The Last Streetcar - Habana in the early 50’s moved at a leisure pace. Street cars were still the common mode of transportation at 5 centavos a ride, government enforced since 1901. Due to the open rear platform and the single conductor collecting the fare, it was common to get on in the rear and jump off by the time the conductor wormed his way through the crowded interior. Cuban private and probably corrupt interests combined with U.S. vendors (General Motors, Firestone and Standard Oil) introduced buses. This phenomenon was also taking place in the United States, Los Angeles being a good example. Buses could operate on streets without electric power and stole streetcar passengers. The financially strapped companies were acquired by the bus companies and quickly the streetcars were forced aside. In April 1952, after 96 years of operation, the last streetcar was retired. Ref.
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