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Che's Chevrolet, Fidel's OldsmobileOn the Road in Cuba$
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Richard Schweid

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780807828922

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807888629_schweid

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Buses & Trolleys

Buses & Trolleys

(p.96) Chapter Three Buses & Trolleys
Che's Chevrolet, Fidel's Oldsmobile

Richard Schweid

University of North Carolina Press

Even though the majority of Cubans lived in poverty during the 1950s, the country still has one of the largest middle-class populations in the Western Hemisphere. In 1953, the number of cars registered to private owners increased to 77,017. This chapter argues that after the Second World War, prosperity did not reach all of Cuban society. Though private transport grew rapidly and became increasingly popular, many people use public transport systems, especially in Havana and Santiago. The chapter discusses the end of trolley systems, the elimination of streetcars, and the growth of bus systems in Cuba. There was a resurgence of streetcar ridership initially, but people chose to rely on buses to transport them in the 1950s.

Keywords:   poverty, Second World War, private transport, public transport, Havana, Santiago, trolley systems, streetcars

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