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The Great American Streetcar Scandal

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posted on Nov, 12 2010 @ 02:53 PM
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Thanks for the comments. I was unaware of trolleys in Philly. I'd like to do some traveling someday and see what other cities have going. We only have the bus system here, with a crappy monorail that services the Strip, and I rarely visit the Strip and only used it once to get part of the way home on a New Years celebration after they blew up the Hacienda, whatever year that was. It really only serves the tourists, not the locals.




posted on Mar, 2 2011 @ 09:24 AM
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I came across some interesting pictures and story of the Cincinnati subway. This was before the Streetcar Scandal, but the outcome was the same. Who knows if pressure from the auto industry helped ruin the chances of this subway system which was never finished nor used.


Eleven days after America entered World War I, Cincinnati voters gave their final approval to build a 16-mile, $6.1 million rapid-transit rail system above and below ground. The war put the project on hold. Work finally began with a ground-breaking ceremony on Jan. 28, 1920. By then, however, inflation had doubled prices of goods and materials.

During construction, a battle raged at City Hall: Seasongood's reformers versus the Cox machine. Seasongood won and eventually stopped work on the subway. He cited inflation and the failing fortunes of the interurban railroads that would be linked to the subway.

Seasongood noted that rising auto sales would reduce potential subway ridership. He failed to look further down the road to see a growing population with more cars, leading to traffic congestion and the need for a subway.


It's a pretty wild story.www.enquirer.com...



































































The pictures and info about them

Cincinnati Subway Story



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