The Trolley System, Buses, and Subways: The African American Suburban Commuter (The Nepperhan Case)
In resistance to the outpour of racial discrimination after the establishment of the neighborhood, residents of Nepperhan-Runyon Heights were able to maintain their jobs in the city through the already established trolley system, which connected to the New York City bus system and the subway at the 242nd street stop in the Bronx.
Figure 15: Yonkers trolley in the 1940s. Source: http://williamftorpey.hubpages.com/hub/trolleys
“Despite pervasive racial subordination, the residents of Nepperhan created a vibrant community. Most held stable jobs in New York City as porters, cooks, chauffeurs, domestic servants, and builders, which they commuted to by taking the trolley and later the bus to the subway in the northern Bronx” – Interestingly enough, not the Hudson River Railroad which connects to downtown Manhattan and Harlem. While Nepperhan-Runyon Heights was somewhat able to counter the restrictions in transportation and housing, for poor African Americans living on the Southwest corner of Yonkers (Created to an extent to fuel the need for labor in the then vibrant industrial western part of Yonkers) it is another story. “Employment for blacks was limited to the lowest-skilled and lowest paying jobs, while housing opportunities were similarly restricted to the southwestern section of the city adjacent to the downtown industrial zone.”
 McGovern Stephen J., "Neighborhoods, Race, and the State," Journal of Urban History, 29, no. 820 (2003): 820-832, http://juh.sagepub.com/content/29/6/820.citation (accessed April 26, 2012).  McGovern Stephen J.