which there were…

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Love at the time of Mental Health Condition!

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When living with a mental health condition, people often wonder about the aspect of normalcy in their lives – whether it is about day to day functioning, social interactions and most importantly romantic relationships. If you are involved in a relationship and suffer from a mental health condition, you may have often wondered if you should tell your partner about the disorder; if you are single, you must have wondered if being in a relationship is a good idea.

While these questions are bound to arise, it is also important to understand that living with a mental health condition does not stop you from having a healthy, romantic relationship. Many people with even serious mental health conditions are one half of a strong, supportive and committed relationship. Mental health illnesses are very common, and this should not stop you from engaging in nurturing and fulfilling romantic relationship. In fact, it…

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