The Jitneys

@article{Eckert1972TheJ,
  title={The Jitneys},
  author={Ross D. Eckert and George Woodman Hilton},
  journal={The Journal of Law and Economics},
  year={1972},
  volume={15},
  pages={293 - 325}
}
  • R. EckertG. Hilton
  • Published 1 October 1972
  • History, Economics
  • The Journal of Law and Economics
T HE "jitney" episode of 1914-1915, wherein private automobiles were used as rivals to street railways, is typically treated in histories of American urban transportation either as an historical aberration, or at most, as an incident which inseminated the engineering design of early buses.1 Rather, we shall attempt to demonstrate in this paper, the jitney episode was central to the history of urban transportation, and more specifically, that the policy of putting down the jitneys led directly… 

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