05 Jun '13, 1am

"If the train stays on the track ... it's going to get where it's going" -August Wilson

"If the train stays on the track ... it's going to get where it's going" -August Wilson

Burgeoning private car ownership was the real enemy of established taxicab companies, just as it was the real enemy of street car companies. Thanks to Henry Ford and his competitors car ownership rapidly came within reach of thousands of Winnipeggers who in other times would have had to travel by foot, by horse-cab or by streetcar. Besides, automobiles were a lot cheaper and simpler to keep than horses which had to be fed, watered and cared for daily whether they were working or not. Car ownership consequently had a serious impact on customer base of both streetcars and taxicab companies. It posed an even more serious threat when thousands of car owners in Canada and the U.S. suddenly got the bright idea of using their cars as illegal or quasi-legal taxis. This was the "jitney" phenomenon which seemed to spring up overnight in 1914. In cities, jitneys cruised streetcar sto...

Full article: http://www.taxi-library.org/winnipeg-history/wc49.htm

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