A two and a half minute snippet that sets out the conspiracy theory for those in a hurry, with a full-length feature below for those that are really interested.
"Taken for a Ride" is a full-length feature that was produced by PBS several years ago where a case is made for the theory that the dismantling of mass transit was spearheaded by General Motors:
Whether or not either theory is true, it sure seems plausible, and the extension and ramifications of just the possibility that it is true makes for interesting conjecturing on how things happen in this country.
- Bradford C. Snell, American Ground Transport: A Proposal for Restructuring the Automobile, Truck, Bus and Rail Industries. Report presented to the Committee of the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopoly, United States Senate, February 26, 1974, United States Government Printing Office, Washington, 1974, pp. 16-24.
- Cliff Slater, 'General Motors and the Demise of Streetcars' published in Transportation Quarterly vol 51, 1997 (Eno Transportation Foundation) puts forth the argument that the streetcar was eliminated by the market.