Essay about The Expansion Of Los Angeles Public Transportation

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Many people attribute the decline of Los Angeles public transportation to the General Motors streetcar conspiracy. While this did play a major role, the transformation of the transit system in Los Angeles was more likely the result of a variety of factors, including the growing popularity of the automobile, a burgeoning population, and regional trends in urban development. The 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit references the General Motors scandal. Scriptwriters Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman explained “the Red Car plot, suburb expansion, urban and political corruption really did happen. In Los Angeles, during the 1940s, car and tire companies teamed up against the Pacific Electric Railway system and bought them out of business. Where the freeway runs in Los Angeles is where the Red Car used to be.” Railroad and real estate tycoon, Henry E. Huntington, purchased the Los Angeles Railway in 1898 and started operation in 1901 (Walker). For over five decades, Southern California had an extensive privately owned rail transit network with over 20 streetcar lines and 1,250 trolleys running through the core of Los Angeles (Walker). Pacific Electric, also known as the Red Car system, included over 1,000 miles of track and served neighborhoods such as Echo Park, Westlake, Hancock Park, Exposition Park, West Adams, the Crenshaw district, Vernon, Boyle Heights, and Lincoln Heights (Walker). In 1920, E. Roy Fitzgerald and his brother created National City Lines as a small bus…

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