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"Bureaucracies hide their mistakes, because people's careers are tied to those mistakes. Therefore, bureaucracies are a perfect mechanism for perpetuating mistakes."
- Frank Herbert

Beltway  
  A moving sidewalk.  

As he went down the ramp, the cityís hot, metallic smell greeted him and the deep toned vast growl of its teeming millions. After two days of isolation the terminalís bustle confused, almost terrified Brad but he found himself on the beltway at the platformís center and let it carry him down into the dim cool cavern beneath the enormous depot that bestrides mid-Manhattan.

The conveyor leveled out again, slid past the arched openings of the tubeways whose stupendous subsurface network finally had solved the metropolisí perennial traffic problem. Glowing signs named the farflung metropolitan districts, from Perth Amboy to Peekskill, from Long Islandís South Shore to the Raritan.

Behind each a tubecar whined into its terminal trough, disgorged a half-dozen passengers, swallowed a half-dozen others from the head of the waiting line and vanished to be immediately replaced by another.

The whole system fanned out from this hub at the Old Cityís center. Unless oneís destination was on the same line as his starting point, he transferred here. Long before the beltway had carried Brad to his own tube it had become annoyingly congested...

Technovelgy from The Faceless Men, by Leo Zagat.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1948
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Compare to the speed belt from Slaves of Mercury (1932) by Nat Schachner, the slidewalk from Fritz Lieber's 1941 Sanity.and the moving roadway from H.G. Wells' 1899 story When the Sleeper Wakes.

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