“Don’t it always seem to go – you don’t know what you got, til it’s gone…”
Would electrically-powered public transportation seem like some kind of futuristic dream?
Bloomington/Normal, Illinois, had streetcars. From 1867 to 1936. The system went electric in 1890. It served both wealthy and working-class neighborhoods. Imagine that! The city’s leaders riding with rail-yard workers and shoe-store clerks.
Systems like this one were common across the country. But as wealthy people bought automobiles, ridership naturally declined. GM was eager to speed the process along by buying up streetcar systems. Conspiracy-oriented people called it a “premeditated” program, though that word makes it sound like a crime and it certainly wasn’t illegal. It was just business. In retrospect, very good for GM.