Thursday, April 7, 2011

U.S. History - the deliberate destruction of the streetcar - Chomsky

Public Transport shut down for private gain. Notes & Chomsky on National City Lines, the demise of the streetcar.: "The private sector operated in parallel: 'Between 1936 and 1950, National City Lines, a holding company sponsored and funded by GM, Firestone, and Standard Oil of California, bought out more than 100 electric surface-traction systems in 45 cities (including New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, Tulsa, and Los Angeles) to be dismantled and replaced with GM buses... In 1949 GM and its partners were convicted in U.S.district court in Chicago of criminal conspiracy in this matter and fined $5,000.'"

1 comment:

  1. This story is fairly well documented in the 90s doc "Taken for a Ride"