Many trolley fans feel that the streetcars might have remained, had NCL not existed to acquire them. But it is possible, that it was federal legislation instead that killed the streetcars, and not the NCL conspiracy. Because the streetcars were the earliest heavy users of electricity, it was practical and economical for many streetcar systems to be owned by the electric utility companies themselves. But it was less profitable for the utility companies to provide electricity to the rural areas of America. There were feelings of neglect in rural America, with electricity not yet made available to them. So in 1935, as part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "New Deal", federal legislation was passed, ordering the electric utility companies to sell off their businesses not actually providing electricity.
So it became less practical anyway, for the transit systems to continue to use streetcars. And suddenly, these streetcar systems became more readily available for takeover by NCL. The conversion to buses might have occurred anyway, but NCL used illegal practices while carrying out this conversion.
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