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Film: Taken for a Ride The real story of the autooil industry campaign to destroy public transit and push the auto Following a long buried trail of autooil industry schemes, exposes the dummy companies, secret stock transactions and propaganda campaigns that motorized one third of the nations streetcars. Tracks were torn up overnight, and ear splitting, bon jarring buses took the trolleys place. Scores of American cities lost their streetcars, including five of the nations ten largest. The same players organized as the high lobby then campaigned for a network of urban freeways that would destroy Americans downtown and turn the dream into a nightmare Today, twenty eight US cities are building light rail systems, but the highway lobby is back with plans to double or triple the number of autos on the road A story that shaped cities When you talk about urban transportation in America, you talk about streetcars because they are smooth The centre of the road is reserved for streetcars In mid 1930s GM worked hard to create a trend away from rail Cities urged GM to replace streetcars with yellow buses Roy Fitzgerald = President of GM Money is coming from corporate sponsors Plan is to deliberately destroy public utilities GM to se
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