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Handhole of Conduit

n. (hănd"hōl`)

A box or opening communicating with an underground cable, provided for readily tapping the cable, and of sufficient size to permit the introduction of the hand.

from A dictionary of electrical words, terms and phrases
By Edwin James Houston
Published by P.F. Collier, 1903

Hand-hole plate: the cover of a hand-hole.



This is a handhole cover that refers to the Public Service Commission and the Municipal Railway Corporation which came into existence in 1913.

excerpted from:
Building the New Rapid Transit System of New York City
by Fred Lavis, 1915

History and Extent
Extensions to the existing systems of rapid transit in the City of New York have been planned which will involve an estimated expenditure of $366,000,000. The construction of these lines is now well under way and is being rapidly pushed forward at a rate which, it is hoped, will insure their completion by the end of the year 1917. The length of new line is altogether 110 miles, comprising 325 miles of single main-line track. These additions will make the total length of the completed system of rapid-transit railways in the city 230 miles, with 621 miles of single main-line track. The mileage of main-line track will thus be approximately doubled, though it is expected that the capacity for handling passengers will be increased threefold or fourfold.

The magnitude of this work may be at least partly realized by comparison of its cost with that of the Panama Canal, which, including the $50,000,000 paid to the French, is to cost about $375,000,000. This vast enterprise in the City of New York is progressing literally under the feet of its five million inhabitants and the other several millions of the adjacent territory whose business brings them frequently to the city, with hardly any notice or disturbance of the regular routine of business.
The cost is to be born in approximately the following proportions, partly by the city and partly by the two operating companies which will divide the territory between them:

City of New York: $200,000,000
Interborough Rapid Transit Co: 105,000,000
New York Municipal Railway Corporation: $1,000,000

The first of these two operating companies, the Interborough Rapid Transit Co., generally spoken of as "The Interborough," operates the present subway which traverses the length of Manhattan Island, reaching into the Borough of Bronx at one end and a short distance into Brooklyn at the other. It also operates the four lines of elevated railway in Manhattan and the Bronx, as well as the surface lines in those boroughs. The so-called Steinway or Belmont Tunnel, running from 42nd St., New York, under the East River to Long Island City, was built about five years ago by interests closely associated with the Interborough but has never yet been utilized. It is now, however, to be finished, equipped and operated by that company, in conjunction with the other lines of its system.
The New York Municipal Railway Corporation is a company formed by the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Co. to finance and operate that part of this new system of railways which falls to its share. The Brooklyn Rapid Transit Co. is familiarly known as the "B.R.T." and both it and the New York Municipal Railway COrporation will be generally so referred to hereafter. It controls all the elevated and surface lines in Brooklyn including those which reach the famous ocean summer resort at Coney Island.

Thanks to Dorothy Hertle of Con Edision, and Robert Alvey, Dick Willey and Kevin Willis of the EPA