The Streetcar Conspiracy

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The story about the Streetcar Conspiracy states that the death of the electric streetcars is no accident. Many people believe, between 1938-1950, General Motors’(GM) conspired with other companies, including Standard Oil and Firestone Tire’s, to put an end to electric streetcars. During this time, electric streetcars were a popular method of transportation, but GM wanted it gone so they could sell diesel and gasoline buses instead. The urban legend states that, GM began purchasing streetcar lines, then shutting them down, and not long after advertising a trend away from them. Thus, leaving 90 percent of the population without transportation options.
During the mid 19th century, the railways were the fastest, cleanest and cheapest method of transportation. For about 20 years, they had the highest power-to-weight ratio, and the lowest rolling resistance. Dated from since 1888, electric streetcars were most popular in urban areas. By the 1920s’, there were about 1,200 streetcar companies serving many different cities itself and linking others together. In many cities, one of the first challenges they faced were jitneys - unlicensed taxi cab drivers who charged low fees.
In 1921, General Motors’, a corporation that sells vehicles and vehicle parts, took a $65 million loss which led the company to believe that the automobile market is crashing, and the only way for them to restore profitability is to destroy its biggest competitor: the electric street cars. So, the Chairman for

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