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Rockford marks end of quest to ride American’s street cars

June 9, 2018

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — An advocate for public transit who set out to ride every street car still operating in America says he has ended his journey on Car 36 in Rockford.

David Alan is a patent attorney from South Orange, New Jersey. The Rockford Register-Star reports he had been a passenger on city rail systems in 27 states and some in Canada before culminating the quest on the Rockford Park District’s three-mile round trip.

Alan is chairman of the Lackawanna Coalition in Millburn, New Jersey. It’s an organization that advocates for better public transit.

Joe Whinnery is a Trolley Car 36 motorman. He says the street car’s heyday in Rockford was during the first quarter of the last century. The convenience and independence offered by the automobile spelled its doom.

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