Back before everybody had a car, thein the 1920s, re was a reasonable light rail system in the U.S. – and in Canada, too. I recall my mother telling me that you could take streetcars from city to city.
What happened to that budding public transit system? Did everyone just decide to buy cars one day? Not quite. They had help. Read “The Great American Streetcar Scandal.”
Here’s a hint:
GM Bought and Dismantled Streetcar Lines Nationwide
GM began by funding a company called National City Lines (NCL), which by 1946 controlled streetcar operations in 80 American cities.
“Despite public opinion polls that showed 88 percent of the public favoring expansion of the rail lines after World War II, NCL systematically closed its streetcars down until, by 1955, only a few remained,” writes author Jim Motavalli in his 2001 book, Forward Drive.