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[HISTORY DETECTIVES] Historical transit decision comes full circle with May 3 millage | Transportation

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[HISTORY DETECTIVES] Historical transit decision comes full circle with May 3 millage
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A portion of the vintage footage featured in the video is from a film made in the 1920s. That promotional film was made by the Grand Rapids Railway Company, the private corporation that controlled the transit in the city. In the beginning of the silent film, there is an introductory passage

The Grand Rapids Railway Company proves its faith in Grand Rapids by investing in new Electric Rail Coaches, giving Grand Rapids World leadership in ultra modern street railway equipment.

The prominent families and city planners knew that a robust transit system would ensure the future prosperity of the city. Grand Rapids had a transit system in place as early as 1865 and it had culminated into a system that rivaled those of major cities. In 1927, the Grand Rapids City Planning department started a plan that envisioned a city with both auto and rail traffic serving 300,000 citizens by 1975. Sadly, this vision of transit came to an end less than five years after the railway company's...

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