TCJAX brings together Northeast Florida executives to network and discuss topics relating to local and national transportation issues. Our mission today is a continuation of the mission of the first transportation club, formed almost 100 years ago in New York.
The rapid expansion of the railroads and, indeed, the extreme importance of the transportation industry brought into focus the need for a better understanding of the problems and the need for a greater cooperation between those directly involved in the commercial movement of goods.
Railroads in the United States had been subjected to regulations by the individual states through which they passed for many years, and by the Federal Government in 1887. However, it was not until 1906 that Federal Regulations took a more significant role and the general public began to take note of the many changes in the transportation industry. It was these changes which gave birth to uniformity within the railroad industry.
From the mid 1880’s and up to the early days of the 1900’s railroads had enjoyed a period of prosperity. Until this time, railroads were the only generally available means of transport for passengers and movement of cargo. This prosperity, however, was coming to an end of sorts, for on the horizon new competitors were appearing in increasing numbers. This competition would change the face of the railroad monopoly forever.